Vyksa city has hosted ART-OVRAG Festival since 2011. Since that time the festival has turned into a large-scale movement transforming the city space. Every year ART-OVRAG welcomes more than 10,000 participants and guests, more citizens get actively involved in the festival development. During these years around 80 mural paintings and art objects were created on the streets and gradually transformed the city into an open street art museum.
Vyksa city of Nizhny Novgorod region is a significant industrial hub of Russia. The United Metallurgical Company (OMK), a 260 years old metallurgical plant is situated here. One of the plant buildings will be decorated with the biggest mural painting in the world. The area of the proposed facade is 10.000 square meters.
We are looking forward to receiving applications and sketches from artists, designers and architects who are working with urban art and monumental paintings. The winner will be awarded with 1.000.000 rubles.
The author of this large-scale painting will be chosen by the members of the expert council and the jury composed of renown artists, art theorists and curators who are long time working with monumental art both in Russia and abroad.
The mission of the contest is to make the art forms of mural and graffiti more popular and highlight them as a contemporary direction of visual arts. The contest also aims to draw attention to the developments of visual arts in public spaces.
The mural painting will be presented at the ART-OVRAG festival on 16th – 18th of June, 2017.
Application submission deadline 31.01.2017.
You will find the online application form and further information on our website: http://artovrag-fest.ru/eng
The procedure of the contest
The application period
Potential contenders and general public are invited to take part in the Contest. They can send their applications from 23.11.2016 – 31.01.2017 (18:00 Moscow standard time).
The work of the Jury
The Expert Council and the Jury of the Contest will evaluate the applications and announce the winner. The announcement will take place on 28.02.2017.
Implementation of the projects
The winning projects will be produced in the town of Vyksa (Nizhny Novgorod region, Russia) in the period between 15.03.2017 – 10.06.2017.
Presentation of the project at the ART OVRAG festival (16 – 18.06.2017)
The expert council of the contest
Sabina Chagina — curator of various street-art projects, one of the managers of the Artmossphere Moscow Street Art Biennale. She is also the co-founder of the Artmossphere Agency that supports and promotes street-art events.
Julia Bychkova — producer and curator of the Archstoyanie landscape-art festival, architect, photographer, deputy-director of the National Center for Contemporary Arts in charge of strategic development.
Anton Kochurkin — curator of the Archstoyanie Land Art Festival, architect, artist, director of the «8 lines» architecture bureau, laureate of various prizes in architecture.
Yasha Young — director and curator of the Urban Nation street-art museum in Berlin.
Irina Sedykh — the president-chairwoman of the supervisory board of the OMK-Uchastie Charity Fund. She is one of the co-founders and manages of the ART OVRAG festival of the urban culture.
Boris Bernaskoni — architect, the director of the Bernaskoni architecture bureau, the winner of multiple architecture awards, participant of the main program at Venice Architecture Biennale 2016.
Alisa Prudvikova — art historian, curator, director of the Ural branch of ROSIZO-NCCA, commissioner of the Ural Industrial Biennial of Contemporary Art, the chairman of the International Biennial Association.
Andrey Bartenev — artist, creator of numerous installations, exhibitions and performance. He hosts workshops in USA, Great Britain and all over the world. His works are often exhibited in the most significant contemporary- art museums in Russia and abroad.
Dmitry Aske — Muscovite artist working in multiple genres. His works have been exhibited and printed by various institutions working with graffiti, typography, illustration and contemporary art.
Alexey Novoselov — curator, director of the exhibition department at Moscow Museum of Contemporary Art, one of the top-managers in charge of Moscow Biennial of the Young Art, corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Arts.
Sabina Chagina, curator of Vyksa-10000 contest:
“..Street art has escaped out of the limits of American graffiti and Banksy phenomenon acquiring the legacy of Mexican muralism school. The guys who were painting walls illegally have grown up and today they are creating impressive wall-paintings in the streets of world capitals that are approved by city authorities.
In my opinion the art project that has embraced Vyksa opens truly new horizons and sets the trend for monumental painting of world-class in Russia. Vyksa is already famous for its collection of works created by popular street-artists and this ambitious project propels Russian street art to another quality level.”
OMK-Uchastie Charity Fund is the author and organizer of the Festival. The Fund was founded by OMK (United Metallurgical Company) – one of the largest Russian manufacturers for energy, transport and production industries. OMK manufactures pipes of various purposes, rail wheels, rolled stock and automobile leaf springs. OMK consists of seven large metallurgical entities located in two continents. Active social policy and charity are among OMK’s priorities.
Contest Founder: United Metallurgical Company (OMK)
Contest Co-Founder: OMK-Uchastie Charity Fund
Contest Organizer: 8 Lines Agency involved with projects in architecture, art and urbanism. Having started with exhibitions, at the moment partners of 8 Lines are working at the intersection of architecture and design, art and marketing; they are using not only architecture-and-space tools, but also extensive socio-cultural practices. 8 Lines is an expert in the development of city space and natural areas.
Contest Co-Organiser: Artmossphere Creative Agency – an agency promoting street-art in Russia, the author and organizer of Artmossphere Street-Art Biennale that was first hosted in Moscow in 2014.