On 28 September 2019, at the Ukrainian House on Khreshchatyk Street, a ceremony of awarding the participants and winners of the VII All-Ukrainian Children’s Drawing Contest “DRAW BEFORE IT’S GONE!”. The ambitious Ukrainian children’s art contest is held for the seventh time in a row on the initiative and with the financial support of Igor Iankovskyi Charity Foundation. This year, the Contest organisers asked children to speak up on the topic of the looming environmental disaster caused by human activity which has become a problem worldwide.
“My little daughter was the one who inspired the theme of the art contest. This spring, she has come to me and said, “Dad, let’s do an environmental contest.” And in May, we announced the contest “Draw Before It’s Gone!” Today, the whole world is discussing the recent high-profile speech delivered by Greta Thunberg, a young eco-activist from Sweden, at the UN. I see that kids realise the horror of what is happening to nature, and all they can do now is express their perspective of the problem through their art. Obviously, we attempt to somehow address the issue, but our hope is, first and foremost, on our children, whose heads are not filled with all sorts of stories from the past. I hope they will change the world for the better,” said Igor Iankovskyi, founder of the “Initiative for the Future” Charity Foundation, businessman and philanthropist.
Entertainers dressed as giant polar bears and a huge panda greeted the guests of the award ceremony at the front entrance to the Ukrainian House, and the hall was decorated with cloud-shaped garlands of white and green balloons. The well-known Ukrainian showman Andrii Chornovol hosted the contest, the award ceremony, and various interactive activities for children who created the ultimate festive spirit.
At the beginning of the ceremony, a canvas with dozens of paper butterflies, where young artists wrote what or whom they would like to preserve on the planet, was brought on stage. Later, wishes were read out from the stage, and the guests added their verbal suggestions.
In the six months since the start of the contest, 504 artworks by 434 young artists aged 5 to 17 from 21 regions of Ukraine were submitted to the jury. The most active regions were the Regions of Mykolaiv, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Donetsk, Kyiv, Odesa and Cherkasy. 106 educational institutions from all over Ukraine, including art schools, studios, gymnasiums, municipal educational establishments, actively participated in the creative process.
The finalists were greeted by the jury members such as Yosyp Ostashynskyi, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, and Olha Novikova, Master of Arts, Senior Researcher at the Bohdan and Varvara Khanenko Museum of Art. The contest has a great tradition of including participants of previous contests of the middle and senior category to the jury. This year, Liubov Vlasova, winner of VI All-Ukrainian Children’s Drawing Contest UKRAINE OF THE FUTURE, has taken up the baton.
Igor Iankovskyi presented valuable prizes and diplomas to the winners of the Contest, selected by the expert jury consisting of professional artists. In total, 29 winners were awarded in 6 nominations.
In the age group 5 to 7, the finalists were Sofiia Brukhovets (Kryvyi Rih), Kateryna Tursunova (Kryvyi Rih), and Anna Pohrebna (Nizhyn, the Region of Chernihiv) won the first place with her drawing “PORTRAITS OF BIRDS FROM RED LIST OF THREATENED SPECIES”.
Anastasiia Parakhoniak (Halych, the Region of Ivano-Frankivsk) and Adelina Kulibaba (Zinkiv, the Region of Poltava) made it to the finals in the age group 8 to 12. Kseniia Burian (Mykolaiv) won the first place with her drawing “WHITE RHINOCEROS”.
Mariia Semeniuk (Novoselytsia, the Region of Chernivtsi) and Vladyslava Koshova (Kramatorsk, the Region of Donetsk) were the leaders in the oldest age group 13 to 17, with Oleksandr Perekhrest (Drabiv, the Region of Cherkasy) winning the main prize and the first place for the artwork “STOP. DON’T DESTROY”.
As per tradition, all the participants of the VII All-Ukrainian Children’s Drawing Contest “DRAW BEFORE IT’S GONE!” received honorary diplomas from the organisers. The finalists were awarded large sets of art supplies including paints, brushes and paper for their further growth as artists. The winners received modern gadgets — special light pads for drawing.
A unique art exhibition of the 100 best works sent to the Drawing Contest this year was opened at the Ukrainian House on the day of the awards ceremony. The exhibition will be available to everyone from 28 September to 12 October 2019.
Igor Iankovskyi Foundation has also prepared a variety of creative workshops open for everyone. After the award ceremony, the young artists tried their hand at creating 3D images with 3D pens, planting succulents in mini-buckets, sewing textile owls, weaving dreamcatchers, making applications for Emoji pillows, and painting with a palette knife.
Finally, the organisers presented the children with a pop-up that served treats such as mini-burgers and hot dogs as well as a variety of cakes. To the delight of the children, there was also a chocolate fountain to dip their strawberries and bananas, as well as an ice cream station.
For many years, the Igor Iankovskyi Foundation “Initiative for the Future” has supported the creative generation of young talented Ukrainians, allowing children to discover their creative potential and developing the creative heritage of well-known Ukrainian artists.
The artworks of the finalists and winners are exhibited both in Ukraine and abroad. For instance, the artworks of the participants of the III All-Ukrainian Children’s Drawing Contest “FAITH. HOPE. LOVE.” were presented at the UN General Assembly building in New York. Exhibitions of the best children’s drawings that had made it to the finals of the Drawing Contest were also presented in Belgium, France, and Poland.