The exhibition “Value Brooch” is not only the current, now the 10th international exhibition of children’s and youth art, which takes place in Riga and is organised by the Riga City Council, but also an important stop on the way to the 12th Latvian School Youth Song and Dance Festival. These events are united by both the slogan “Decorate!” and the values defined by the festival organizers: creativity, responsibility, cooperation.
This time, creativity clearly dominates both in the use of the digital format defined by the exhibition concept, and in the design of the unique stands created specially for the exhibition, and, of course, in the content and form of works of art sent from many parts of the world and Latvian regions. By providing drawings, paintings and graphics for evaluation, children and young people show that they are ready to take responsibility for the future. Young artists show that they are aware of the importance of their choices, because the values they choose will shape the future of the world. The “Value Brooch” could not have been created without close cooperation between art schools and educational institutions of Riga and Latvia with the Education, Culture and Sports Department of the Riga City Council overseeing and supporting the process.
As a result, we are witnessing an ambitious event. “Value Brooch” includes an art competition, an exhibition on the Esplanade, a digital exhibition on the website vertibusakta.lv, as well as creative workshops.
More than 300 works were submitted to the exhibition, of which the jury selected 176 authors. It shows works from representatives of 9 countries (USA, Australia, Bulgaria, India, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Finland, Sri Lanka). Such an event, which complementing the contribution of the Song Festival, marks the special place of children and youth on the world cultural map, once again confirms Riga’s potential to be young, beautiful and rich.
BAIBA ŠMITE, Head of the Culture Board of the Education, Culture and Sports Department of the Riga City Council
The layout of the exhibition is designed as a group of 3 symmetrically centred objects, each object is like a picture book that is placed vertically, that allows you to look at each side of the page without hindrance. The works of young artists reveal a colourful, poetic and fascinating worldview.
PĒTERIS ZILBERS, exhibition designer, zilbersdesign.com
Defining values, understanding, making choices is becoming increasingly important. The important values for children and young people will determine the future. An insight into this scene is provided by the 10th International Exhibition of Children’s and Youth Art “Value Brooch. “Family”, “Friendship”, “Home” occupies a dominant place among other topics represented in the exhibition. This stability of inherited values allows us to look to the future with hope.
An international jury of professionals has worked hard to select the works and rank them in terms of quality, which has given each of us the opportunity to form our own meaningful view of the performance of young authors.
“Value Brooch” was created as a joint venture with the participation of all Riga art schools, but the creation of the exhibition would not have been possible without the support of the Education, Culture and Sports Department of Riga City Council.
“Value Brooch” project coordinator VILNIS HEINRIHSONS