Open Call: Public Art Project Competition

12 Nov > 30 Dec 14

Yay Gallery and YARAT Contemporary Art Organisation are pleased to announce 'Urban Voice' public art project in an attempt to support contemporary art in November 2014. This project is an open contest for an art project installation to be placed on a pedestal in front of Yay Gallery.

Yay Gallery cordially invites all interested artists, sculptors, architects and designers to participate in the contest. The jury will consider sketches of sculptures, installations, large structures and street art projects, including layouts of public art objects created with luminous and other effects. 

The theme of the contest is 'Clashes between people's inner world and modern global factors'.  Modern cities are extremely attractive places to live. Urban space has been transformed into the quintessence of modern living, or at least to some extent of this ideal. Based upon their interest, tastes and wishes, different urban classes strive to match their requirements with the arrangement of new cities. 

Nowadays people find it difficult withstanding the increased urban noise levels. The constant sound of cars, never-ending repair works, many promotional events and unbearable car horns all combine together with other factors to test the limits of urban infrastructure and the integrity of public developments. But there is always the other side of the coin. How does this unprecedented noise level affect our private spaces? Firmly shutting doors and windows, drawing the curtains and covering our ears are not seen as viable solutions.  

Today's big city residents are clearly failing to shelter from the constant urban noise. Yet physical space really should evoke a sense of comfort and harmony as well as an environmental cohesion between the people living there. 

Application for this project is free and open to all. 

Each applicant can present no more than five art project proposals. For this contest only original art project proposals will be considered – they should be specifically designed for this contest, based on original concepts of the applicant (i.e. they must not duplicate or copy previous concepts) and must not previously have been exhibited, published, produced or sold. Appliants are forbidden to submit video or audio material that violates the legislation of The Republic of Azerbaijan, including material that injures citizens, ethnic minorities, religions and races and promotes violence, extremism, pornography, drug abuse, suicide, violence as well as all other illegal activities. 

Contest finalists will be awarded with certificates. The winning art project will be installed on the pedestal. The winner will also recieve a cash prize. 

The art project implementation will result in the final selection of the art object (scupture) to be installed on the pedestal in front of Yay Gallery. All costs relating to the implementation of the winning art project will be covered.  

The winner will be decided through the assessment of the technical and artistic properties of the submitted projects by the contest jury of prominent artists.

To apply for the contest, candidates should visit, download and fill in the relevant application form and submit it to between the first of acceptance for applications and the scheduled deadline. 

The submitted material, documents and art projects will not be returned to the applicants. 

Only art objects tailored for an open-air 146 x 324 cm pedestal and resistant to environmental conditions will be considered.  

Competition works:

The panel will accept many different projects - sketches of sculptures, installations (including large-scale) and street art, amongst others. The use of lighting and other effects are also allowed.

Competition terms and conditions:

To participate in the contest you must be at least 18 years old, working in an architectural or other artistic field (professional or amateur) or be an art school student.
Participation in the contest is open to entries only during the registration period, available on the website at where you can:    

1. Familiarize yourself with the theme of the competition;
2. Download an application form to participate;
3. Fill out the application in accordance with the terms of the competition;
4. Send the completed application form to

*The application deadline is 30th December 2014 at 18:00 pm.
Participants in this YAY Gallery project must present accurate information in a file, as well as up-to-date contact information.

Please download Terms & Conditions and Application Form for details

More info: or by phone +99412 505 2323

5 Kichik Qala Street, Icheri Sheher Baku

Azerbaijan, AZ 1000

+99412 505 23 23


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