Vilnius is investing €500,000 for the contest “I am creating Vilnius”

The contest “Kuriu Vilnių” (English: “I am Creating Vilnius”) for decorating spaces of the city in a modern way for the fourth consecutive year is back – artists can win up to EUR70,000 for offering an idea and implementing it in any area of the capital. The City of Vilnius has allocated a total of EUR500,000 for the implementation of ideas and is waiting for applications till 15 February 2021.

Mayor of Vilnius, Remigijus Šimašius, said: “During the first three years of its existence, the contest “Kuriu Vilnių” has positively changed the looks of the city, especially neighbourhoods further away from the city centre, and inspired many great talents to develop their ideas. Support of the City allowed authentic pieces of art, which became the center of attraction, to appear in almost all elderships of the city. This period of our life is difficult for everyone, but it also opens up new paths that encourage creativity: I invite artists to create, offer their ideas, to make their city more beautiful and famous”.

Works of art are especially welcome in areas of the city that are priority areas at this stage of the programme: Karoliniškės, Fabijoniškės and Naujininkai. Karoliniškės and Fabijoniškės do not have a single object from “Kuriu Vilnių” so far, and Naujininkai is a rapidly changing district with an ambition to become the gate of the city, aiming to have its public spaces arranged and its living environment enlivened, thus lifting Naujininkai to a completely different level and raising the district anew. This year, City of Vilnius calls for more than just drawings or sculptural elements, but encourages their citizens to search and offer more diverse solutions.

Vilnius also invites to offer ideas on how to turn a standard old obsolete metal garage into a work of art – currently such garages are being removed around the city, freeing up state land for public spaces and infrastructure development. If artists offered some original and acceptable ideas, the City would plan to look for a place for one or several of such garages in public spaces, leaving them as an artistic attribute reminding of the perishing culture of metal garages.

This year, there are multi-apartment communities that offer walls of their buildings for works of art themselves, thus relieving artists of the burden of organizational matters. Specific locations will be listed next to the description of the “Kuriu Vilnių” service, and the programme coordinator can be contacted for more information.

Applications will be accepted till midnight of the 15th of February 2021 and by electronic means only, here is the link.