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Attempt 4 – International Contest for Experiment in Visual Arts

Jan Tarasin Art Gallery invites you to participate in the fourth edition of the Attempt 4 competition for artists and graduates of artistic universities.

Thanks to the open formula, the organizers invite you to send works related to the need to experiment, and thus take risks or interventions.

The best three works will be awarded with awards. The Grand Prix – Prize of Mayor of Kalisz is 10,000 PLN. The Jan Tarasin Art Gallery Award consists of 3,000 PLN and an individual exhibition. The BWA Tarnów Art Gallery Award of 3,000 PLN and a study stay, will also be awarded.

The aim of the contest is best formulated by the following words of Jan Tarasin: “Art constantly repeats attempts” and “good artwork always stimulates.

The art world is a dangerous expedition of imagination towards the immeasurable, unstable and pulsating world of which we are part. Taming the imagination with the unbalanced, changing rhythm of dramatic conflicts and monotonous repetitions is done through openness to the relativism of perceiving space, time, boundaries, scale and significance of micro-history. This also allows for attempts to convert the language of the conventional symbols into a suggestive expression of the autonomous forms and signs, to replace the static descriptions (…) with the experience of a dynamic spectacle. Relativism and risk – provoking the imagination – demand new, precise decisions, solutions and arrangements, require constant confrontation, constant intellectual effort, do not allow for a state of complacency or failure to pay attention…

The above excerpts from Jan Tarasin’s essays continue to be timely. In the field of visual arts, new media, science and philosophy cause the system of challenges to become dynamic but not abandon the most important questions as well as creative, experimental creation.

The competition is addressed to artists and graduates of art schools.

The subject of the competition are works done in any technique and using a variety of means of artistic expression in the field of visual arts.

The artist is allowed to enter a maximum of 1 work or 1 project, which was created between 2018 and 2020.

Announcement of the results will take place during the vernissage of the exhibition and on the website of the Jan Tarasin Art Gallery in Kalisz, on 18th December 2020.

Attempt 4 – International Contest for Experiment in Visual Arts – Entry Fee

Participation in the contest costs 25 Euro.