Collaboration with St Petersburg – Room of My Dream Schools Project

Updated 29 May 2017

Dieneke Ferguson, CEO of Hidden Art was one of the judges in April 2017 in the Room of My Dream Contest in St Petersburg. It was the 20th contest in which thousands of children from different countries and regions of Russia shared their ideas of what the world around us should look like.

The Contest was headed by Marina Lebedeva and organized by the Committee of Education of the City of Saint Petersburg and supported by ITMO University, the Association of Furniture and Wood Processing Industry of Russia and a Non-commercial Design Development Partnership. Also on the panel will be Guy Beggs, an established British artist and founder and former director of Metropolitan Works Creative Industries Centre at London Metropolitan University.

Room of My Dreams, 2017. St Petersburg judges. Guy Beggs and Dieneke Ferguson with Marina Lebedeva.

Room of My Dreams, 2017. St Petersburg judges. Guy Beggs and Dieneke Ferguson with Marina Lebedeva.

The topic of the 20th anniversary contest 2017 is World without Borders – Dreams without Borders.

Works have been submitted to different categories of the Contest, such as drawings, including computer graphics and 3D-modelling, interior accessories of glass, ceramics, textile and furniture, interior installations designed by creative teams as well as a special category “It’s time for tea!”. The youngest participant of the Room of My Dream is 1.5 years old and the oldest one is 17.

The overall winner was Kaleria Volkova from Tambov  who is 8 Years old. She also got the Airbnb prize consisting of 2 weeks in an Airbnb to her place of choice with her parents.

Room of My Dreams, StPetersburg 2017. Overall Winner Kaleria Volkova from Tambov 8Yrs

Room of My Dreams, StPetersburg 2017. Overall Winner Kaleria Volkova from Tambov 8 Years

 

St Petersburg 2017. Overall Prize Winner Kaleria Volkova, 8 years receives her prize from Guy Beggs and Marina Lebedeva

St Petersburg 2017. Overall Prize Winner Kaleria Volkova, 8 years receives her prize from Guy Beggs and Marina Lebedeva

Other prize winners included

St Petersburg 2017. Room of my Dreams. Hidden Art Price Irina Chaitsina.

St Petersburg 2017. Room of my Dreams. Hidden Art Price Irina Chaitsina.

Irina Chaitsina worked with 7 and 8 year old to create an Ode to Tea. She received the Hidden Art prize.

St Petersburg 2017. Room of my Dreams. Hidden Art Price Irina Chaitsina.

St Petersburg 2017. Room of my Dreams. Hidden Art Price Irina Chaitsina.

 

St Petersburg 2017. Room of my Dreams. Interior Design Prize. 6-7 years old.

St Petersburg 2017. Room of my Dreams. Interior Design Prize. 6-7 years old.

 

In addition there were prizes for the fashion section, which was presented through a fashion show accompanied by music.

St Petersburg 2017. Fashion show presentation

St Petersburg 2017. Fashion show presentation

 

St Petersburg 2017. Fashion show presentation

St Petersburg 2017. Fashion show presentation

Previous years of the Room of My Dream brought together more than 37000 children.

To stay in style we stayed in a lovely Airbnb with a sauna and very close to the Hermitage.

Guy Beggs, Barbara, Manuel and Dieneke at the Airbnb in St Petersburg

Guy Beggs, Barbara, Manuel and Dieneke at the Airbnb in St Petersburg

 

Presentation of Rooms of My Dreams during Hidden Art open Studios 2002

Hidden Art’s collaboration with Room of My Dreams goes all back to 2001 when we developed an Exchange programme with the St Petersburg Cultural Festival which was part funded by UBS Warburg Charitable Foundation. In 2002 a selection of schools posters of the Hidden Art Schools programme was exhibited at the Festival.

In Nov 2002 20 Russian designer makers and representatives of support organizations took part in the Hidden Art Fair and visited the Hidden Art Open Studios. This included an exhibition of schools posters from St Petersburg,

Olga Kulish was the winner of the Best Russian Poster in London.

Olga Kulish, Best Russian poster, London 2002. Hidden Art Schools Project

Olga Kulish, Best Russian poster, London 2002. Hidden Art Schools Project

 

 

Marina Lebedeva (Director Fidexpo) and Dieneke Ferguson with UK winning Posters at background. 2002

Marina Lebedeva (Director Fidexpo) and Dieneke Ferguson with UK winning Posters at background. 2002

Hajera Begum (Harpley Special School) won the Schools prize in St Petersburg in 2002 for best UK contribution.

Hajera Begum (Harpley Special School) wins the Schools prize in St Petersburg in 2002 for best UK contribution.

Hajera Begum (Harpley Special School) wins the Schools prize in St Petersburg in 2002 for best UK contribution.

 

 

 

Hidden Art Schools Project 2002

Hidden Art Schools Project 2002

 

Pupils of St Elizabeth Primary School proudly displaying their posters to go on the DLR, 2002

Pupils of St Elizabeth Primary School proudly displaying their posters to go on the DLR, 2002

See also Hidden Art Schools Project and Hidden Art Select Kids

 

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