This year the biggest children’s drawing competition has accepted more than five hundred works from all-over Ukraine. Totally 485 young artists aged from 5 to 17 years took part in the contest. The most active were the habitants of Kyiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Odessa, Zhytomyr, Mykolaiv and Donetsk regions. The creative activity of their pupils has been supported by more than 100 art schools.
The prize-awarding ceremony of the IV National children’s drawing contest “UKRAINE: THE WAY TO PEACE!” has been attended by 260 young artists and their parents from all-over Ukraine. It started with extraordinary creative performance by Denys Dytyniuk, the artist virtuoso, finalist of the TV-show “Ukraine has talent”. With the help of two canvas and paints he made a show, demonstrating both the way to peace and hope for the joyful future for Ukraine.
Opening the ceremony, the Foundation’s patron addressed to the guests and contest’s participants: “Everything that we do the last four years under this contest is dedicated to the young generation of Ukrainians. “UKRAINE: THE WAY TO PEACE!” is the way to transmit the image of Ukraine through the paintings, through the eyes of the children, the image that we all carry in our hearts. Last years the exhibition of contest’s winners and finalists has already visited Belgium, Poland, France and the United States of America. We will carry on this mission in order for the whole world to see Ukraine not from the TV image, but from those marvelous drawings!”.
The professional jury of the contest comprised the artist Olesya Dzhuraeva, artist and book illustrator Kost’ Lavro, finalist of the II National drawing contest “My peaceful Ukraine” Janna Dubnikova and Aelita Andre, a young Australian girl recognized as the youngest artist of the world. In her 9 years she already became a laureate of the art contests of London, New York, Hong Kong and Rome. She also counts for nine personal exhibitions. Although she couldn’t make to the ceremony in person, but she addressed through the video-message to the organizing committee and contestants: “All the drawings were executed so excellently that I couldn’t chose the first places because every drawing was original and reflected the emotional state of the artist!”.
The professional jury has chosen 40 finalists in 13 nominations. In the age group from 5 to 8 years the finalists were: Sofiya Diakevych and Vironika Tkachuk, the first place – Denys Potobenka (the work entitled “The patriotic snail”). In the age group from 9 to 13 years the finalists were: Ganna Poliakova and Victoria Beidyk, the first place – Anastasiya Mischanova (the work entitled “The way from war to peace starts from me”). The oldest winners in the age group from 14 to 17 years the finalists were: Vladyslava Hrechkosiy, Olga Solodovych and Nataliya Bogaychuk, the work of the last – “The joy of motherhood”, took the first place. All the winners and finalists, as it was the previous years, have been awarded with valuable prizes, notably the 10 days long individual courses from Art-center “Aurum” with master-classes and lessons in order for young artists to perfection their drawing techniques.
Due to the children’s drawing contest “UKRAINE: THE WAY TO PEACE!” young Ukrainians, as noted Igor Iankovskyi, seized the opportunity to communicate their civic position and views on the further development of Ukraine. All the wishing to get acquainted with this vision could attend the exhibition of the finalists and winners of the contests, opened in the Ukrainian House from the 25th of June till the 9th of July.
All the works of young creative artists reflect their hopes and aspirations: for the peaceful sky, for the smiles in the faces of simple people, for the reliable and strong State. And the quantity of the works sent to the contest one more time testifies the enormous creative potential of the young generation of Ukrainians. That is why the Igor Iankovskyi National Charity Foundation “Initiative for the Future” is dedicated to the supporting of the young talents in their creative developing because they are the future of Ukraine!