Wednesday, 20 April 2011
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
We are pleased to announce the artists who have been accepted for the 'Post-Industrial Revolution' residency in Gdańsk in May 2011 :
Aliceson Carter http://www.aliceson.co.uk/
Matthew de Kersaint Giraudeau http://www.dekersaint.co.uk/
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
SWIFT CODE: BPKOPLPW
Bank transfer details:
Fundacja Wyspa Progress
ul. Doki 1 budynek 145B
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org stating your full name or the name of the company together with attached proof of payment.
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.