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Art Moves 2019 – International Billboard Art Competition

The Art Moves festival is hosting its International Billboard Art Competition for 2019 and invites all the interested people, artists and students to participate.

Submitted artworks are supposed to be creative responses to this year’s competition theme: An impending disaster or a chance to save yourself and the world?

The best 10 artworks selected by an international jury panel will be printed and exhibited in the urban space of the city of Torun, Poland in September or October 2019. The author of the winning entry will receive the Main Award in the amount of 5,000 Polish złoty (about 1,162 Euro, $1,297).

This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today.

Will the world end soon? Will most species of plants and animals on our planet become extinct soon? Will there be an ecological disaster? Will most people live in extreme poverty, and will the world be constantly at wars? We are drowning in this kind of information that causes fear and paralyses. How to not slip into a depression and defeatism, how to treat the alarming data as a challenge and seek creative solutions? How to hear a wake-up call? How to find hope and energy for action? How to reject old destructive thinking and acting patterns and find new better solutions? How to not slip into pessimism and apathy and believe that a lot depends on us – our lives, other people’s lives, and lives of creatures that surround us? How to go beyond our personal perspective, beyond our own SELF, and notice that each one of us is a part of some larger wholeness – humanity and nature, and has an influence on this wholeness? How to think long term, not only about short-term benefits that turn out harmful in the long run? What good can we do for ourselves, the world, and those who will come after us?

Both individual and group entries can be submitted.

The competition is a part of 12th Festival of Art on Billboards Art Moves. Its purpose is to propagate and popularize billboard art and to encourage artists to create art engaged in the reality.

Last year, the Billboard Art Competition Art Moves was entered by 562 artists from 76 countries. The organizers received received 1,024 artworks from Ukraine, USA, China, Taiwan, Philippines, Russia, Cuba, Great Britain, Iran and many other countries.