We invite you to take part in the competition for the Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award´20!


The competition is open to graduates of bachelor's and master's studies of 2020 from 1th of September until 8th of November.

To participate in the Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award, submit a photo of your graduation project and additional information via an online form “Artist Submission“ 

Winners of the competition chosen by international jury will be announced in the beginning of December, Public Choice award online voting will be held from 16th of November until 25th of November. 

The competition gathers the best works of BA and MA graduates of 4 art academies (Estonian Academy of Arts, Art Academy of Latvia, Vilnius Academy of Arts and Finland, Uniarts) to the online platform nbyaa.eu, promotes the graduation shows and brings international attention to the graduating students, who are facing the hardest moment in starting their careers. 

The Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award aims to support young talents in the beginning of their careers as professional artists and to offer both art-friends and art professionals better access to discover young artists.



Graduates of Estonian Academy of Arts, Art Academy of Latvia, Vilnius Academy of Arts and Finland, Uniarts


The winner of the competition’s Grand Prix is selected by an international jury and is targeted at selected graduates from each academy. The winner is awarded a monetary prize of 2000 € 

The OPEN CALL awards is a category of Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award ´20 competition, which is open to all the graduates of art academies participating. Everyone participating in the Open Call has the opportunity to be awarded with prizes: 

- Painters Prize Award 1000 €  is selected by international jury
- Public Choice Monetary prize 500 € is handed out based on the public voting on the website
- Fotografiska award – an exhibition in the Tallinn Fotografiska exhibition premises, handed out by Fotografiska Tallinn’s special jury


- Possibility to be spotted among international contemporary art curators

- Being part of Baltic and Nordic art community

- Possibility to create an artist profile on biggest contemporary art platform in the Baltics NOAR.eu

- Visibility among larger public through Public award experience 


Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award 2019 had altogether 97 young artists from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania participating in the contest, representing more than 300 artworks. The awards ceremony was held in the Latvian National Art Museum in Riga. 

The winner of the Grand Prix was decided by the international jury, accompanied with a 2000€ monetary award and an invitation to present the artworks at the Vilnius Art Fair and Tallinn Biennial in 2020.

Grand Prix: Rag Elnyg (University of the Arts Helsinki), mixed media artwork “Titled” 

Young Painter Award: Janis Šneiders (Art Academy of Latvia), series of paintings “The Place”

Fotografiska Tallinn Award:  Ignas Pavliukevičius (Vilnius Academy of Arts) installation “What the other I want”. 

Public Choice Award:  Rasuole Jautakyte (Vilnius Academy of Arts), sculpture “Objects for body. Simulation of mental disorders. Paranoia, 2019”

The competition is coordinated by Nordic Baltic Art Center NOBA, Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Finnish art academies and Nordic and Baltic contemporary art platform NOAR.eu.

Contact: info@nobaac.com