On October 14 this year in the building of the Palace of Peace and Reconciliation in the Center for Contemporary Art "Kulanshi", the results were summed up and the winners were awarded of the drawing competition of children and youth creativity "Tugan zherim" . The event was held in an online format – participants joined the broadcast through the ZOOM app.


The contest was organized by the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy, the Center for Contemporary Art "Kulanshi", Charitable Foundation for Supporting Creative Initiatives of Young Talents "Bayta", Education Department of Nur-Sultan, the Representation of the International Union of Teachers-Artists (RF) in the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Eurasian Academy of Arts, Children's Art School - UNESCO Club in Nur-Sultan with the support of ForteBank JSC and the Leonardo hobby hypermarket.

The "Tugan zherim" drawing contest for children and youth started in 2004. In 2006, the competition reached a new project level. The Museum of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan – Elbassy became a platform for summing up the results of the competition and exhibiting the winners' works. The publication of contest catalogues has become a good tradition.

The main goal of this project is to familiarize children around the world with the culture and creativity of Kazakhstan, creating conditions to unlock their personal and creative potential. The works of the contestants, performed in various techniques of painting, arts and crafts and sculpture, reveal the whole palette of modern children's artistic creativity, show the level of professional skill of teachers.

This year the competition became more extensive. More than 400 works on the suggested topics: "Past, present, future", "The land where I was born", "Traditions of my people", "My hobby", "I am an artist" were sent not only from different parts of Kazakhstan but also from Russia, Tatarstan, Bashkortostan, Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus.

Deputy Director of the Library of Elbassy Kulyaysha Aktayeva made a welcoming speech to the participants and organizers:

– From the first moments, when then the Museum of the First President supported this initiative, we were moved by the realization that only children's creativity is the most sincere and the most complete expression of art. Every year the works of our young participants inspire us to continue and not stop on this creative path. That is why the Library of Elbassy does not get tired of supporting children's creativity. We want to express our admiration and gratitude to the contestants.

According to a member of the jury and the organizing committee of the competition, director of the Kulanshi Center for Contemporary Art Leyla Makhat, it is always very difficult to make a decision about what place this or that work of art will take.

– And children's creativity is almost impossible to evaluate. Children put a part of themselves, their hearts and for them to participate in the competition is a great test. But if children want to become artists, it is worth getting used to it, because the work of the artist is evaluated by the audience, the work of the writer – by the reader, etc. I am absolutely delighted with the quality of the works submitted for the competition, I was very pleased with the number of works and the geography of participants. I want to congratulate everyone who found the courage to send their work to this competition," she said in her speech.

In the age group 8 to 10, 3rd place was taken by Nikulina Sofia (Dolgoprudny, Russia), Alekseenko Valeria (Barnaul, Russia), Sapar Surya (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan); 2nd place went to Alexey Litvintsev (Borisov, Belarus), Alina Porkhacheva (Murom, Russia); 1st place was won by Morgun Sofia (Donetsk region, Ukraine). The Grand Prix was received by Matvey Krylov (Leninogorsk, Tatarstan).

– I am very happy to win, it is difficult to describe my emotions now. I am happy to represent my country in such a major international competition. Thanks to the organizers and the jury! – 10-year-old Alyosha Litvintsev from Belarus shared his impressions.

In the age group 11-13, the winners were: 3rd place - Pechenskikh Sophia (Kamensk-Uralsky, Russia), Terekhov Danil (Salavat, Bashkortostan), Ivshina Alina (Igra, Udmurtia), Novikova Daria (St. Usolye-Sibirskoye, Russia), Shuyinshi Jamilya (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan); 2nd place - Loginova Ulyana (Novosibirsk, Russia), Maulen Dina (Petropavlovsk, Kazakhstan), Yakovleva Victoria (Elabuga, Tatarstan), Iskendirova Aigerim (Badamsha village, Kazakhstan); 1st place - Anastasia Schelyapa (Sverdlovsk region, Russia), Berdybai Zhansaya (Shymkent, Kazakhstan), Tukhtaeva Saodat (Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan); Grand Prix - Akpayeva Dilnura (Sol-Iletsk, Russia), Savelieva Victoria (Magnitogorsk, Russia).

Winners in the age group 14-16: 3rd place - Akbota Kasenova (Stepnogorsk, Kazakhstan), Anel Prudnikova (Pavlodar, Kazakhstan); 2nd place - Matveeva Varvara (Shuya, Russia), Diana Petracheva (Ekibastuz, Kazakhstan), Valeria Shtyreva (Lisakovsk, Kazakhstan), Anna Chen (Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan); 1st place - Alexandra Efremova (Yekaterinburg, Russia), Ekaterina Krivleva (Rudny, Kazakhstan), Rai Nina (Volgodonsk, Russia); Grand Prix - Botirova Sevinch (Shakhrisabz, Uzbekistan), Seilkhan Ayim (Aktobe, Kazakhstan).

– I mean, I was hoping for myself, I wanted to win, but it was very unexpected, exciting for me. I want to thank our wonderful art school for this opportunity. I wish all participants of the competition further success! - said Anna Chen.

The organizers noted that the winners of the contest will receive their diplomas and prizes by mail.

"I'm asking you not to stop. Save up successes that will move you further, your joys, your experience. Thanks to your parents, who believe in and support you, your teachers, who see your talent, reveal it, and put their heart and soul into you. Your efforts are very much needed by society, we need them. Create, surprise, inspire the world! – said Svetlana Makhat, Director of the Charity Foundation for creative initiatives and cultural heritage "Bayta", addressing the contestants.

Residents and guests of the capital will be able to see the exhibition of works of the winners in the building of the Museum of the Library of the First President of the Republic of Kazakhstan - Elbassy. During the month, the works of the winners of the contest "Tugan zherim" will also be displayed on the websites of the organizers.