MISHKA S KUKLOYU (BEAR WITH DOLL) exhibition is announcing a contest for Doll and Teddy Bear makers for the award of «Ursa Major” (the Great Bear).

The theme of the competition in 2018 is «Cinematheque».

There will be seven nominations in this contest:

1. Black and White cinema

2. Musical

3. Historical cinema

4. Western

5. Soviet cinema

6. Fiction

7. Children’s cinema

Execution techniques:

1. Black and White cinema — Classic Teddy

2. Musical, Historical cinema, Western, Soviet cinema, Fiction, Children’s cinema – You can submit a teddy bear or any other animal made out of any material (examples: papier-mache, textiles, metal, ceramics) as long as long as you preserve 5 rotating elements of classic teddy; head, arms and legs. You are free to choose any style and any execution technique.

Conditions: We invite artists from around the world working in any genre of puppetry, technique, material and style to participate in our contest. In order to be enrolled in the contest, please submit an application (free format) to mishkaskukloyu@mail.ru. The participation fee in the amount of $20 must be paid before October 10, 2017 into our PayPal account, which will be provided to you once your application is received. Every additional nomination will be another $20.

Photos of the submitted work must be emailed to mishkaskukloyu@mail.ru by October 15, 2017. Please include a note about the competition, your full name, title of your work, and description of the work (material and size) in your email.

Photo requirements: clear, sharp and well-lit photos of your work in four angles: full face, profile, rear view and 3/4. Photos of the works will be anonymously provided to the jury. Authoritative and professional jury will choose the most expressive and vivid images.

Criteria for evaluation:

1. Expressiveness, stylistic decision

2. Uniqueness of authorship, skill

3. Harmoniousness, color solution, relevance of parts and accessories.

The winner of the competition will be announced at the opening of the exhibition on October 27, 2018. The winners of all 7 nominations will receive a prize — “Ursa Minor” (the Little Bear). The jury will select a winner out of these 7 artists to also receive the grand prize — an “Ursa Major” statuette and a certificate. Each participant will receive a video master class «Modeling hands and shoes for a Teddy-doll».

!!! Special prize from Sebastian Marguardt — free table on TEDDYBÄR TOTAL  http://teddybaer-total.ru.com/

!!! Special prize from Chieko Hazeki — Participation in FANTANIMA (Japan) https://www.facebook.com/Fantanima/

The distinctive feature of the contest «Ursa Major» is freedom of creativity, innovation, expressiveness, artistic solution of form and essence.


Members of the jury of the contest “Ursa Major”(the Great Bear)

Vlasova Vera (Russia) — Artist, jury member  https://www.facebook.com/vera.vlasova.507

Maria and Svetlana Zabrozky (Lithuania-Russia) — Artists and designers. Participants of many international puppet exhibitions including two exhibitions in Japan as representatives of European puppet art. Maria and Svetlana are authors of many different art projects. They have been collaborating with the puppet gallery «Vakhtanov» for many years.  https://www.facebook.com/Sonadorka

Marina Dorogush (Czech Republic-Italy) — Artist, jury member https://www.facebook.com/marina.dorogush?ref=br_rs

Chieko Hazeki (Japan) — Gallerist, President of the Union of Puppeteers of Japan «Team Koyaala», the organizer of the exhibition FANTANIMA  https://www.facebook.com/Fantanima/

Sebastian Marquardt (Germany) — Organizer of exhibitions TEDDYBÄR TOTAL and International Puppet Spring in Münster (Germany) and Hugglets in London (England).  Publisher of German magazines about puppets and teddies «TEDDYS kreativ» and «PUPPEN & Spielzeug» and a book «UK Teddy Bear Guide». http://teddybaer-total.com

Zhirenkina Alena (Russia) — Artist, jury member   https://www.facebook.com/alena.zhirenkina