Pilipinas Shell Petroleum Corporation launched its 55th National Student Art Competition (NSAC) in its ongoing effort to promote the use of art as inspiration for nation building.
In keeping with the Sulong Sining theme, this year’s Shell NSAC challenges Filipino youth to take the lead and lead the country towards a brighter future through their art.
Combining ‘Sulong’ meaning rushing forward and ‘Singen’ meaning art, students are encouraged to share their creative talents and showcase the bright future they envision through their art.
Serge Bernal, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Pilipinas Shell, in its 55th year, described NSAC as the start of an exciting new chapter.
“Shell NSAC has always sought to help student artists gain a foothold in the local art world, providing guidance and opportunities to continually advance their talents, providing a springboard and respected platform for the unique, creative voices of the nation’s student artists .”
Meanwhile, Ayala Museum Director Marlies Gustilo stressed the relevance of the topic: “Sulong Sining is very encouraging and fervently hopes to motivate our young artists to learn, grow and share this talent through this chosen medium. The theme aptly demonstrates our resilience as culture bearers and guardians surviving the many challenges we all face during the pandemic.”
The panel discussion at the launch event featured industry veterans and artists from previous Shell NSACs, who detailed their experiences and inspiration for emerging artists. As judges of this year’s competition, their participation heralds the creation of the Shell NSAC Alumni Association and calls on participants from previous competitions over the past 55 years to form a community that will support past, present and future generations of Shell NSAC.
Nestor Vinluan, a recipient of the 1974 CCP Thirteen Artists Award, described the importance of entering an art competition: “You challenge yourself, it’s not about winning, it’s more about participating. I always tell my former students to be a kid again when doing their art. Be open-minded, see things freely and imaginatively, but still be serious and honest in your work.”
Meanwhile, Gino Bueza, winner of the Grand Prize in the Oil/Acylic category at the 40th NSAC, reiterated this part of the artist’s journey: “The learning never ends to discover artworks and the truth, not only on the outside but also within myself.”
Students from all parts of the Philippines are invited to share their creative talents in the fields of fine arts – watercolor, oil/acrylic, sculpting and digital fine arts. Participants are also encouraged to participate in numerous engagement activities throughout the year.
Last year’s Shell NSAC attracted more than 1,700 students, the second highest number of entries in the competition’s history.
Applicants can submit their entries until September 5, 2022. More details on the mechanics will be released soon.