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The European Union Calls Upon Visual Artists to Join Energy Efficiency Campaign


GOPA Intec, in collaboration with CENN, under the EU-funded project “Technical Assistance Project In Support Of the Georgian Energy Sector Reform Programme (GESRP),” initiates an energy efficiency campaign and extends an invitation to visual artists to join. The campaign is supported by the Ministry of Economy and Sustainable Development of Georgia.

The campaign’s objective is to enhance public awareness through visual art regarding the crucial role of energy efficiency and renewable energies in mitigating and preventing the adverse impacts of climate change. Since the energy sector accounts for the most significant proportion of greenhouse gas emissions, prioritising energy efficiency and advancing renewable energy sources becomes imperative for climate change adaptation and mitigation efforts. By integrating suitable energy-efficient technologies and methods, we can significantly reduce reliance on fossil fuels, curb inefficient energy consumption, and mitigate greenhouse gas emissions.

To enable artists to join the campaign, they must successfully navigate the initial competition phase. To take part in this competition, participants must develop concepts for their proposed artworks centred on the following themes:

  • Importance of saving energy;
  • Importance of energy-efficient technologies;
  • Energy efficiency in buildings;
  • Renewable and clean energy;
  • Energy efficient transport.

Artists aged 18 and above are eligible to participate in the initial competition. Those interested in joining can submit their works in the following categories:

  1. Painting
  2. Sculpture
  3. Video/video installation
  4. Infographics/illustration

In order to participate in the campaign, artists must submit concept notes within the designated category embodying their envisioned work. Alongside their ideas, artists must provide a photograph or portfolio showcasing at least three works executed in a similar technique.

Participants must complete the registration form and upload the concept document by April 14, 2024.

Registration Link: https://forms.gle/qbp7ZBpmY58V3hPZ9

Selection Process: An independent panel of judges will evaluate concepts based on creativity, relevance to the topic, and potential impact of the submitted work. A total of three artists from each category will be chosen for the final stage. Each selected artist will receive a grant of 2,000 GEL (taxes included) to develop their final pieces. The chosen candidates will be allotted one month to complete their work. Payment will be disbursed upon project completion, contingent upon formal acceptance and delivery.

Workflow: Artists participating in all categories will have a thematic mentor who will provide expert assistance in the creation process. Experts will be involved in two directions: 1) thematic expertise in energy efficiency and 2) curatorial expertise.

Exhibition: The selected artworks will be showcased at an event dedicated to the campaign, further amplifying awareness of the central themes addressed in the works. The exhibition is scheduled for June 2024, coinciding with the EU Sustainable Energy Week.

 About the European Union:

For more than 30 years, the European Union has built a close partnership with Georgia, supporting its development through knowledge and experience sharing, expertise, innovation and financial support. The relationship between the EU and Georgia is based on shared values of peace, freedom, democracy, human rights and inclusive economic growth. More about the EU’s support in Georgia https://eu4georgia.eu/the-european-union-in-georgia/

About the project:

Started in 2021, the Georgian Energy Sector Reform Project (GESRP) is supporting the Government of Georgia in strengthening its capacities within the Energy Sector, particularly in the areas of Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency in Buildings, Renewable Energy, and the Power Market, in line with Georgia’s obligations as a Contracting Party to the Energy Community.  

For additional information, please contact:

Ana Petriashvili, Communications Expert, CENN

Tel: 599 522 127, E-mail: ana.petriashvili@cenn.org