The Hermitage Gran Prix on Ice Sculpture
7-8 December, 2008, a unique exhibition of ice art was held for the first
time in the format of a contest vernissage by the State Hermitage in association
with an independent non-profit organisation "Masterok" and an Art Centre
"Ice Studio" within the frames of the "Days of Hermitage".
The Hermitage Gran Prix on ice sculpture is bound to become the world's
most prestigious event in the field of ice sculpture at the ice art historical
birth place (St. Petersburg) demonstrating the individual workmanship
possessed by the best sculptors from Russia and abroad. The child participation
in the project accentuates the succession of passing the torch of artistic
The event is aimed at originating a new trendy activity of the winter
The concept of the project lies in setting up an interactive exhibition
(vernissage) of modern ice art in the open air running in the On-line
The project united two traditional activities:
- Children's ice sculpture competition "The Snow Queen's realm in the Winter
Palace". The pupils from the art studio based on the State Hermitage
study centre accompanied by their parents and professional sculptors
competed in creating artistic compositions made of ice on a specified
- International theatre-competition-marathon (24 hours) "The Christmas
Symphony". Professional sculptors from Europe, America and Russia, who take
part in and win prizes of international snow and ice sculpting
competitions, gave a 24-hour presentation of their workmanship.
The visitors could enjoy the results of joint family creative work and highly
professional compositions by the best Russian and foreign ice artists.
This year an open-air interactive exhibition (vernissage) of modern ice
sculpture art running in the On-line mode was held for the first time.
The competitors being professional sculptors represented their regions
(56 applications from 43 regions of Russia and abroad were submitted).
The first professional children's team was also formed to create non-competitive
Several current world champions of ice art competed for the first time
(Markov F. (Yakutia), Celebrovsky S. (Moscow)).
One of the world's biggest prizes in the field of ice art was offered:
the winner was awarded 3000 Euro.
The 24-hour competition was held in the On-line mode. Excellent workmanship
was demonstrated by the sculptors in bad weather conditions. The "young
artists" were involved in the project side by side with the highly professional
sculptors. The Hermitage Gran Prix of 2008 welcomed the following participants:
Celebrovsky Sergey (Moscow) Korovin Nikolay (Saint Petersburg) Markov
Fedor (Republic of Yakutia (Sakha)) Gnutikov Vitaliy (Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous
District) Ustyuzhanin Sergey (Khanty-Mansijsk Autonomous District) Galimzyanov
Andrey (Izhevsk) Galeev Kharis (Murmansk) Petkus Andrius (Lithuania) Soushil S.
(India) Mouanda R. (Gabon) Piotrovsky Mikhail Borisovich, the Director of the State Hermitage, chaired
the professional jury. The jury incorporated representatives from organising
committees of similar foreign competitions and non-participating professional
The short programme of the competition included:
- 7 December, 2008 - 11.00 - opening of the family competition "The Snow
Queen's realm in the Winter Palace";
- 14.00 - 15.00 - completion of work within the children's competition,
- 16.00 - beginning of work within the professional competition;
- 8 December, 2008 - 16.00 - completion of work;
- 16.00 - 16.30 - evaluation of the compositions by the jury members;
- 16.30 - 17.00 - ceremony of awarding the winners;
The participants' work was available for review in the on-line mode at the sites
www.icestudio.ru www.hermitagemuseum.org/html_Ru. Organisers
of the event: the State Hermitage, Art Centre "Ice Studio", independent
non-profit organisation "Masterok".
Competition in the Great
Courtyard of the Winter Palace
Presenting gifts to the participants
At the Great Courtyard of the Winter Palace
Anton Gubankov, Chairman
of the Committee for Culture under St. Petersburg Administration
Guests of the festival
Christmas Symphony Soushil S. (India)
Night illumination of ice sculptures