The Martinsons Award – an art comeptition within a framework of the 1st Latvia International Ceramics Biennale held in premises of the Daugavpils Rothko Art Centre is a pulsing proof of vitality of ceramics art and a tool of its rebirth.
The year 2016 in Latvian national and international contemporary ceramics is marked as a celebration of memory of the most outstanding Latvian artist, one of the founders of Latvian contemporary ceramics Pēteris Martinsons, therefore the 1st Latvia International Ceramics Biennale is a tribute to the great Latvian artist’s 85th anniversary.
Individual artists as well as groups of artists regardless of their ages and nationalities were invited to participate in the art competition-exhibition The Martinons Award within the Biennale. Each participant could submit only one piece of art for the competition. Creation of artworks was burdened by no limitations in terms of themes, materials or sizes; however, the ceramic component had to be decisive in the work of art.
298 outstanding applications submitted by artists from 44 countries were received for participation in the art competition The Martinsons Award. Jury of the International Biennale chose 110 works by international artists and 26 works by Latvian artists for participation in the Biennial’s competition exhibition. And out of 136 art works the jury selected 6 international and 6 national nominees eligible for the award.
International nominees for the Martinsons Award:
JULIA SAFFER / Germany
VINEET KACKER / India
MARIE-JOSÉE COMELLO / Germany
ÖMÜR TOKGÖZ / Turkey
BEATRIJS VAN RHEEDEN / Netherlands
HASAN ŞAHBAZ / Turkey
National nominees for the Martinsons Award:
Jury of the Martinsons Award:
ILONA ROMULE/Latvia – artist, member of the International Academy of Ceramics
ELAINE O. HENRY/USA – artist, editor of magazines “Ceramics: Art and Perception” and “Ceramics TECHNICAL”
BERND PFANNKUCHE/Germany – artist, editor of the magazine “Neue Keramik/New Ceramics”
SIMCHA EVEN-CHEN/Israel – artist, PhD, member of the International Academy of Ceramics
JANE JERMYN/Ireland – artist
ŞIRIN KOÇAK ÖZESKICI/Turkey – artist, PhD, academician
VALENTĪNS PETJKO/Latvia – artist, curator of the Biennale