The Green Lights is an annual exhibition hosted by the graduating fine art students of Minerva Art Academy. It serves not only as an assessment during which the students aim to get their ‘green light’ to graduate, but as an opportunity to independently create a public exhibition. Faced with the challenge of bringing together 55 unique practices, we’ve based this year’s Green Lights around the Art Spectrum, a compass navigating different positions, approaches and cultures within the fine arts. Where do we stand? What does it stand for? These are the questions we raise rather than answer as we try to materialise the complex and diverse ecosystem of the art culture.

The Art Compass is based on the well know political compass, as it provides four extreme artistic positions as the boarders of the fluid space in between. On the horizontal axis the attitude of the artist toward their practice is defined as between craft and concept. These two well known and often scrutinised labels have in this case a more suggestive nature, indicating whether the concept, idea, message is prioritised over the technique, medium, skill or vice versa. The vertical axis defines the position of the artist towards the art world. From the white cube, gallery culture and the art market making up the inside, to alternative non-art spaces and practices challenging the boarders of art from the outside, the artists occupy positions based on how much they conform to or rebel towards the established art institution.

The interaction of the axis creates four areas - inside concept, outside concept, outside craft and inside craft - each representing an artistic subculture in which specific values, opinions, movements and artworks exist.

Although seemingly opposite, the two directions of each axis are more often than not intertwined, and so the artist might assume different positions along the axis at different times, in relation to different works, or they might assume a wide area of the spectrum within which their practice exists.




Due to the current circumstances, the physical exhibition will not be open to the public. In our digital tour, you can "walk through the space" and observe the works through the lens of a 360' camera.


Throughout the week, a number of events will be streamed on the greenlights.live website and our twitch channel. See the stream and schedule down below:




The Art compass is divided in 2 ways: to describe the artist’s practice, platform and attitude. Thus, creating 4 subcategories.    


> INSIDE-OUTSIDE, How the work relates to the art scene/institutions. This can be the artist’s topic, platform or both. 

-> INSIDE - White Cube/Museum, mental spaces that relate 100% to the identities of art. The works relate to the art institutions via subject or needs and wants these traditional platforms as a space to exist.  

-> OUTSIDE - NON-DEFINED, these do not relate to the ‘art scene’ nor do they need the traditional spaces to exist. You can think about ‘happenings’, sight specific, material based etc.   


>CRAFTS - CONCEPTUAL; The motivation of why the artist did it the way they did.  

->CONCEPT – The work is about the ‘IDEA’ or a theory, the idea will usually come first and is explored in how it will be translated from an idea to something else that can be in any form or none at all.     

->CRAFT – The medium defines the work; this may not mean that the technique is the most important aspect. It is about the medium itself and the technique that guides the work and the artist’s intentions.