Nordic and Baltic Young Artist Award was created under the name of Baltic Young Artist Award in 2016 by Nordic Baltic Art Center NOBA and the Latvian Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation (founded jointly by the ABLV Charitable Foundation and the Boris and Ināra Teterev Foundation). The goal of this competition is to support young talents in starting their careers as professional artists and to offer both art-friends and art professionals better access to discover young artists. The competition is coordinated by NOBA and the prize connects Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian art academies and gathers the best works of the graduates to the online platform, promotes the graduation shows and brings international attention to the graduating students, who are facing the hardest moment in starting their careers. 

2018 the University of the Arts Helsinki (Uniarts Helsinki) joined the competition and the award got a new name – Nordic and Baltic Young Artist Award.

The winner of the competition, selected by an international jury, is awarded a monetary prize of 2000 €, Young Painter Award winner will receive 1000 euros and a prize of 500 € is awarded to the winner of the online public voting.

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The competition was held already for the sixth time with Sofia Haapamäki winning the Grand Prix, besides the additional prizes and special mentionings. A total of 142 works from 78 authors were submitted to the large-scale competition, which gathers the best works of the graduates of Estonian, Latvian, Lithuanian and Finnish art universities. 

Madara Kvēpa from the Latvian Academy of Arts won the title of the best Young Painter and Monika Radžiūnaitė from the Vilnius Academy of Arts was also mentioned.

Traditionally, the audience had the opportunity to choose their favorite by participating in the online voting from November 15 to December 5. This year it turned out to be Amanda Krumina with her work “I`m on the goat”, which collected 80 votes from 1695.

As an innovation, the Fotografiska Tallinn special prize, the museum’s annual ticket, was awarded to Stina Isabel Gavrilin for her video projection “Morning. I’m going to lose my mind”.

The main sponsor of the prize fund, which consists of the Grand Prix of 2,000 euros, the Young Painter Award of 1,000 euros and the Public Award of 500 euros, is the Postimees Foundation.

The international jury of NOBA’21 consists of Anne Klontz (USA/Sweden Konstfack), Katerina Gregos (National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST) in Athens), Simonas Kuliešis (Vilnius Academy of Arts), Andris Vitolinš (Latvian Academy of Arts), Andra Orn (contemporary art platform, Pire Sova (Estonian Academy of Arts), Harri Monni (Helsinki Uniarts). 


2020 Nordic & Baltic Young Artists Award was held already for the fifth time. The competition featured 77 young artists, including 13 graduates from 14 Estonia, 17 Finland, 15 Latvia and 31 Lithuania, who submitted close to 300 entries.

Grand Prix: Kristine Krauze-Slucka for mixed media installation Orgatopia

Painter Award:  Laura Vela for 144 paintings as objects combined in the multimedia installation Time.Identity

Public Choice: Akvilė Malukienė for artworks series Flowers.


In 2019 altogether 97 young artists from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania participated in Nordic & Baltic Young Artist Award competition presenting 301 artworks. The award ceremony was held in Latvian National Art Museum in Riga. The winner of the Grand Prix was decided by the international jury, accompanied with 2000€ monetary award and an invitation to present the artworks at Vilnius Art Fair and Tallinn Art Week in 2020. In addition, since 2019 two additional awards are handed out – Young Painters Prize with 1000 € monetary prize and Fotografiska Tallinn chooses a winner for their award to make an exhibition in Fotografiska Tallinn (invitation to host a solo-exhibition in Fotografiska)

.Grand Prix: Rag Elnyg, mixed media artwork “Titled”

 Grand Prix: Rag Elnyg ”Titled”, 2019

Young Painter Award: Janis Šneiders, series of paintings “The Place”

Fotografiska Tallinn Award: Ignas Pavliukevičius (Lithuania) installatsioon “What the other I want”.


Public Choice Award:  Rasuole Jautakyte, sculpture “Objects for body. Simulation of mental disorders. Paranoia, 2019

Read the press release and browse the photo gallery of the ceremony.

Read the interview with Rag Elnyg 

Member of the Jury: Anne Klontz (USA/Sweden konstfack), Anna-Kaisa Rastenberger (Helsinki Uniarts), Anni Anttonen(Helsinki Uniarts), Pire Sova (Estonian Academy of Arts), Andra Orn (contemporary art platform, Andris Vitolinš (Latvian Academy of Arts), Milda Dainovskytė (Vilnius Academy of Arts ), Aušra Trakšelytė (Vilnius Academy of Arts). 


Altogether 95 artists from Finland, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania with around 200 pieces of art participated in the contest in 2018. The winner of NOBA and Public Choice Award winner was rewarded with the monetary price of 2000€. She was also invited to participate in ArtVilnius 2019 and Tallinn Art Week in 2020. A Public Choice award winner revealed based on public online voting received the monetary reward of 500€.Grand Prix: Elina Vitola Common Issues in Painting and Every-Day Life 5Public Choice: Laima Antonova Transformation of everyday lifeWatch an interview with Elina from the award ceremony.Watch the flashback video from the award ceremony “Breaking the Walls”Check out the photo gallery from the award ceremony.

Baltic Young Artist Award 2017

Grand Prix: Katrina Čemme What is Lost is Lost Forever“.Public Choice: Laura MotienjunaiteTextile and Jewellery Synergy in Contemporary Jewellery Collection“.

Baltic Young Artist Award 2016

Grand Prix: Juhan Soomets 

Public Choice: Nojus Petrauskas