The winners of the second High School Design Competition, organised by ARUCAD, received their awards at a special ceremony held at ARUCAD Workshops Building on Tuesday, August 17.
The award ceremony of the High School Design Contest, the second of which was organised by ARUCAD this year, with the theme of “The World After COVID-19”, was held, in accordance with pandemic rules, on Tuesday, August 17, at the University’s Workshops Building, with the participation of the winners and their families.
First, second and third prizes were awarded respectively to Burak Zafer Kibar from Girne Anafartalar High School, Süleyman Şehit from Nicosia Turkish High School and Ekatarina Vardar from the English School of Kyrenia while Güllü Güloğlan from Değirmenlik High School received the Erbil Arkın Special Award. The three winners were presented with full scholarship and monetary awards from ARUCAD. In addition, contributions were made to the painting workshops of the winning contestants’ high schools in order to meet their needs.
In the competition in which the Founder of ARUCAD, Erbil Arkın, Dean of the Faculty of Arts Prof. Dr. Nur Onat, Professor of Plastic Arts Department. Dr. M. Turan Aksoy, Head of the Visual Communication Design Department Assoc. Dr. Nuran Öze, Head of the Architecture Department, Assoc. Dr. Cem Yardımcı and Head of Plastic Arts Department. Assoc. Dr. Eser Keçeci were all members of the jury, firstly the first three winners were determined in the competition, following which a selection was made from the designs of the other participants and submitted to the vote for the social media awards. As a result of the voting, Sibel Çapar from Değirmenlik High School came first in social media, Derviş Eren Şimşek from Nicosia Anatolian Fine Arts High School came in second in social media, and Naz Irmak Göksan came in third in social media.
At the awards night, where the designs sent by the competitors were exhibited, Erbil Arkın, the Founder of ARUCAD, expressed his happiness to be together with young talents and their families, and gave the following message to the youth, stating, “I hope that these awards will continue for another 20-25 years, and that even this year’s winners will encourage their children to participate. Because our love for art continues not only at these ages, but throughout our whole lives. And again, let it be known that civilisation starts with art and is remembered with the art they left behind.”
Speaking at the ceremony, ARUCAD Rector Prof. Dr. Asım Vehbi said, “Both as the island and the world, we are living through difficult times. For this reason, we chose the theme of the competition as ‘The World After COVID-19’. Our jury members and Mr. Erbil Arkın carefully considered the applications. We are only able to host the winners here tonight, but we welcome other students who have the courage to participate in the competition in the coming days, and we hope to see them all among us at ARUCAD in the future. We would like to thank our distinguished teachers for encouraging their students and also the families for encouraging their children to participate in art. As ARUCAD, we are aiming to traditionalise this competition and we will continue it with your increasing participation every year.”
After the certificate presentation ceremony, the award night continued with a cocktail attended by the talented young artists, parents and ARUCAD artist academicians.