We invite you to take part in the competition for the Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award´21!

The competition is open to graduates of bachelor's and master's studies of 2021

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.

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“ 

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. 


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 ´21 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



This years jury will include Anne Klontz (USA/Sweden), Simonas Kuliešis (LT), Andris Vitolinš (LV), Andra Orn (EE), Pire Sova (EE), Anni Anttonen (FI).
We are also happy to announce that Katerina Gregos, who was the curator of Riga Biennial ROIBOCA 2018 and now Artistic Director of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens, will be part of this years 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

Public Choice award online voting will be held in November and Winners of the competition chosen by international jury will be announced in December. 


In 2020 Nordic & Baltic Young Artists Award was held already for the fifth time. The competition  featured 77 young artists this year, including 13 graduates from 14 Estonia, 17 Finland, 15 Latvia and 31 Lithuania, who submitted close to 300 entries.

Grand Prix: Kristine Krauze-Slucka for mixed media installation Orgatopia

Painter Award:  Laura Vela for 144 paintings as objects combined in the multimedia installation Time.Identity

Public Choice: Akvilė Malukienė for artworks’ series Flowers

The winner of NBYAA is rewarded with a monetary prize of 2000€, she is also invited to participate at Tallinn Biennial in 2022 and received an invitation to attend an art residency in Viinistu Art Harbour. The Painter Award winner is rewarded with a monetary prize 1000€. A Public Choice award winner, revieled based on public online voting, receives a monetary reward of 500€.

The international jury of the competition in 2020 included Anne Klontz (USA/Sweden konstfack), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Helsinki Uniarts), Anni Anttonen (Helsinki Uniarts), Pire Sova (Estonian Academy of Arts), Andra Orn (Nordic Baltic Art Center NOBA, contemporary art platform NOAR.eu), Andris Vitolinš (Latvian Academy of Arts) and  Marija Marcelionytė-Paliukė (Vilnius Academy of Arts) 

Check out the artworks attended the competition