The Center for Environment invites visual artists (graphic designers, students of art academies and faculties and all other creatives) to apply for a public competition for a visual display on the topic “Balkans Beyond Coal – 2036”. The competition is open starting from Monday, April 4 to May 16, 2022.
Why “Balkans Beyond Coal – 2036”?
The countries of the Western Balkans are at an energy turning point. Therefore, decarbonization by 2050 is imperative to achieve the goals of the Green Agenda for the Western Balkans. This process implies the economy’s transition from fossil fuels to sustainable renewable energy sources.
The Coal-Free Europe Alliance is committed to ending coal use by 2035 and moving to a 100% renewable scenario. Countries in Europe are halfway to closing their coal-fired power plants. The governments of the Western Balkans are in a more difficult position, primarily due to their high dependence on coal and a still unplanned action on energy transition.
In addition, it is very likely that a taxation plan for carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in our region will be implemented in the coming period. If governments do not take concrete steps to end their coal use, taxes will drastically affect our lives. The sooner we move to the production of energy from clean sources, the sooner we will benefit from the energy transition, and the negative consequences for the environment and society will be reduced.
The primary goal of the call is to help showcase an artistic presentation of the vision of the clean energy future of the Western Balkans (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo *, Northern Macedonia).
In this way, visual artists will creatively present their personal visions of the coming clean energy future. This is why the question arises: “How do you see the Balkans in 2036?” Is our future bright? Or is it dark? Or is some kind of compromise possible?
Visualization reaches the awareness of citizens, institutions and other interest groups, which is one of the campaign’s goals.
The campaign “Stop Dirty Energy – Future is Renewable” aims to draw the attention of citizens, experts, relevant institutions and other social actors to the worrying state of the environment and the unsustainability of the existing energy systems in Bosnia and Herzegovina.
At the same time, the campaign aims to raise awareness of the negative aspects of coal-fired electricity from a health, environmental and economic perspective while promoting sustainable energy systems based on energy efficiency and renewable energy sources.
Specifications and techniques
- There are no restrictions regarding technique: drawing, painting, graphics, collage, digital art or graphic design are all acceptable.
- The competition is open to creatives over the age of 18.
- Each author may submit up to a maximum of 2 works.
- Creatives may submit a short description of the work, up to 400 characters with the pieces.
- Works should be submitted in A3 format – horizontally.
- Works should be submitted in digital format.
- The works should be in RGB color mode 300dpi.
- Only original works that have not been previously published can apply for the competition.
- The deadline for submitting works is May 16th, 2022, at 11:59 p.m.
- Works along with the completed form should be submitted to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
- For the file name use: First_Last Name.
- Works that are deemed to incite hatred or any other form of violence will be automatically disqualified.
- This call is open for the international artists.
Jury and awards
Crucial factors in selecting the best works will be the artistic quality of the outcomes, booming and clear harmonization of themes and visual content, originality and innovation.
The shortlisted works will be published in a publication, printed on checkers and promotional materials. Exhibitions will be organized in June in Banja Luka, Belgrade and Sarajevo.
The expert jury will award three cash prizes: the first prize of €300, the second prize of €200 and the third prize of €100.
At the latest, the jury will decide on the awarded works by May 23, 2022.
The organizer reserves the right to use the selected and awarded works to make a publication, printing on checkers and promotional materials and project campaigns.
By applying to the competition, the authors agree that their work can be used to promote the purpose of the exhibition and subsequent promotional activities related to the campaign.
All additional information can be obtained by sending an inquiry to the email address: email@example.com, marked “Balkans without coal – 2036”.