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.
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.
Other prize winners included
Irina Chaitsina worked with 7 and 8 year old to create an Ode to Tea. She received the Hidden Art prize.
In addition there were prizes for the fashion section, which was presented through a fashion show accompanied by music.
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.
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.
Hajera Begum (Harpley Special School) won the Schools prize in St Petersburg in 2002 for best UK contribution.