year’s Youth Competition exhibition I could not attend because my great
grandchildren refused to leave the pool, it was just too hot. Anyway, I went
the next morning. I was very disappointed
to see so very few entries this year, and unfortunately , it is becoming less
and less by the year. See the two links for 2017 and 2015; in the past there
were many more. What is the reason? Is it the fast living world? Is it the
distraction through the unreal universe of internet and I-phones?
year there were 14 young artists registering with altogether 49 works, of which
12 artists with 28 works were accepted for the exhibition at the Atatürk
Cultural Centre in Nicosia. The Jury members of this year’s competition were:
Filiz Ankaç, Nilgün Güney and Şenol Özdevrim.
winners this year are:
Betmezoğlu, born 1995
Behcet Caymaz, born 1989
Özyay, born 1993
Göksu, born 1996
Ince, born 2000
other artists accepted are: Hasan Kayiplar (2002), Ali Genç (1984), Celal
Atikler (1994), Ilayda Kürde (2001), Ilayda Özbekoğlu (2001), Nurtane Karagil, Osman Onalt Alicik (2000)
of those young artists who have been in the last years’ final lists have in the
meantime entered their professional life, have become teachers themselves or
are following another creative road. Art education will be more important as
time goes, I am positive. Municipalities
and private initiatives are entertaining alternative creative circles and
schools, they have understood that it is important to develop the creativity of
young kids in order to be successful in school and later life. A person who had
intensive art education will be more observant than others.
I do hope that the interest in this governmental painting competition will
improve again and will next year show more entries.