Wednesday, 20 April 2011


Here's a sneaky peep at Modelarnia the space artists will exhibit work at end of the residency period.  

As an artistic structure Modelarnia functions as a collaborative of artists and is a non-profit organization, based within Wyspa Progress Foundation. Modelarnia joins the functions of studio space with exhibition space. In its past programme events have had a multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary character. This space hosts meetings and events with artists, art theoreticians lectures, curators and acts as a residency space for artists. Moderlarnia has staged concerts and performing-art shows as well as a Festival of Young European Cinematography.  

Modelarnia is not at white cube, but rather a more industrial, open plan area spanning 400 m2, Modelarnia roughly translates as 'the place where model ships are constricted'  giving you an insight into its history.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011


Marcel Theroux and Shehani Fernando, from The Guardian, carried out a brief report about the art scene in Gdansk, Wyspa and the resistance and anti-regime movements in the late ’80s. The feature falls into the New Europe, conducted by The Guardian mini-series of stories about the new European Union countries. Watch it here

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Monday, 11 April 2011


Wyspa is raising funds to buy the building they are renting in order to continue and further develop their activities. They will not be able to raise the required quota by yhemselves in such a short time but the task is achievable given our commitment together. Everyone can influence the further existence of Wyspa in the former Shipyard area.

Since 2004 Wyspa have been in the grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard, and since 2007 they have been renting the building from the current owner, the BPTO. The moment is propitious for them to buy the building at a preferential price. However they can only do this within a very short time. Wyspa enjoys a good reputation thanks to the artistic activities, which create a dialogue between the fields of art and political reflection.

In 2010, Wyspa initiated the two-year-long International Art Festival – Alternativa, which is opening new perspectives on the cultural map of Gdańsk, and we are also supporting Gdańsk’s candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2016.

In the course of our seven-year-long activity on the grounds of the former Shipyard area, they have put a great deal of energy into improving the condition of the building. That’s why they are so connected with this area. That’s why they would like to stay there.

The environment of the former Shipyard area, so full of historical and social emotions, has inspired artists for years. Wyspa, apart from its exhibitions, discussions and workshops, is conducting an international residency programme, a multi-media archive and a bookshop. Their research activities into issues of contemporary artistic culture are also geared towards cooperation with local inhabitants, who, like Wyspa, constitute part of the community in the district of Młode Miasto [the Young City]. The new district should have its own places of culture. Wyspa has been recognised and praised, not only in Poland but also in the international arena, which has helped to build the positive image of Gdańsk as a vibrant centre of contemporary art.That’s why they need your help!

The Wyspa Institute of Art public collection is being conducted with the agreement of the Ministry for Internal Affairs and Administration and with the understanding of the owner of the building, the BPTO.

Special bank account number for the public collection:
PL 26 1020 1811 0000 0402 0156 1414
Bank PKO BP SA III O/Gdańsk

Bank transfer details:
Fundacja Wyspa Progress
ul. Doki 1 budynek 145B
80-958 Gdańsk

Donate by Pay Pal 

They will keep you up to date on the subject of how the collection is going on their website. People and organisations that wish to be named among the acknowledgements on Wyspa's website are asked to confirm this fact by sending an email to stating your full name or the name of the company together with attached proof of payment.

Only Solidarity and Patience will Secure our Victory

We are approaching the second part of our project - a residency in Gdansk! This is so exiting!

In the meantime a part of Gdansk visited Digbeth!

A billboard 'Only Solidarity and Patience will Secure our Victory' depicting strikes from the Gdansk Shipyard hang on the wall above the entrance of Eastside Projects. The billboard is a work by an artistic collective 'Slavs and Tatars', and it forms part of a multiplatform project '79.89.09', that re-imagines an Iranian Polish solidarity, constructed in equal parts through archival research and original work. The project looks at three key dates:1979 (the Iranian Revolution), 1989 (the collapse of communism) and 2009 (the financial crisis). Along with the billboard artists prepared a publication as well as an installation of river bads and an Iranian and Polish book archive. 

Exhibition is open until the 16th of April 2011.