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Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2011: „Reality or fiction?“

Art Moves Festival is organizing a new billboard art competition. The purpose of this competition is to propagate and popularize billboard art and to encourage artists to create art engaged in the reality. All artists interested in billboard art are invited to take part. The competition is particularly addressed to young artists, who are usually most eager to face new themes and untypical ways of art presentation.

The theme for the Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2011 is “Reality or fiction? Let’s pretend it’s not there”.

The 10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space in Torun, Poland and one contestant will receive a monetary prize of about $3.770.


Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme „Reality or fiction? Let’s pretend it’s not there”.

This slogan can serve as a kind of a metaphor of the processes taking place in the contemporary world.

The slogan concerns daily matters and questions whether the things/situations in our daily life are real or fictional and how can we distinguish one from the other. Simultaneously, the slogan also raises a question what we, as individuals or as a community, are trying to hide. Are there any specific phenomena, processes or events we tend to intentionally ignore and pretend “it’s not there”?

Can we say that such social processes as: growing level of fear and alienation or breakdown of interpersonal relationships are real or fictional? However, negative aspects of life are not the only matter we can pretend to ignore. The positive aspects of human life also can be overlooked. Media informs us mainly about negative events and treats the positive ones as mundane and less exciting. By doing so, do they present a real version of the world or rather create a fictional picture? Do the Internet help us to reach something which is real or rather drags us into the world of fiction? Do the hi-tech forms of communication help or hinder our contact with reality?

There could be a lot of different interpretations like these above and there are many different answers as well. We think that the question of what is real and what is fictional has a deeper meaning… If we stop asking ourselves what is real and what is not, what we discern and what we overlook, will we be able to say who we are and what world we really live in?


The 10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September/October 2011 in Torun, Poland.

The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 10.000 (about €2.540, USD 3.770).


  • The format of the submitted work should be 504 cm x 238 cm in a horizontal layout, 100 dpi, cmyk, tiff.
  • Both individual artists and groups of artists can participate in the competition.
  • A maximum of 3 entries can be submitted per artist or group of artists.
  • If some other slogan or phrase is used in the work, it should be expressed in either Polish or English language.

How to enter?

In order to take part in the Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2011, the artist has to send a completed entry form and attach a preview of the submitted work in the following format: 30 cm x 14,1 cm in a horizontal layout, 72 dpi, jpg. At this point of the competition, do not attach files of the complete (heavy) works.

The works should be submitted by the 20th July, 2011 via electronic mail to the address: artmoves [at] (please replace [at] with @).