Art Moves Festival – Billboard Art Competition

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Submitted by Joanna Gà³rska and Rafa∏ Gà³ralski of the Rusz Gallery / Rusz Foundation

This invitation to take part in a billboard art competition is addressed to all the interested artists and students of art schools. The participants are requested to prepare artworks which can be displayed on a billboard in the form of a printed poster. The artwork is supposed to be a creative response to this year’s competition theme: “Is Everything Interlinked?”. The entries can be sent by electronic mail until 10 August, 2009 to the following address: Find more information about the competition at:


The best 10 artworks selected by an international jury panel will be exhibited in the urban space of the city of Torun, Poland as part of the Art Moves Festival in October 2009. The author of the winning entry will receive the main award in the amount of PLN 7,000 (approximately EUR 1,600).

The competition accompanies the Second Festival of Art on Billboards Art Moves. The main idea behind the festival and the competition is to promote modern art as the form of dialogue with the public and to encourage young artists to create art engaged in the reality. The originators of the Festival believe that art can be very important to contemporary man, breaking people free from everyday routine and offering new clues to the reality. The actions undertaken during the Festival are intended to popularize art outside traditional art galleries and to humanize the urban space. They should also facilitate the identification of people with the space they live in, triggering a more reflective approach towards the outer space and, at the same time, be an alternative to the flashy, ever-present advertisements.

The following events are planned as part of the Festival:
– an international competition for young artists
– an international exhibition of large-size engaged art in the city space
– meeting of artists, art critics and sociologists in the Center of Contemporary Art in Torun

The originator and organizer of the Festival is Rusz Gallery / Rusz Foundation which focuses on the creation and presentation of art in urban space. The billboard art gallery founded in 1999 has been continuously exhibiting its own artworks and the artworks of invited guests. It is the oldest gallery of this kind in the world, presenting art on the same billboard for over 10 years.

Rusz Gallery was awarded many times and the artists received numerous scholarships and awards, participating in 30 exhibitions in Poland and abroad.