Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation
Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan
Yelabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve
XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art «Rites and Customs»
Yelabuga • 10 — 20 July 2017
Modern Tatarstan is a dynamically developing region, the cultural center of the Volga region. Yelabuga, a “jewel” in the heart of Tatarstan, is an ancient merchant city, where representatives of different nationalities and faiths coexist peacefully for centuries. Tatarstan, in particular, Yelabuga with its rich historical and cultural heritage, has long been the center of attraction for many tourists from around the world. They are attracted with multinational and poly-confessional character of the population of the Republic that is living in close ethno-cultural mutual influence and interpenetration of traditions.
Homeland of the world famous painter Ivan Shishkin, Yelabuga is the place of communication of artists, poets, writers, musicians - both masters and young talents. Every year it attracts intellectuals for work, establishing professional contacts and exchanging experience. The leading role in this process plays Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve, which every year expands the scope of its activities by developing and implementing new projects.
The history of Art Symposiums begins from 2006, when the first Russian Plein air dedicated to the 175th anniversary of the birth of our countryman Ivan Shishkin and the forthcoming 1000th anniversary of Yelabuga was held. Practically immediately the Art Symposiums have acquired ethnic orientation in order to preserve the historical memory, national identity and the development of inter-ethnic cultural dialogue. Since 2010, the project received international status.
Another interesting Art project is "Yelabuga Exlibris Triennial", which took start in 2012 and has grown to an international level by joining in 2015 88 participants from 11 countries.
In total, in 11 years, the Museum-Reserve held 18 art projects, in which 570 artists from 20 countries took part: Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Hungary, Egypt, India, Kazakhstan, Canada, Kyrgyzstan, China, Russia , Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Czechia, Montenegro, Scotland (United Kingdom). In total they have created more than 1000 works, transferred to the Museum-Reserve funds for replenishment of the Museum Fund of the Russian Federation.
From 10 to July 20, 2017 Yelabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve will hold the XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art on the theme "Rites and Customs ». This theme includes artistic interpretation of the rites and customs of peoples all over the world, dedicated to holidays and everyday events.
Many festivals and rituals by their origin are inextricably linked to religion, culture and spiritual heritage of this or that nation. Throughout the existence of mankind these unique historical and cultural values were born and improved and then disappeared, but the vast majority of them still managed to get to the present day almost in its original form.
The most ancient of these rites and customs are directly related to paganism, which once formed part of the earliest representations of the human person and the world, and later became the basis for all existing religions in the world.
Each of now known religion and every nation has its own specific rituals which can be daily, weekly, annual or episodic (e.g., baptism and wedding of the Christians; nikah and giving a name of Muslims, Orthodox Christmas, Christmastide, Shrovetide, Easter, Kurban -Bayram, Uraza Bayram, etc.)
Purpose of the symposium
The aim of the symposium is to generate interest in the cultural traditions of the people as an important part of national identity in contemporary art through the popularization of rites and customs in painting and graphics of modern Russian and foreign masters.
The outcome of the symposium will be creation by its participants the works on a given theme, followed by the obligatory transferring these works to the funds of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve for replenishing the museum fund of the Russian Federation.
Objectives of the symposium
1. Providing conditions for creative communication and experience exchange of invited artists from different regions of Russia, near abroad and far abroad countries;
2. Providing a platform for the realization of creative abilities of the artists in order to maximize disclosure of their plans within the framework of XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art "Rites and Customs";
3. Continuing the work of formation the fund of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve with the works of contemporary artists - participants of XII International Art Symposium;
4. Formation of the exhibition of works of the participants in XII International Art Symposium and its future use as a mobile exhibition for exhibiting in the cities of Russia and foreign countries;
5. Publication of the catalog of the XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art on the theme “Rites and Customs.”
1. Within the framework of the symposium, participants have to create 1 or 2 work. Creative work can be performed in the technique of painting (oil on canvas, acrylic), graphics (unique and printed) in accordance with the theme of the symposium “Rites and Customs.”
Artists will be provided with canvas (no larger than 120x120 cm), paper (watercolor, for drawing and printing), clay, textiles and an etching device if necessary.
Participants will have to bring with them paints, brushes, graphic materials, cutting tools, printing plates and other necessary materials to create works.
2. Organization in the framework of the XII International Art Symposium of the master class for participants of the project on Linocut according to the theme of the symposium under the leadership of authoritative members of VTOO "Union of Russian Artists", Honored artists of Russia and its regions. Linoleum, paper and tools will be provided. During the Art Symposium all the artists will take part in the creation of collective art object, the job and the terms of which will be announced in the course of implementation.
3. The project participants will be able to hold their own master classes for participants of the symposium and teachers of Yelabuga College of Culture and Arts, Art schools and higher Art educational institutions of Yelabuga and Naberezhnye Chelny.
Obligations of the parties
1. Obligations of organizers:
— provide the equipped room to hold a symposium;
— prepare canvas or paper on the participant’s application;
— provide easels for work;
— provide hotel accommodation and three meals a day;
— organization and holding of the round table on the theme of the XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art "Rites and customs";
— ensure, if necessary, translation into English and German for foreign participants during the events on the program of the Symposium;
— organization and holding of an exhibition in the Hall of Contemporary Art of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve at the end of the Symposium;
— awarding all the participants of the XII International Art Symposium with diplomas and gifts;
— edition an album-catalog of works created during the XII International Art Symposium, and give one copy to each participant.
2. Obligations of the participants:
— the participant who received an official invitation of the organizers should confirm in writing the fact of participation in the XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art on the theme “Rites and Customs” (in electronic form);
— give all the works created during the symposium to the possession of Museum Reserve gratuitously and to transfer exclusive rights to the Museum Reserve for the further use, reproduction and the publication of these works;
— give for publication on websites, in catalogs, presentations and promotional materials the information about themselves, digitized photographs of the works created during the Symposium and a detailed description of these works (material, technique, tools, size, and year of creation);
— have available instruments and consumable material (brushes, paint, graphics, and cutters, printing plates);
— have a national costume for the opening ceremony of the exhibition;
— take a personal part in master classes organized within the framework of the XII International Art Symposium and discussion on the results.
In the XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art "Rites and Customs" can take part members of professional artistic creative unions (if the Application Form was given in time and if there is an official invitation from the organizers).
Participants have no right to claim any compensation and remuneration for participation in the exhibition and the events organized under the program, as well as for exposition of their works and / or for use in catalogs, on websites and in information and advertising materials of the XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art.
All information about the event will be published on the website of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve elabuga.com
Organizers of the Symposium
The Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation.
The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Yelabuga State Historical-Architectural and Art Museum-Reserve.
Author of the idea of the Symposium
Gulzada Rudenko — General Director of Yelabuga State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve, Honored Worker of Culture of the Russian Federation and the Republic of Tatarstan, winner of the Russian Federation Government Prize in the field of Culture, a member of the Presidium of the Union of Russian Museums and ICOM of Russia, Deputy Chairman of the Public Chamber of the Republic of Tatarstan, the co-chairman of the Tatarstan regional branch of the All-Russian public movement "Popular Front "For Russia "," the advisor of the head of Yelabuga municipal district on the development of tourism and protection of cultural heritage.
Curators of the Symposium
Salavat Gilyazetdinov — Honored Artist of the Republic of Bashkortostan, a member of the Russian Union of Artists.
Rabis Salyakhov — Honored Artist of the Republic of Tatarstan, member of the Union of Artists of the Republic of Tatarstan.
Coordinator of the Symposium
Gulnara Podnoskova — Director of the Exhibition Hall of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve.
Terms and conditions
XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art on the theme "Rites and Customs" will be held from 10 to 20 July 2017.
The arrival date of the participants is July 10, 2017.
Departure — July 20, 2017.
The grand opening exhibition of works of participants in the XII International Art symposium will be held on July 19, 2017 in the Hall of Contemporary Art of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve.
Terms of admission
1. Payment for accommodation and meals, provision of canvas and paper, organizing of cultural programs is at the expense of the organizers;
2. Transportation to Yelabuga and back is at the expense of the sending party or the expense of the participant;
3. Application Form for participation (Appendix №1) is taken till June 15, 2017 to the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org. To the application form should be attached 4-5 photos with the image of the author's works on different themes (in electronic form);
4. Applicants approved by the Art Council of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve will be officially invited to participate in the XII International Art Symposium on Contemporary Art on the theme "Rites and Customs."
423600 Republic of Tatarstan, Yelabuga, Gassara Str., 9.Phone at the reception of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve: 8 (85557) 7-86-00
Exhibition Hall of Yelabuga State Historical and Architectural Museum-Reserve: Republic of Tatarstan, Yelabuga, Kazanskaya Str., 24. Phone, Fax of the Exhibition Hall: 8 (85557) 7-89-38 E-mail: email@example.com
Gulnara Podnoskova — Director of the Exhibition Hall of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve;
Zilya Nigamaeva — Head of the Hall of Contemporary Art of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve;
Parshikova Elena — art historian, senior researcher of the Exhibition Hall of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve;
Aleksandra Druzhinina — Research worker of the Exhibition Hall of Yelabuga State Museum-Reserve.
How to reach us:
By plane from the international airports of Moscow («Domodedovo», «Sheremetyevo» and «Vnukovo»)
Moscow – Nizhnekamsk. Arrival Airport: Nizhnekamsk. Transfer from the airport to Yelabuga – 40 minutes.
Railway stations (Republic of Tatarstan)
In Naberezhnye Chelny Train Moscow – Naberezhnye Chelny (№112M Moscow – Round Field). Transfer from train / railway station to Yelabuga – 20 minutes.
In Kazan The distance to the city of Yelabuga – 200 km, travel time – 3 hours.
Railway stations (Republic of Udmurtia)
In the town of Mozhga The distance toYelabuga – 94 km, transfer – 1 hour 30 minutes.
In Izhevsk City The distance to Yelabuga – 183 km, transfer – 3 hours.