Bear Festival

Bear Sculpting Championship rules 2020

Freestyle
Bear Sculpting Championships in Ilomantsi, Finland, 13 and 14 August 2020

The theme of the Bear Sculpting Championships is Freestyle. The sculptors are challenged to use their imagination to combine inventiveness with technical skills!


BEAR SCULPTING CHAMPIONSHIP RULES 2020

The Bear Sculpting Championship 13–14 August 2020
The theme of the 2020 Bear Sculpting Championship is Freestyle. The sculptors are challenged to use their imagination to combine inventiveness with technical skills. The chainsaw and the bear are still the core of the competition, but this time there are no limits to the surface treatment of the sculptures.

Registration

Register for the competition by 30 April 2020 using the form on our website www.karhufestivaali.fi or send your registration to raija.kallioinen@msl.fi.

Selection of competitors

A maximum of 40 applicants and invitees will be invited to enter the competition.

By 9 June 2020, those chosen to participate will receive a letter containing more details about matters such as the competition site, accommodation and catering. Participants will be responsible for their own travel and accommodation expenses.

Competitors must be aged 16 or over. Applications from applicants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by parental consent.

Sculpting

The sculpture must be made using the block of timber provided by the organiser. The block will be about 250 cm long, and the diameter at the top at least 50 cm. Pieces can be removed from the block and freely combined. In 2020, there will be no limits to the surface treatment of the sculptures. For example, sculptors will be allowed to paint their sculptures, to tool and decorate the surfaces with their own materials as well as to glue, screw or nail parts to the sculptures.

The materials and the working methods must not cause any harm or risk to the audience or the environment. Sculptors must remove or dispose of any surplus materials in a proper manner. The organiser will clear any sawdust and timber from the site. The surface can be finished carefully using a gas torch, though the use of open fire is prohibited.

The competitors are allowed to change their block of timber once before the start of the competition.

The competitors are allowed to apply a wood protection treatment to their sculpture once the competition results have been announced.

Tools, equipment and safety

A chainsaw must be used for sculpting, and other tools that are intended or suitable for carving wood can also be used.

The competitors will bring their own tools, surface treatment materials and equipment, fuel and chain oil (eco-friendly) as well as extension cords, if necessary.

As a minimum requirement, the competitors must wear cut-resistant trousers and safety footwear, as well as hearing and eye protection. The competitors must bring their own safety equipment to the competition site.

Each competitor must ensure that they are fully insured.

In 2020, the competitors will exceptionally have the right to be accompanied by one technical assistant. Each competitor will be responsible for ensuring that their assistant is wearing the personal protection equipment mentioned above. Each competitor must ensure that their assistant is fully insured. Each competitor must provide details of their assistant at the time of their own registration. Only the sculptor, not the assistant, will be named as their sculpture’s creator.

The sculptors and their assistants must commit to working in such a manner that takes into account their own safety as well as that of the other competitors and the audience.

Each sculptor and assistant must sign a waiver before the competition.

Work schedule

Registration will take place between 9 am and 11 am on Thursday, 13 August. The competition will start at noon and continue until 6 pm. On Friday, the competition runs from 9 am until 5 pm.

Judging and prizes

The theme of the 2020 Bear Sculpting Championship is Freestyle. The sculptors are challenged to use their imagination to combine inventiveness with technical skills. The chainsaw and the bear are still the core of the competition, but this time there are no limits to the surface treatment of the sculptures.

The assessment criteria will be published on the Bear Festival homepage in June 2020.

Prizes:
1st prize: EUR 1,000, 2nd prize: EUR 500, 3rd prize: EUR 300.
The panel of judges may award prizes on special grounds for a total of EUR 400.
The prize for the audience’s favourite is EUR 400.

Judges

The panel of judges will consist of experts and representatives of arts, wood handling, the environment and local culture.

The panel will select the three best sculptures on the basis of the assessment criteria.

The award ceremony will be held at 3 pm on Saturday, 15 August 2020.

Ownership of the competition sculptures

The competition sculptures will be owned by the Vaara-Karjala Cultural Association of the Association for Rural Culture and Education. A deed of transfer will be drawn up for the sculptures. Some bears will be reserved as so-called ‘sponsor bears’ for companies supporting the activities. The owner also reserves the right to auction the sculptures. The future owners will be responsible for the display, maintenance and storage of the sculptures.

The Association for Rural Culture and Education reserves the right to select two sculptures for its ITE art collection.

Photographs and videos

The organisers have the right to use photographs and other recordings taken during the competition in their competition-related communications.

Organisers

The competition is organised by the Association for Rural Culture and Education and its regional organisation, the Vaara-Karjala Cultural Association, in cooperation with the municipality of Ilomantsi. The competition is part of the 2020 Bear Festival and the ITE art jubilee year programme.