Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Culture of Tatarstan Republic
Elabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve
Elabuga Cultural Heritage Fund
IX International Art Symposium on contemporary
Art «Elabuga. Town of birds» on the theme
«Elabuga. Look into the past»
Elabuga • June 23-July 3 • 2014
Elabuga is the biggest tourist center of the Republic of Tatarstan, the town with a thousand years of history. Finno-Ugric, Turkic and Slavic peoples who lived here formed a powerful fusion of ancient cultures that served as the basis for the modern harmonious coexistence of different ethnic groups and religions. Elabuga is among few towns in Russia that has preserved the comfort and charm of the old merchant city of the XIX century.
Homeland of the world famous painter Ivan Shishkin is the meeting place of artists, poets, musicians and young talents. Every year it attracts intellectuals for work, establishing professional contacts and exchange of experience. The state museum-reserve of Elabuga plays a big role in this process, every year expanding its activities, developing and implementing new projects.
Of great importance among them are the art projects that since 2010 have acquired an international status. They were attended by artists from 13 countries: Turkey, Scotland, China, Egypt, India, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Russia.
In 2014, from June 23 to July 3, State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve will hold IX International Art Symposium on contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past».
The richest history of Elabuga is reflected in historical monuments of culture, in the works of folklore, in the symbols of the city. Legends and stories have a significant place in the awareness of the value of the historical heritage in Elabuga. Folklore reflects the life of the inhabitants of Elabuga, their moral and spiritual search. Events and facts of reality often form the basis of legends about Elabuga.
All the art projects that were traditionally initiated by Elabuga Museum Reserve are aimed at preserving historical memory, national identity and the development of inter-ethnic cultural dialogue.
The aim of the IX th International Art Symposium on Contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past» is arousing interest to the historical and cultural past of Elabuga, popularization of folklore, legends, stories, works of prominent residents of Elabuga Ivan Shishkin, Nikolay Shishkin, Dmitry Staheev, disclosing the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past» through interpretation of literary and cultural works using graphic forms.
The outcome of the symposium will be the creation of works of its members on the theme of Elabuga, with subsequent transfer them to the funds of Elabuga State Museum.
Objectives of the symposium
— Invitation of artists from different regions of Russia and from abroad to participate in the IX th International Art Symposium of contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past».
— Acquisition of Elabuga State Museum works of participants of the IX International Art Symposium on contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past».
— Formation of a traveling exhibition of works of participants of the IX International Art Symposium on contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past».
— Publication of the catalog and creation of a video version of the IX International Art Symposium on contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past».
During the symposium artists should create 1-2 pieces depending on the creativity. Works can be performed in painting (canvas, acrylic, oils) or graphics (unique graphics, print graphics).
Artists will be provided with ready canvases (for painting, the size is no more than 100 х 100 cm) and paper (for the graphics, no more than 2 sheets of Whatman paper).
Paints, brushes, arts, cutters and printing forms participants bring themselves.
Obligations of the parties
1. Obligations of organizers
— To provide the equipped accommodation for carrying out of the symposium;
— To prepare canvases and a paper by application of the participant;
— To provide easels and chairs for work;
— To provide hotel accommodation and three meals a day;
— To ensure the organization and holding of a round table on the art of the IX International Symposium on «Elabuga. Look into the past»;
— The organizers, if necessary, can provide the translation into English and German languages for foreign participants during activities of the symposium program;
— To organize a cultural program for participants of the symposium;
— To organize the exhibition in the Exhibition hall of Yelabuga State Museum Preservation on the termination of symposium;
— Publish a catalog-album of works created during the IX International Symposium on contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past», dedicated to the Year of Culture of the Russian Federation and the 25th anniversary of Elabuga State Museum and donate one copy to the participant.
2.Obligations of participants
— The participant who received an official invitation of the organizers should confirm in writing the participation in the IX International Art Symposium on contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past» (in electronic form);
— To transfer all works created during the symposium to the possession of Museum Preservation gratuitously and to transfer exclusive rights to the Museum Preservation for the further use, reproduction and the publication of these works;
— To provide the information, the digitized photos of the works created at the symposium, the detailed description of works (material, technics, tools, the size, the year of creation) for the publication on web sites, in catalogs, in presentations and other information-advertizing materials;
— Take a personal part in the events organized under the program of the IX International Art Symposium on contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past»;
— Transportation costs, tools and materials (brushes, paints, printing forms) at the expense of the arriving party.
— In the IX International Symposium on Art contemporary art on the theme «Elabuga. Look into the past» can participate members of creative unions (if you have a profile, application filed on time, and an official invitation from the organizers);
— In the IX International art symposium «Elabuga. Look into the past» can take part only the participants invited by organizers (after giving of the questionnaire-demand);
— Persons interested in participation, members of participants’ families can contact the organizers about the possibility of staying at a symposium at own expense;
— The participant doesn’t have the right to demand any indemnification or compensation for participation in the exhibition and activities organized by its program, and also for an exposition of the works and/or for use in catalogues, on sites, in information-advertising materials of the IX International art symposium «Elabuga. Town of birds».
Organizers of a symposium
Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
Ministry of Culture of Tatarstan Republic.
Elabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve.
Elabuga Cultural Heritage Fund.
Initiative group of the project
Gulzada Rudenko — general director of Elabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve, the Honored worker of culture of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan, the winner of the Russian Federation Government Award in the sphere of culture, the adviser of the Head of Elabuga metropolitan region for development of tourism and cultural heritage protection, a member of Public Chamber of the Republic of Tatarstan, a member of the Presidium of the Russian Museums Union.
Salavat Gilyazetdinov, a member of the Russian Federation Union of the artists.
Terms and carrying out conditions
The IX International art-symposium «Elabuga. Town of birds» will be held from June 23 - July 3, 2014.
Payment for accommodation and meals, cultural program, providing easels, canvases and paper are at the expense of organizers;
Transport charges to Elabuga back are at the expense of the arriving party.
The application form for participation is accepted until June, 10 2014. By the application should be attached 4-5 photos in an electronic version with the image of author's works of different subject areas.
The selected participants will be informed and officially invited for participation in the IX International art symposium «Elabuga. Town of birds».
423600, the Republic of Tatarstan, Elabuga, Gassara St., 9.
Fax: 8(85557) 7-89-38
Tel: 8(85557) 7-86-00
The Exhibition hall of Yelabuga State Museum Preservation of History, Architecture and Arts.
The Republic of Tatarstan, Yelabuga, Kazanskaya St., 24.
How to reach us
Moscow – Nizhnekamsk. The arrival airport: Nizhnekamsk.Transfer to Yelabuga – 30 minutes.
Train Moscow – Naberezhnye Chelny.Transfer to Yelabuga – 20 minutes.
Podnoskova Gulnara, director of the Exhibition hall of Elabuga State Museum Preservation.
Gagarina Tatyana, a senior research assistant of the Exhibition hall of Elabuga State Museum Preservation.
Parshikova Elena, art critic of Elabuga State Museum Preservation.
Tel: 8 (85557) 7-89-38