2018 Thailand - Turkey Young Artist Competition was organized by the coordination between the two Art schools, Artlab, Bangkok and Duygu Sanat Atolyesi, Izmir. The program aimed to promote cultural understanding and strengthen relationship between Thailand and Turkey in the form of Art exchange under theme “In the city where I live”.
The competition has reached to the unexpected number of submissions, as for more than 700 Artworks were submitted from all over Thailand and Turkey. Through the evaluation of our respective committees comprising of professional Artists and Art Educators from both sides, 70 painting finalists of young Thai and Turkish Artists were selected to show in our Awards ceremonies and exhibitions. As our aim is to support young talents to keep their motivation towards Art and social study, the winners were prized with Art scholarships and quality Art materials.
The Award ceremonies and exhibitions were held in two locations. In Izmir, Turkey, as part of 2018 International children’s festival which attracted visitors from over European region and at TK Park (Thailand Knowledge Park) located in the central area of Bangkok metropolitan. The Exhibitions have received well interested among local media of both countries (e.g. Aktuel Haberci, Post today, ThaiThai, Banmuang and M2F News).
Our expectation through organizing a program such this one is not only for bettering cultural understanding among 700 youths who participated in our competition, but also give opportunity for these young talents to express their vision to the uncountable numbers of audiences through international exhibitions. We hope this competition has left a larger impact to communities beyond what we see and remains a good experience in the memory of all participants and audiences.