The Arctic Council’s Youth Art Contest 2015

Young people of the Arctic region showed off their artistic talents in the Arctic Council’s Youth Art Contest 2015…

During Canada’s chairmanship, the Arctic Council challenged the young people of the Arctic region to show off their artistic talents in the Arctic Council’s Youth Art Contest 2015. Contestants were invited to create an original two-dimensional artwork in any medium, with the exception of photography, under the theme “Development for the People of the North”. Eligible participants were between the ages of 18 and 25 and residents of an Arctic state.


A total of 20 different artworks from across the Arctic region were submitted to the contest.  The pieces were judged on their creativity, interpretation of the theme, and quality of composition.


The Ottawa School of Art is pleased to display the exhibition from August 4th to August 28th with a artist talk being held on August 27th, 2015 at 11:30 am in the lobby (35 George Street, Ottawa, ON).

Artist Talk by / Causerie d’artistes
Signe Åhren, Elise Embla Scheele & Tormod Andersen

August 4, 2015 – August 28, 2015
Artist Talk: Thursday August 27, 2015 at 11:30 am
Free to the public – Everyone welcome
* Light Refreshments

4 août au 28 août 2015
causerie d’artistes : jeudi 27 août 2015 à 11 h 30
Entrée gratuite – Bienvenue à tous
* Rafraîchissements


Congratulations to the prize winners:

  1. Woman and the Ulu by Amma Kvist from the Kingdom of Denmark (Greenland)
  2. There is Always Light by Zoe Martos from Canada (Nunavut)
  3. When the Past Meets the Future by Kristina Gergilevich from the United States of America (Alaska)

Honourable mentions go out to:

  1. Our Natural Resources by Anna Malan Jógvansdóttir from the Kingdom of Denmark (Faroe Islands)
  2.  Nocturnal Trip to Breathe the Air by Sunna Kuoljok from the Sami Council (Sweden)
  3. Untitled by Signe Åhrén from Norway

A special thanks to our panel of judges:

Mark Graham from the Canadian Museum of Nature
Christine Lalonde from the National Art Gallery of Canada
Vicky Heyman from the Embassy of the United States, Ottawa, Canada

The submissions captured the unique landscapes and cultures of the circumpolar north. See the full digital exhibit here.