June 1 , 2021. Zurich, Switzerland. In honor of the International Day of Children and Youth, young artists from Guatemala, Ukraine, North Macedonia, the United Kingdom, and Austria will share how they envision “happiness”.
For the past two months, @creative.fellowship initiative for promising young talents has worked with SAAS Gallery in London in order to host a Promising Young Artists contest and accompanying exhibition.
For three weeks, the partners held an open contest for students aged between 11 and 21 studying in Guatemala, Ukraine, North Macedonia, UK, and Austria, accepting free submissions under the theme “Happiness”.
On June 1, 2021, the International Day of Children and Youth, thirty of the submitted artworks pieces chosen by the selection committee will be featured as a “Collection of Happiness”. This exhibition will be independently curated by Petra Zublasing, an Italian Olympian and visual artist. Due to the logistical obstacles presented by the pandemic, SAAS Gallery will host this exhibition virtually at https://www.saas-london.com.
From June 1, art lovers will be given an opportunity to vote for their favorite 14 exhibits which will be featured in a special 2022 calendar. The calendar will be printed and distributed amongst the project participants. Voting will take place on the @creative.fellowship Instagram account.
The virtual exhibition Collection of Happiness is held within a framework of the @cretaive.fellowship partnership with the Salzburg Festival’s “Jung&Jed*r” program for children and youth in collaboration with the SAAS Gallery, London.
Notes to the editor:
@creative.fellowship is a digital platform created by the voluntarily community of philanthropists and creative professionals in opera, ballet, theater, classical music, visual and applied arts who spare their time and share stories to support young fellow artists and promote arts to the new generations, making classics more accessible and understandable. @creative.fellowship initiative is run in cooperation with the Salzburg Festival’s Jung&jed*r youth program and the Solway music fellowship for the young creative talents in North Macedonia, Ukraine and Guatemala.
The program enhances the development of skills and competencies that boosts their creativity, as well as stimulates quality, innovation, and the recognition of the youth work that supports the creative potential of the latter, thus contributing to the development of quality of life in the countries of the underprivileged economies.
Petra Zublasing is an Italian visual artist and Olympian competing in sport shooting. In March 2021 she joined @creative.fellowship’s virtual “Collection of Happiness” art exhibition project as an independent curator.
Petra has been an Olympic athlete for nearly two decades, travelling the world and representing Italy in several Games. In 2018, she completely changed the direction of her interests and began developing her creative side. That same year, Ms. Zublasing enrolled in studies of visual communications at the Istituto Europeo di Design (IED) in Turin, Italy. Today, Ms. Zublasing is a well-developed artist with deep knowledge of both the language and specific techniques used in the various areas of application. She has a wide range of talents, from children’s to scientific illustrations, cartoons, animation, and design for traditional publishing and advertising.
In the footsteps of her father, prominent painter Max Birshtein, Sofya Abbott established the SAAS Gallery in Chelsea, London. SAAS stands for Sofya Abbott Art Space: the gallery is named after its owner. Since its opening in March 2018, through the SAAS Gallery, Sofya Abbott introduces both emerging and established artists to the UK art scene. The SAAS Gallery is also known as a social club hosting educational events and celebrations to audiences of all ages