How much John Bauer is in you?

Dear artists, we are happy to finally launch the Eternal – John Bauer experience. Have a look at the categories, awards and rules. We’re happy to welcome you to this unique art experience!

Show Us Your Creativity

What's Eternal?

Eternal is a unique art experience launched for the first time in Jönköping, with a John Bauer theme. John Bauer was an outstanding artist whose art remains unique to this day, with an excellent style and a masterly ability to create an atmosphere through his craft. We want you to show how much “John Bauer” you can be. Research his style, delve into his mind and create your own John Bauer-inspired art. With a great exhibition over several weeks in Jönköping’s city center, starting with the 400th anniversary of the city, your art is bound to be shown to thousands of interested people.

Competition categories


John Bauer - Digital

Have a close look at John Bauer’s creative spirit and his passion for details. Delve into the mind of John Bauer and spin his ideas further. Create your John Baur-inspired art in a digital medium of your choice.


John Bauer - Traditional

Follow John Bauer’s path and create the art in a traditional, non-digital medium. How deep can you follow into his creative mind? Your artwork is an important part to the eternal experience.

Resources and inspiration

John Bauer’s art is filled with wonder, mysteries and fabled creates. Small trolls, gnomes, animals and princessess… All this and more move about in the Swedish nature displayed in John Bauer’s art. A world of fables in the Swedish nature is the key to awaken John Bauer’s spirit. How do you interpret his work?

Below, we’re listing several places where you can read more about John Bauer.

 John Bauer Art   |   Historiesajten   |   Art Passions   |   Wikipedia   |   Wikiart

Submission Guidelines

To submit your work, please register on the registration page. After registering, we’ll send you an email with further information about how and where you submit your artwork. Participants are allowed to submit more than one entry into the competition.


Digital: 78 cm high, 112 cm wide

Traditional: artist’s choice 

Material and style

 Technical devices: artist’s choice
Art-Style: artist’s choice

Important dates

Deadline: August 18, 2020

Displayed: August 29 in Jönköping

Note: There will be a pre-selection process, as we can only exhibit so many artwork. This is due to limit the costs for our non-profit project. If art at first appears to be non-serious hand ins, we’ll get in touch with you to discuss the approach and then see what the best solution could be.


The contest is open to citizens from the entire world. The participant has to be above the age of 18 to enter.


We are currently collecting contributions from sponsors. The prize will be announced later. But one thing is for sure – you create your own eternal art within this contest!

Awards and Judging


Jury award by our professional jury in each category for the 3rd, 2nd and 1st place


Public award by the visitors in each category for the 3rd, 2nd, 1st place

Exhibition and Award Ceremony

Your art will be exhibited in Jönköping, the heartland of John Bauer. Displayed for 3 weeks, your art will be seen by a lot of interested visitors. The exhibition is between August 29 and September 19. The art will be displayed in multiple locations and, to keep things fair for the public award, will be rotated among each location. Precautions will be taken to ensure that any non-digital original artworks will be kept safe from the elements.


To keep Eternal as sustainable as possible, we would like to auction or sell your artworks and first prints, as well as reproduce the digital artworks and sell them via an online shop. When submitting, you will have the choice to donate a license to sell your art. Any profits will go back into future contests and other non-profit projects in Sweden and beyond. Donating the license is not mandatory to enter the competition.

Questions & Answers

  • How many artworks can I hand in?

    You can hand in as many artworks as you like to create to enhance your chances to win and to present your creativity.

  • Can I use characters of John Bauer's art?

    Technically, yes. The copyright time frame has passed, and we also have the blessing of John Bauer Art to run the competition.

  • I live far away. How do I get my traditional art to Jönköping?

    Please contact us with the size and what you intend to create, and we'll figure out an individual solution.

  • How will my digital art be printed?

    We will print your artwork at no charge, from our printing company.

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