Shell NSAC exhibit goes virtual. Photograph courtesy of TWITTER/AYALAMUSEUM
Compared to the adversities faced by many people during this pandemic, art seems to be like a non-essential compared to other industries. While this is a valid sentiment, it has led to less opportunities for local artists.
The multinational company Shell addresses both the practical and ideal viewpoints concerning art by pushing through with its 53rd Shell National Students Competition (NSAC), with the theme “Hope in our art.”
This contest is one of the country’s longest-running art competitions. It has paved the way for local artists to establish themselves in the art circles. It has also produced prominent names like National Artist awardee Jose Joya, Expressionist painter Ang Kiukok, applied sculpture practitioner Leeroy New and photorealist painter Ivan Roxas.
Winners of the 52nd NSAC.
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Young artists crafting change
May they be into digital arts, oil and acrylic, watercolor and sculpture, student artists are welcome to join the contest.
Believing in the power of young artists to propel change, Shell vice president for External and Government Relations Serge Bernal shared, “Building communities and advocating for youth opportunities have been Shell’s top priority.
“Young artists often have a fresher vision and an untarnished idealism. We believe they can influence the country towards a better and brighter future,” Bernal added.
Art curator Con Cabrera, for his part, stated, “The pandemic is an issue of social realism. We are not just artists, we’re problem-solvers, too.” And the best people who can effectively spark dialogues about resolving these issues are the youth members of society who are growing up with the horrifying current social realities.
Propelling art forms virtually
This may be the first time that NSAC takes the digital route in exhibiting the contenders’ entries, but this does not mean it is less special.
This year, more than 1,250 students are expected to participate. Winning contestants will be awarded with cash prizes, medals and plaques, with the third placer getting P30,000, second placer getting P40,000 and first placer getting P60,000.
Applicants may submit their entries from 25 August to 11 October. Shell’s official website also has all the information needed about the submissions.
Artworks will be judged according to their innovative nature that not only aesthetically pleases spectators, but also inspires.
As Ayala Foundation director of Arts Mariles Gustilo puts it, “Life-changing events such as the pandemic brings new art expressions of human conditions.”
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