„JCDecaux Award: Slow Schools“ winners were announced at the press conference in Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, Lithuania on December 18th, 2017. Monika Janulevičiūtė and Antanas Lučiūnas with their performance „The Girl is on fire“ were declared winners by an unanimous International Jury vote. Young artists will not only get an award of 3.000 Euro, but will also be given an opportunity to present themselves to the public with the help of JCDecaux.

 „Preparation process was indeed intense, however after the premiere we felt that we have exceeded our own expectations“ – Monika and Antanas have commented.

According to Žaneta Fomova, JCDecaux Lithuania CEO, the award which was given for the second time this year is now becoming a tradition. „I am assured that the competition which we co-run together with the Contemporary Art Centre, is of high quality and rich in artistic content. This is confirmed by our friends, colleagues and partners, who were all invited to the preview of the exhibition. We are indeed happy becoming a certain bridge between the young artists and the audience, assiting them in meeting each other“, Ms. Fomova has commented.

Kęstutis Kuizinas, Contemporary Art Centre director was happy for both the winners and the Centre: „Since it was an International Jury consisting of 5 members, who was evaluating the works - I would like to sincerely congratulate Monika and Antanas with deserved award. I think this is not only a major event for the young artists which will hopefully assist them in expanding their creative process, but also for the Centre, which is giving the award for the second time in cooperation with JCDecaux“, Mr. Kuizinas has stressed.

„JCDecaux award“ is an award established in 2016 by Contemporary Art Centre and JCDecaux Lithuania, aiming to promote young artists and heir creations in both Lithuania and abroad as well as raising the interest in contemporary art. The essence of the award is an exhibition prepared by the Centre once a year in which only currently studying or recently graduated artists are invited to participate. This year saw 40+ submissions with 5 shortlisted entries chosen for the exhibition by the curators of the Centre Audrius Pocius and Edgaras Gerasimovičius. An award of 3.000 Euro is provided by JCDecaux and is granted by an International Jury consisting of 5 members together with an opportunity to present artists` creations to the people of Vilnius by using JCDecaux advertising structures.

„JCDecaux Award“ exhibition is being held in Contemporary Art Centre of Vilnius until January 14, 2018.