Dolne Miasto of Changes. Art and the City Non-Festival
“If the container is a sign of change, then artistic activity in neglected or forgotten parts of the city will most frequently come before the approaching gentrification. LAZNIA, however, has never tried to avoid such dilemmas, consistently working with local communities within the space of the district. Art and animation have always been in its approach midwives who want to help the inhabitants of Dolne Miasto get through spatial and social transformations”.
The long-term and multilayered project “Neighbourhood Remarks” was initiated by Grete Aagaard in co-operation with CCA LAZNIA in 2013. During the consecutive editions of the residency a number of initiatives was conducted, to name a few: three issues of Nowy Port Żyje newspaper published in cooperation with a group of Nowy Port residents, workshops on urban furniture, screen printing, creative writing and haiku.
Gdańsk-based project group Tabanda has won a nationwide competition for a public object organized by the City of Gdańsk and ŁAŹNIA Centre for Contemporary Art.
The competition to rearrange the plot on the corner of Świętego Ducha and Przędzalnicza Streets was announced in August. Two teams, Tabanda (Gdańsk) and BudCud (Krakow) and two individual designers, Paweł Grobelny (Poznań) and Michał Gdak (Kielce) were invited to participate.
The revitalized Św. Ducha Street features an unused plot on the corner with Przędzalnicza St. It used to serve as the terrace of a tenement house, and is limited by remains of the old structure: fragments of historical stone pillars. For the time being, the plot has been covered with paving blocks, but it is a perfect spot for a work of art,
an artistic installation (temporary or permanent) or designer street furniture that would be attractive for locals and tourists alike. To this end, the Mayor’s Bureau for Culture has approached Łaźnia CCA to hold a competition for a work of art dedicated to this location.
Serdecznie zapraszamy w dniach 6-8 lipca 2018 do udziału w warsztatach malarskich. Wspólnie będziemy malować i składać barwne domki dla ptaków będące częścią projektu “Zapach koloru” Carmen Einfinger. Razem stworzymy dzieło sztuki, które już wkrótce zamieni skwer przy ul. Dolnej w rajski ogród!
Korzystając z pięknych okoliczności dolnomiejskiej przyrody, opuścimy mury Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej Łaźnia. Warsztaty odbędą się na terenie Ogrodu Społecznego przy Centrum Aktywizacji i Integracji Społecznej CENTRUM REDUTA (ul. Reduta Wyskok 9). Skorzystamy też z gościnności ISE – Inkubator Sąsiedzkiej Energii – odwiedzimy ich sale warsztatowe i będziemy ładować baterie pozytywną energią na leżakach w ich ogródku
Po krótkiej, sezonowej przerwie, przywracamy do życia cykl Miasto na Żywo i wychodzimy z muzyką w przestrzeń Dolnego Miasta. Tradycyjnie pojawimy się na zielonych fortyfikacjach, nad brzegiem Opływu Motławy, przy kolorowym mostku na Olszynkę. Koncerty zagoszczą też na podwórku CSW Łaźnia przy ul. Jaskółczej 1.
Cykl Miasto na Żywo realizowany jest od 2013 roku. Ideą koncertów było usytuowanie ich w nietypowych lokalizacjach, na podwórkach, na łące, poza murami galerii i salek koncertowych. Do projektu zapraszani są artyści, których występy wzbudzą zainteresowanie zarówno lokalnych mieszkańców, jak i gości z innych części miasta lub turystów.
Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej „Łaźnia” w Gdańsku, we współpracy z Instytutem Badań Przestrzeni Publicznej w Warszawie, ogłasza nabór badaczy i badaczek mających przeprowadzić badania odbioru sztuki w przestrzeni publicznej w 4 europejskich miastach (Paryż, Berlin, Gdańsk, Saloniki).
Przedmiotem badania są:
• nowe strategie, używane zarówno przez instytucje, jak i przez aktorów indywidualnych, w celu przyciągnięcia nowej publiczności i umożliwienia jej partycypacji w procesach twórczych;
• społeczny odbiór tych strategii oraz dzieł sztuki powstałych z ich udziałem.
Zapraszamy mieszkańców Dolnego Miasta oraz wszystkich zainteresowanych sztuką w przestrzeni publicznej na wykład i konsultacje społeczne, dotyczące realizacji na skwerku przy ulicy Dolnej, pracy Carmen Einfinger „Zapach koloru”.
Galeria Zewnętrzna Miasta Gdańska to projekt artystyczny dla gdańskiej dzielnicy Dolne Miasto, realizowany przez Centrum Sztuki Współczesnej ŁAŹNIA od 2005 roku. Współdziałając w zakresie wieloletniego planu rewitalizacyjnego, instytucja kultury wspiera proces transformacji społecznej i architektonicznej dzielnicy.
The 4th edition of Live in the City (Miasto na żywo) – concerts taking place in the public space as part of the Gdańsk Outdoor Gallery – is about to begin. This year, Dolne Miasto will witness such acts as Band A, Asia i Koty, Hoszpital and Popsysze, while DJ Wika and DJ Czarna are going to play in Nowy Port. The first gig is on 23 July!
Live in the City began in 2013. The idea was to organise gigs in unusual locations: in yards, rather than within gallery walls and music clubs. The project counts with the participation of artists whose concerts may interest both local inhabitants and guests from other part of the city or tourists visiting Gdańsk.
This year will see another edition of The City Speaks – walks around unique, historical districts of Gdańsk organised as part of the Gdańsk Outdoor Gallery.
Together with charismatic guide Karolina Pochwatka, who is the author of the cycle, participants are going to explore new places, discovering the history and extraordinary character of each district. The conversations are going to revolve around stories known and heard, urban legends and transformations of urban areas effected by their inhabitants.
The third stage of an international project dedicated to the Slovenian group IRWIN and their collaboration strategies will take place at the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk. The previous exhibitions were held at the Galleria civica di Modena (Italy) in the spring 2014 and at the Kunsthalle Osnabrück (Germany) in the autumn 2015. The exhibition is curated by Julia Draganović and Claudia Löffelholz of LaRete Art Projects and will take place from May 13th to July 17th 2016.
The major survey exhibition of IRWIN’s public art projects will revisit the notion of public space in different ways. The appropriation of advertisement and film as well as of national attributes which IRWIN constantly de-construct belong to those artistic strategies considered during the exhibition.
Between 29 November and 3 December in Art Education Centre in Gdansk in Nowy Port another 5-day workshop for Polish and foreign musicians was held. It was organised in cooperation with a local artistic association “Nasiono”. The artists inspired by the atmosphere and surrounding of Nowy Port district composed unique music material which then was performed live at the concert in Gdansk
The programme of the workshop was curated and co-created by a famous singer and guitar player from Australia, Hugo Race and a multi instrumentalist from Tricity – Karol Schwarz (KSAS) – the head of Nasiono Records. Moreover 6 musicians from Poland were invited to take part in the workshop: both those on the threshold of their musical breakthrough and artists with more considerable experience.
Project SHOP is the next event realized within the framework of The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk in CEA Łaźnia in Nowy Port. On 25th September we invite you to attend a vernissage and a lecture by Ion Sørvin, founder of Copenhaggen group N55.
N55 is an artistic collective active in Copenhagen since 1994. The group perceives art as part of everyday life. Their projects, which are then published in Manuals placed on the website www. N55.dk and thus made available on the basis of Open Source for those who want to work together, building on the ideas of alternative economy and open access to the means of production. In this way the project SHOP arose.
Anna Waligórska’s works, which won the 5th Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, may already be admired in the urban space of Gdańsk. They decorate the passenger shelters of eight stations of the Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway, which was officially launched in September 2015.
After two years of construction works, the Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway, joining Gdańsk and Kashubia, was finally launched. The ceremonial opening took place on 30 August 2015 at the new T2 terminal of the Lech Walesa Airport. The guests included representatives of the Pomeranian Voivodeship authorities and Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz.
“The City Speaks” walking tours start again. We’re about to visit three districts of Gdańsk: Wrzeszcz, Biskupia Górka and Dolne Miasto. The first two walks will already take place in September.
Owing to the illness of our guide, Karolina Pochwatka, we had to temporarily suspend “The City Speaks” cycle. On 12 September the walking tours start again in a new format. Our guide will be Jakub Szczepański, a historian of architecture.
The main objective of the walking tours is to present those districts of Gdańsk that are situated beyond the general scope of interest. The project is aimed at both local inhabitants and visitors to the city. During the walking tours, you will be able to get to know the history of the given district and jointly discover those out-of-the-way parts of Gdańsk..
In the summer 2015 journalism, architectural and project management workshops were realized within the framework of the “Neighbourhood Remarks” project. The second issue of the newspaper “Nowy Port Żyje” has been also released.
“Neighbourhood Remarks” project is based on a close collaboration with the local community of Nowy Port district. The artist sees herself as a moderator, delegating most of the tasks to the participants / co-authors. Activities in the frames of “Neighbourhood Remarks ” are a kind of laboratory researching the social and cultural territory of the district.
Another edition of the Miracle on the Martwa Wisła will take place on 15 August in Nowy Port. The attractions include workshops, lectures, concerts, film screenings and other artistic events, which will provide a perfect pretext for spending some time outdoors.
In 1845, American thinker Henry Thoreau subjected himself to a social experiment and spent over two years of his life in the forest surrounding Walden Pond in Massachusetts. During this seclusion, away from civilisation and progress, Thoreau created a manifesto of simplicity, self-sufficiency, personal development and praise of nature – Walden: or, Life in the Woods.
In the summer, as part of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, Łaźnia CCA would like to invite you to a series of musical and artistic events taking place in non-standard locations: on yards, outside the walls of galleries or concert halls. In the past, they took place only in Dolne Miasto – starting from this year, this will also be Nowy Port as well as the Night of Museums and Kupala Night.
The project invites artists whose interventions in the public space and performances have the potential to interest not just the local inhabitants, but also guests from other parts of the city or visitors to Gdańsk. The aim of the project is to create places that would inspire local communities to meet, revive Dolne Miasto and Nowy Port, overcome the existing stereotypes, foster an interest in contemporary art and music in accidental passers-by and encourage them to take part in artistic events more often.
A unique walk around Gdańsk accompanied by a guide who knows the deepest secrets of the city is a great alternative to routine tours. What are the secrets hidden in individual districts, what are the stories associated with them? CCA Łaźnia would like to invite you to walking tours with Karolina Pochwatka as part of The City Speaks cycle.
The main objective of the walking tours is to present those districts of Gdańsk that are situated beyond the general scope of interest. The project is aimed at both local inhabitants and visitors to the city. During the walking tours, you will be able to get to know the history of the given district and jointly discover those out-of-the-way parts of Gdańsk.
The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show, currently presented at the Łaźnia CCA, has met with interest of not only art aficionados, but also all those who are not indifferent to ecology and the social and political situation in the world. .
The opening of the exhibition was attended, among others, by: curator and artist Soren Dahlgaard, Meera Nasheed, daughter of the former president of the Maldives Mahomed Nasheed, Amani Naseem, artist and author of street games and performer Mark Harvey, who presented his Political Climate Wrestle and Group Climate performances on 27 June. Street games, workshops for children and concerts have all become part of this event. Visitors could also take part in the walk-through of the exhibition accompanied by the author of the project.
As part of The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show, Łaźnia CAE in Nowy Port is going to host a series of artistic and ecological workshops aimed at both our youngest and slightly older visitors. The events will be taking place in the exhibition area – the caravan – and outdoors, in the vicinity of the institution’s building. Registration for the activities is already open.
The workshops are created by experienced artists and educators, who – invoking the rationale behind Søren Dahlgaard’s The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show – created their own original activities relating to local ecological problems The series of events is enhanced by art therapy workshops fostering the development of personality and creativity as well as the screening of the “Once Upon a Forest” documentary.
The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show opens at the Łaźnia CAE on 27 June. The event will be accompanied by concerts, games and workshops. Søren Dahlgaard’s project prepared in cooperation with other artists became an important voice in the debate on climate change and the political and social situation in the Maldives.
The Maldives Exodus Caravan Show is curated by Melbourne based Danish artist Søren Dahlgaard with deputy curators Elena Gilbert & Microclima. First shown at the Official Collateral Event of the 55th Venice Biennale. The exhibition has toured to Te Tuhi Arts Centre, Auckland, New Zealand, Silent Barn Art Center, New York, CCA Andratx Mallorca, Spain, ART+CLIMATE=CHANGE2015 Melbourne, Australia.
It has already become somewhat of a tradition: like in recent years, let’s meet up in Nowy Port, on the bank of Martwa Wisła, to celebrate the shortest night of the year – Kupala Night. Let’s spend the time from dusk ’til dawn waiting for the start of astronomical summer together, making flower garlands, cooking at the bonfire, listening to music and watching films.
Kupala Night is the shortest night of the year. A night, during which the expression “from dusk ‘til dawn” takes on a unique meaning… Bearing in mind all the dimensions of this extraordinary night, we have prepared an extravaganza of music and film for all our guests who will visit us at the bank of the Vistula. We take off at 7.30 pm, with garland-making workshops held by the Na Trawie duo. Anyone will be able to make a flower crown to decorate his or her forehead.
Spring is in full bloom and another Night of Museums is just around the corner! As part of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, we prepared an interesting programme to accompany this event. On Saturday, 16 May, it is worth taking a trip to Nowy Port. At 6 pm, at the entrance to Łaźnia CAE we are going to begin exploring this unique, historical district guided by the motto “Nowy Port Speaks”. After the eventful walk we planned a concert. T’ien Lai – an organic and synthetic dance quartet – is going to play on the yard of Łaźnia CAE.
After last year’s trips around Dolne Miasto, Stare Przedmieście and Olszynka, this year we would like to invite you to the inauguration of the new cycle – this time, to Nowy Port. Looking at previous locations, Nowy Port seems to be their natural continuation. Like Dolne Miasto, it is situated outside the typical tourist routes and, despite its peripheral location, it has a lot to offer – even though it may not be an obvious choice.
The construction works on the Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway (PKM) are drawing to a close. Under the agreement of 7 May 2013 signed with the contractor, the deadline for completing construction work was scheduled for 30 April 2015. All eight station structures are now complete.
Two of the stations – Gdańsk-Rębiechowo and Gdańsk-Kiełpinek – are already equipped with the characteristic red passenger shelters. The perforated walls with artistic graphic design by Anna Waligórska are being assembled at the Gdańsk-Brętowo station, and in January 2015 they should be ready in Strzyża.
Between 22 September and 1 October 2014, five Polish artists: Jan Lorys, Helena Ganjalyan, Kamil Wawrzuta, Kamila Chromczak and Zuzanna Kasprzyk, worked with Anne Vigier, Franck Appertet and Nicolas Martz in Les Gens d’Unterpan Topologie project in Gdańsk.
The project’s aim was to introduce actions performed by a group of dancers into Gdańsk’s public space, leaving the safe gallery or theatre environment and entering into the midst of an anonymous human mass. The city was treated as a natural scene and each movement or gesture of the artists was meticulously adjusted to the place where it was performed. The Topologie project was first of all focused on the process, in line with the so-called “relational aesthetics”, which is based on dialogue between the artist and the viewer.
In the first week of December in Laznia 2 CCA – Art Education Centre in Gdansk a 4-day workshop for Polish and foreign musicians will be held. The artists inspired by the atmosphere and surrounding of Nowy Port district will compose a unique music material which then will be performed live at the concert in Gdansk. This year’s workshop will be run by Mark Gardener, the lead singer, guitar player and a songwriter for the band Ride.
Just like in the past years, the programme of the workshop will be curated and co-created by a famous sax player Ray Dickaty (ex-Spiritualized) and a multi instrumentalist from Tricity – Karol Schwarz (KSAS) – the head of Nasiono Records. 7 musicians from Poland and abroad are going to be invited to take part in the workshop: both those on the threshold of their musical breakthrough and artists with more considerable experience.
Krystian “Truth” Czaplicki was invited by Łaźnia CCA in Gdańsk to present a public artwork as part of the series of temporary projects of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk. The artist, who comes from the artistic circles of Wrocław and currently cooperates with BWA Warsaw, approached his Gdańsk intervention with a sense of humour and sensitivity regarding the urban tissue.
Czaplicki’s installation enchants the viewer at first sight. Its strength lies in its simplicity: the form resembles a fishing rod or landing net. The simple steel pipe with a circle at the end, immersed in water thanks to a load, gives the impression that the fisherman is assisted by even more sophisticated fishing gear. The work directly refers to the location picked by the artist.
Can art contribute to making everyone feel good in the city? And in this light, what is the potential that is brought about by the projects realized in the public space? Are they dialogue-related, are they exclusive or are they just an ornament of the city life? In other words: do they make things more esthetic or are they carriers of change?
To what extent can we, as creators and organizers of such activities, contribute to the meeting of the postulate of Irish artist and curator Paul O’Neill for the “creation of a sense of existence outside” by creating conditions in which “various social groups can mix, coexist and look for a >>(per)formative basis for the emerging community<<”?
International workshop for students of interior design and architecture are held in Gdansk from 13 to 18 October. They are organised by professors of FH-Mainz, Department of Interior Design and Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Department of Furniture Design. The Lower Town was chosen for the point of departure for the workshop – students are introduced to the district, its architecture and structure as well as The Outdoor Gallery activities.
Gdańsk is a city linked to multiple images: the Tricity, the historic seaport, the Baltic sea, mass tourism, the fall of communism, modern shipbuilding, the Hanseatic league, precious amber – and many others. Visitors come to Gdańsk in search of these images and Gdańsk meets their needs.
ART MESH is an interactive project which encourages its viewers to have active involvement in the newest art. The project has a form of multi-media game whose main objective is to encourage its participants to active co-creation. Art Mesh uses the glitch effect, i.e. digital error in an image used to transform graphics and video.
The project participants literally transform a work of new art by their opinions but at the same time they expend context for their perception and understanding. The result of interactions between the image and participants’ opinions will be a collection of art-mems, available on a website The Interchange and during the project résumé When is a neighbour a stranger? Art Mesh is a follow-up of the interactive action: Let’s Do It Together (2011–2014).
The main goal of “Art for the Masses? International symposium on different strategies of getting contemporary arts closer to people” held during Bratislava Art festival – BLAF is to bring together cultural spaces, galleries, festivals and independent initiatives from the V4 countries and to show and discuss various ways of getting contemporary visual art closer to people.
One of the biggest problems in the cultural field that all post-socialist countries face nowadays is the lack of interest from the general public. The possible reasons might include poor education in contemporary arts, insufficient funding or dysfunctional institutional background.
The project „When is a neighbor a stranger?” raise questions about art in public space, it will present works by both Polish and international artists, focusing on strategies and opportunities for audience involvement in art pieces realized outside of the confined gallery space. Art has become an indelible part of our cityscapes, appearing almost literally on our doorsteps. Do we see it as a pleasant neighbor or rather as a stranger speaking with a funny accent? What should art of this kind be like? Should it entertain, criticize or raise doubts?
A work of art in public space changes the space, redefines it and draws attention, and thus inadvertently engaging the locals. What is the artist’s responsibility towards the local community? Does an artist working in open space program his/her audience, or hand over some of the authorship of his work to them?
Topologie Project realized by Annie Vigier and Franck Apertet (les gens d’Uterpan) deals with the unities of space, time and action that make up a performance. By creating a stage the size of a geographic area and by adapting the length of the performance to that of a process in a state of creation, the disassociated unity becomes a part of the public space, using the daily routine of the city and the social relations that take place there. The process takes place using immersion within the chosen social context. All accessible areas of activity are potentially taken into account by the dancers (stores, public facilities, means of transportation).
For several days the performers leave a predefined point of departure to go out into the public space, following an individual itinerary determined by the Topologie graph. Each time they go out, they enter progressively into the organization and increasingly precise replica of their simple acts: gestures and physical movements, social behavior, the speed of their movements, etc.
In recent weeks, a new artistic installation appeared in the Lower Town, which brought some colour into the life of the inhabitants. Immersement by Justyna Wencel and Marcin Chomicki was created on a bridge which joins two districts of Gdańsk: Lower Town and Olszynka, near Krystian “Truth” Czaplicki’s sculpture placed in the waters of Opływ Motławy in mid-July.
Strips of foil in warm and cool shades were manually cut and glued to the railings of the bridge, creating the impression of being immersed in colours. The work was welcomed by the inhabitants of the area near the Gdańsk bastions who treat the new bridge as a gift and feel responsible for it, making sure that no-one damages the installation. Immersement can be seen from 28 July until the end of 2014.
Join us for the last meeting of the LOWER TOWN LIVE series this Friday on 29 August. The ethereal duo LILLY HATES ROSES will perform amongst old buildings, in Laznia CCA’s backyard at 8pm. Before the concert, at 6pm there will be another chance to discover the mysterious parts of the district during the next LOWER TOWN TALKS trip.
Summer is closer to its end and we are also preparing to conclude this year’s The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk series of events realised in public space. So far we’ve had several opportunities to discover various interesting parts of the district. The events were attended by the regular participants of artistic actions as well as tourists and citizens of the Lower Town of every age groups – from kids to seniors.
We are halfway through the Holiday Meetings with Art at the LKW Gallery. On account of the nature of its work, the LKW Gallery is a pioneer project in Tricity. Its original take on the animation of culture in Lower Town makes it all the more vital. During this year’s holidays, this workshop space offers various development opportunities for children.
By combining theory and practice, authors of workshops organised as part of the (In)dispensable Art project want to develop children’s competence in critical and aesthetic thinking, encourage them to look for their inner artist and stimulate their personal growth.
Once again, we would like to invite you to LOWER TOWN LIVE – this time, as an exception, taking place in the middle of the week (Wednesday, 20.08) and with an extended line-up. We will hear Pure Phase Ensemble 3 – an international project composed of ten musicians led by the legendary Stereolab singer, Laetitia Sadier. Opening up for PPE3 will be Nathalie and the Loners. This is the only chance to hear those bands in Tricity, in such a beautiful atmosphere, unusual setting and, what is more, completely for free!
The concert will take place in an important part of Lower Town: on a square between Toruńska, Jałmużnicza and Kamienna Grobla streets, right next to the Fabryka Batycki building and near the
bank of the Motława river channel. This place serves as a pitch for playing football or ping-pong (on a table erected by the inhabitants of the district), a meeting point, a green area, where one can sit on
the edge of the sandpit, in the shade of the trees and indulge in a drink bought in a nearby shop. An ideal spot for concerts and other cultural events.
On Saturday, 19 July 2014, an unusual event took place on the shore of Opływ Motławy, next to the Wyskok Redoubt. As part of the Lower Town Speaks cycle, a sculpture by Krystian “Truth” Czaplicki was unveiled, while Sonia Pisze Piosenki and Asia i Koty played for the numerous attendees. Between the concerts, the microphone was handed over to children from Lower Town
who were keen to present their unique interpretations of popular songs.
The evening passed in a nice and friendly atmosphere among the lush greenery of the Lower Town bastions. The event gathered both the youngest and the elderly inhabitants of the district as well as
visitors, artists from Gdańsk and other Polish cities. Music and art broke all barriers here. We gave a voice to persons, objects and places usually deprived of it.
We invite you to take part in the next events of the series THE LOWER TOWN LIVE and THE LOWER TOWN TALKS on Saturday 26th July. First we’ll have a chance to get to know the areas of bastions and scenic, although a bit forgotten, spaces of Olszynka district. After the walk we can enjoy the acoustic concert played by Peter J. Birch in Laznia CCA’s courtyard.
July equals holidays and holidays are good for wanderings! This time our charismatic guide – Karolina Pochwatka – will take us on a trip to bastions, the old fortifications that used to protect the town from the south, but not only. If weather permits we’ll also go to Olszynka to see what has remained of the old manor and of the unique Dutch housing estate.
On 19 July, an unusual event is going to take place in Gdańsk’s Dolne Miasto district, on the shore of Opływ Motławy near the Wyskok Redoubt – unveiling Krystian “Truth” Czaplicki’s sculpture and 2 concerts from the Dolne Miasto Live series: Asia i Koty and Sonia pisze piosenki.
The temporary installation by Krystian “Truth” Czaplicki has been planned for implementation as part of the temporary projects conducted by the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, which are complementary to the large, permanent artistic endeavours – works of art selected by an international jury that have become part of the Dolne Miasto landscape.
The second city wandering of The Lower Town Talks series will take place on 27 June and it will focus on the industrial history of the district. And there’s plenty to talk about! Despite its limited area, in the 19th century The Lower Town experienced a period of intensive progress connected with the emerging of numerous industrial plants. Plenty of them remained until present days although in a much poorer condition compared to the original.
However it is still well worth taking a closer look at them in order to feel the atmosphere of the pre-war Gdansk – fast developing, throbbing with life, beautiful in each part (even this typically industrial one). So put your walking shoes on, make sure you’re properly dressed for the weather and join us for the next Lower Town wandering to find out more about history of this exceptional district. You’re all welcome!
On 13th June we launch the exhibition MULTIANNUAL EXPERIENCE OF LAZNIA CCA IN THE FIELD OF ART IN PUBLIC SPACE presenting projects of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk in the Art Platform „Vorota” w Kaliningrad. The exhibition is realised by NCCA Kaliningrad and Laznia CCA in a framework of the project «Close Stranger» co-financed by the European Union.
In the framework of the exhibition presented at Art Platform „Vorota” in Kaliningrad we wish to share our experience in the field of art in public space and to show the most significant realisations of the previous years as well as the awarded artworks waiting to be realized in the area of the Lower Town district in the near future.
Once again, we give the space of LKW Gallery to artists and culture animators! In summer we invite children and youth for different actions, workshops and urban games in the Lower Town.
It has been 7 years since we stopped the LKW truck on its way to the Lower Town and changed it into a completely different object – a space for development, education and entertainment for the local citizens. In 2008 we opened its doors to the public and launched our activities inside LKW Gallery – the studio designed by Lex Rijkers and Daniel Milohnic that was the winning project of the 1st edition of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk competition. LKW is a place where artistic actions and workshops are organised for the local community. Our aim is to produce works of art in public space that have aesthetic values but also have educational and interactive purposes.
The main aim of The Lower Town Talks wanderings organised within the framework of The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk is to interest citizens of the Lower Town and other districts in the history of this place. The Lower Town is one of the last remaining districts of Gdansk kept in the original shape. In spite of its rich history it is perceived as a “dark” and dangerous district.
By the series of guided tours during which the history of the district will be presented as well as it’s most scenic and surprising places we will try to change the way the district is perceived, change its image and make people interested in it.
On the wavelenght of popularity of the last year’s Lower Town Live events, we decided to organise yet another series of musical and artistic actions in public space of The Lower Town district in the summer of 2014. The events will be held in unique, untypical places, outside the gallery walls or concert venues. This year we begin the series on 17 May – on The International Museums Night.
Within the framework of the Outdoor Gallery project we invite artists and musicians representing alternative scene, whose performances will interest both the local citizes as well as the guests from other parts of Gdansk or visitors. We intend to create places aimed at stimulating encounters of the local community, citizens of Gdansk and guests visiting the city in the summer season.
We are happy to announce the beginning of revitalization works of The Lower Town. The two artworks selected in the 3rd edition of the Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk Compeition – “Scent of Color” by Carmen Einfinger and “Leader Swing” Fernando Sanchez Castillo – will be permanently set into the landscape of the district as artistic elements giving the space a brand new image.
Construction works started on February 24th. A fundamental revitalization passes through district. Thanks to an agreement signed by the City of Gdańsk underground infrastructure will be rebuilt, surface of the streets will be repaired, public space adjacent to streets Dolna, Kieturakisa, Kurza, Śluza, Wróbla, Toruńska, Łąkowa and Radna will change. 31 communal buildings will also be renovated.
On 11-13th January at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdańsk a meeting of education specialists from other institutions from Russia and Lithuania participating in the international project „Close Stranger” was held. They have shared their knowledge and experience about exhibitions “9000 km”, “The Meetings” and on the subject of art in public space.
During the three days of workshops participants were taking part in cultural education process and development of new, currently relevant forms of such process. They were touring around Gdansk seeking for Art in Public Space. They were sightseeing the Lower Town district, watching the installations of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdańsk. On the next day they visited Young City District (Shipyard), former Artist Colony and a studio of Agata Nowosielska, Polish artist participating in Close Stranger Residence Programme.
Laznia CCA cordially invites to the meeting with Julia Draganovic, Director of Kunsthalle Osnabruck and a member of the international jury of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk who is also the editor of a publication summarizing the last year’s symposium This Troublesome, Uncomfortable and Questionable Relevance of Art in Public Space.
The meeting (on Friday 22 November 2013 at 7pm) will take a form of a conversation between Julia Draganovic and Kamila Wielebska (curator at CCA and art critic) about the book, their curatorial practice, controversies attributed to art in public space and about the influence of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk on the image of The Lower Town district in Gdansk. We invite everyone interested in art in public space, people who want to learn more about The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk project and citizens of The Lower Town to attend the meeting and to join the discussion. The talk will be translated consecutively into Polish.
On behalf of Laznia Centre for Contemporary Arts Adam Budak and Julia Draganović called international artists, critics and curators to discuss THIS Troublesome, Uncomfortable and Questionable RELEVANCE of Art in Public Space at Fabryka Batycki in Gdansk on 23–24 November 2012. This year, on the anniversary of that event, Laznia CCA publishes a book summarizing the symposium.
Art in Public Space, out in the wilderness, so to say. Art beneath its protected context of the exhibition space is uncomfortable for almost everybody. For artists and exhibitors, the amount of unpredictability is sometimes overwhelming: weather and light, humidity and ambient sound can’t be fully controlled. And on top of this, there is the audience! People who often aren’t even aware of encountering an art work.
The Department of Urban Planning, Architecture and Conservation of the Municipality of Gdańsk would like to invite you to participate in a competition for the design of original city furniture. For the information of those unfamiliar with the concept – „city furniture” means objects such as benches, flower pots, waste bins, or bicycle racks, but also smaller elements of city space, e.g. a parking meter, railing, tree cover, information board. The competition will consist of one stage, and it is open for all entrants, regardless of their education. The deadline for entries is 27 November. More information below. Take part!
The competition is organised by the Council of the City of Gdańsk represented by the Mayor of Gdańsk. The competition task consists in the design of a project of original set of contemporary city furniture that would suit the character of a particular type of space of the city.
BNNT’s sound bombing in the Lower Town turned out to be a very good idea. A very warm welcome of the group by the inhabitants of the neighbourhood was an extraordinary experience for us. The more so, if we recall that the exhibition of one of the members of the duo, Konrad Smoleński, featuring a sound installation and closed the previous day did not always provoke positive emotions among the closest neighbours…
While Łaźnia was visited by crowds of gallery-museum public willing to see, listen and almost physically experience (in many cases to experience again) S.T.R.H., inhabitants of the neighbouring building, reacting to the several-minute long “blows” and “shocks” generated systematically every hour, prepared eggs and sharpened axes…
In the anniversary of the battle called “Miracle on the Vistula” (on 15-16 August) we invited citizens of Gdansk as well as tourists to Nowy Port for a two-day art festival devoted to gardening, local organic food, and wandering.
Participants were encouraged to explore their own roads and ”lose themselves” in the green areas of the district. All of us became the city vagabonds who drifted among the magic of everyday life. As the guerrilla gardeners we will sought for edible wild plants, walked, wandered around, and discovered miracles on the banks of the Lifeless Vistula.
On November 1st 2013, Julia Draganović – the curator of the last Outdoor Gallery symposium in Gdansk and a jury member of the Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk competition – will become Director of the Kunsthalle Osnabruck in Germany.
“The Kunsthalle Osnabruck is a highly inspiring place for contemporary art. In the past twenty years the current Director André Lindhorst has done a successful job of planning and organizing exhibitions. This has positioned the Kunsthalle Osnabruck among the important and ground breaking places for contemporary art in Germany.
In the hot summer evening of the 9th of August, in the courtyard of CCA Laznia at the next event of the Lower Town Live we had a spectacular turnout of the audience. It was all because of the beautiful sounds of Enchanted Hunters with elements of dream-pop, dream-folk and Americana in their music.
At first glance, you are dominated by female element in the band: the girl’s voice, soft tones of the flute and cymbals with dreamy jazzy chords. They create a nostalgic atmosphere, and break out into psychedelic sound with references to American indie rock of the ’90s. An important aspect of the Enchanted Hunters are their live performances, these are warmly received by each audience and they play in the most unusual places. Enchanted Hunters are a Polish band founded by Margaret Penkalla, and includes Magdalena Gajdzica and Patrick Zieliniewicz.
We’ve just experienced the second concert of the Lower Town Live series. The Shipyard – an alternative band from Gdynia performed on 19 July in the Laznia CCA’s courtyard. The group sounded astonishingly amongst the old houses of the district. The concert enticed the faithful fans of the group as well as random passers-by and Laznia CCA’s neighbours. The splendid atmosphere continued also after the show – when the audience and organisers of the event started playing badminton and football together in the yard.
The concert by The Shipyard was yet another step towards creating the places aimed at stimulating encounters of the local community, citizens of Gdansk and guests visiting the city in the summer season in the area of The Lower Town. With this project we aim is to break the barriers and to introduce the distrct as a friendly, attractive place with multiple cultural events to offer. We are making this space alive with live music in the summer season.
The first concert of the “Lower Town Live” series was held on 12 July. Pouring rain and strong wind convinced us to move the performance of Ebola Ape & Hertzshmertz to the interior of Laznia CCA. Although we managed to recreate the atmosphere of meditative and chill-out picnic and at the same time of the mysterious and mistic voodoo rite in our concert venue.
The animal image of Ebola and Hertzshmertz, hipnotic, throbbing music, extraordinary, multiple visualisations, candlelight, insence smell, smoke machine, participants laying on big cushions on the floor – all of these created the atmosphere of this one-off event. All of the participants. The show proved it was well worth coming to Lower Town in such terrible weather.
Within the framework of the Outdoor Gallery project we organise a series of music events realized in the open space of the Lower Town, in untypical locations, outside the gallery walls. We invite musicians representing alternative, electronic and avant-garde scene, whose performances will interest both the local citizes as well as the guests from other parts of Gdansk or visitors.
We intend to create places aimed at stimulating encounters of the local community, citizens of Gdansk and guests visiting the city in the summer season. The project’s aim is to break the barriers and to introduce the distrct as a friendly, attractive place with multiple cultural events to offer. We want to make this space alive with live music in the summer season.
The art object entitled AND HONEY UPON HAWTHORN GROWS has been created within the framework of the South Baltic Programme as a result of the project with the acronym WEBSR – the Upgrade, realized by partners from Poland, Germany and Sweden. The aim of the project was to create artistic objects promoting wind energy in three cities: Kalmar, Rostock and Gdansk.
The inauguration ceremony will be also an opportunity for meeting with the artist, Thorsten Goldberg – the author of the installation as well as the winner of the 1st Honorary Mention in the 4th edition of The International Competition of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk for the project entitled Occurence in 2011. The event in The Ronald Reagan Park in Gdańsk on 13 June 2013 will be also attended by the representatives of the WEBS2– the Upgrade project partners.
Julia Draganovic, the jury member of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk and Dominik Lejman, the author of “Staging Anonymous” installation will be special guests of a conference on art in the public domain and digital media which will be a part of the international Art Line project: Art in Public Space – Festival or Not?
The role of art in the public space is frequently discussed in the Tri-City artistic circles. One thing that has recently stirred up the discourse is the growing number of festival like projects with a more or less populist profile appearing in the urban space. The festivals vary in form and purpose, but what they all share is the common air of an ephemeral event.
ART is LOOKING for YOU are multi-disciplinary educational and artistic events realized in Center for Contemporary Arts Laznia in the LKW Gallery – a workshop studio located in a lorry in the Lower Town district – and in New Port district.
Activities focus on the transformation of the urban structures and development of local communities during the series of workshops: “City Metamorphoses”, “Summer Camp in LKW Gallery” and “Outside Inside”. Project assumes activation of local communities in Lower Town and New Port, to encourage them to cooperate with CCA Łaźnia and to achieve a positive transformation of inhabitants on the field of education, architecture and socio-cultural.
On 22 February at Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk the exhibition presenting the results of the 5th edition of The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdansk Competition was opened. The awards were presented to the authors of the winning projects: Anna Waligórska, Andrea Mastrovito and Hans Peter Kuhn during the event.
The 5th edition was realized in cooperation with the municipal corporation Pomorskie Metropolitan Rail S.A. who was the organizer of the competition. Within the competition chosen artist were to design a graphic pattern for the walls of railway stops of the Pomorskie Metropolitan Rail which will connect Lech Walesa Airport with Gdansk Wrzeszcz and will constitute a transport link between two railways: E65 (Gdynia – Warsaw) and 201 (Gdynia – Kościerzyna).
On 22 February at Laznia CCA we are opening the exhibition presenting the results of the 5th edition of The International Competition of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk, organised in cooperation with Pomorskie Metropolitan Rail. The exhibition is on till 24 March 2013.
The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk is a long-term, international project realized by Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art a aiming to create a permanent collection of works of art in urban space. Projects assigned for realisation are chosen by a jury in regularly announced, closed, international competitions. This time the Outdoor Gallery has left the borders of the Lower Town district for a while and focused on a different area of Gdansk.
We present you the latest book published by Laznia Centre for Contemporary Art Art and Public Space. This publication is a recording and material proof of the first symposium of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk which took place on 26 February 2011 in Gdańsk.
The symposium, entitled Art and Public Space, was the first attempt at reflecting on the actions of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk, which resonate on an international scale. Not only it’s member-jurors were in attendance. The event attracted artists, advisors and supporters of this enterprise as well as representatives of the Pomerania Metropolitan Rail, whose participation heralded the next (fifth) edition of the Gallery’s competition.
We start new year with a crowdfunding campaign to support the publication Fight Specific Isola, which Bert Theis and Mariette Schiltz have been working on feverishly in the last months.
It would be wonderful, if you could contribute some time – and some money! – to this initiative, which serves to fund the production and distribution of the book of Bert Theis – an artist, who is now part of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk and his publication touches all the sensitive spots.
Every contribution counts, most of all as kickstarter has one limit: your credit card will only be charged (and Isola Art Center will only get money), if we reach the target amount of 5,500 $ by March 8th, 2013. Otherwise all our common efforts will be in vain.
We have the pleasure to inform you that our symposium THIS TROUBLESOME, UNCOMFORTABLE AND QUESTIONABLE RELEVANCE OF ART IN PUBLIC SPACE which was held on 23-24 November 2012 at the industrial space of Fabryka Batycki was a success. Laznia CCA had a opportunity to present to a broader, international audience the results of realization of The Outdoor Gallery of Gdansk project. The guests who gathered at the conference had a chance to exchange their ideas and experience and discuss which roles artists, curators and architects can actually play in revitalizing and regenerating public space.
The symposium was commenced with a guided tour to The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk projects in Lower Town district with Adam Budak and Jacek Dominiczak.
The international Jury of contemporary art curators cooperating with Laznia CCA have decided that the project by Anna Waligórska from Gdańsk was the best out of the 6 final works admitted for the competition.
The aim of the competition was to design a graphic pattern for the walls of railway stops of the Pomorskie Metropolitan Rail. The jury noted that the 6 competition entries submitted by artists from Poland, Austria, Germany, Italy and Luxembourg varied considerably
On 26 October 2011 at 4.30 PM under the bridge in Szopy Street we are holding a general operation test of Amber Drops installation by Fred Hatt and Daniel Schlaepfer. Amber Drops was awarded the first honorary mention in the 3rd edition of The International Competition Of The Outdoor Gallery Of The City Of Gdansk in 2009 for its subtle reference to the importance of amber in building of Gdansk identity as well as for their minimalistic way of dealing with the aesthetics of public space.
Amber Drops is an installation of yellow translucent pebbles made of epoxy resin with a built in led lighting system. The glow of ambers varies in time and rhythm like the breathing of a person. Objects typical of our times of different sizes and of different types are embedded into the resin – like a mobile phone or other relics of today’s daily life that had been trapped within like bugs.
“Art in public is what makes public space more interesting than art”
This year’s competition came out as a further important step in the development of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk. Seven projects were presented by artists from all over the world and proved the high quality on an artistic and professional level.
During five years of commissioning art works in the lower town of Gdansk, we mapped different parts of the area. The works realized up to now have proved evidence of the successful cooperation of artistic projects and urban development.
Concert as part of the International Night of the Museums
14.05.2011, at 09:00p.m
Location: scene at ul. Jaskółcza 1 (behind the Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art building)
Coordinator: Anna Szynwelska
Due to the dislocation of the members of the group who live now in three different cities (Sopot, Warszawa and Wrocław), Maciej Cieślak now does more solo work with the electric guitar and his voice. As a result, he creates songs that could be played together with Arkadiusz K. and Michał B., but not necessarily. Heavy music without bass and drums?
Partners: Studio for City Interiors Design, The Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk, Pomeranian Metropolitan Railway S.A.
Coordination: Jacek Dominiczak
The First Gdansk Outdoor Gallery Symposium initiates a series of professional exchanges and debates focused on synergies that raises from the encounters of arts, publics, and spaces. The challenge is to clear a specific path towards the advancement of both theory and practice of arts in/of public spaces.
On 25th February in “Łaźnia” Center for Contemporary Art took place the meeting of the artists and architects taking part in the 4th edition of the International Competition “The Outdoor Gallery of The City of Gdańsk”. During the meeting the participants had the opportunity to get to know the area which is destined to revitalization within the competition: crossroads of the streets Kamienna Grobla, Dobra and Toruńska (including the area of the bridge and river embankment). By creating their projects the artists will be taking into consideration the historical character of the streets and the situating of the areas in the point of pedestrian crossing leading from the places where the winning projects of three previous editions of the competitions were realized, as well as from “Łaźnia” Center for Contemporary Art to medieval fortifications on the border of the Lower Town. What is important, is that the artistic work should be “road sign” to “Łaźnia” and it should harmonize with its surroundings.
The purpose of the meeting were also technical consultations and talks with, for example, representatives of Spatial Development and Environment Protection Commission from City Council of Gdańsk, Roads and Environment Protection Commission of Gdańsk and the team of the office “Gdańsk 2016 – European Capital of Culture”.
In the 4th edition of the competition, the crossroads of Kamienna Grobla Street, Dobra Street and Toruńska Street (including a bridge, concrete riverside promenades and a bus stop of the line 120) will constitute the area of the project realization. The artists will take into consideration the historic character of the streets as well as the fact that the area is a meeting point of the paths coming from the prizewinning objects of the previous editions of the competition as well as from Łaźnia Centre for Contemporary Art and leading to the medieval fortifications situated on the border of Dolne Miasto. The results of the project should constitute a signpost to Łaźnia and harmonize with the surroundings.
Under the flyover by Szopy Street (Powale Przedmiejskie crossroads) next to LKW Gallery
Inauguration of Amber Drops will be accompanied by Mikołaj Trzaska and Remont Pomp concert, together with visualisation show by students of 65 Primary School in Gdańsk. The whole event is taking place in the area of light installation Amber Drops under the flyover by Szopy Street.
The official launching of ”Invisible Gate” installation by Front Studio from New York will take place and it will be incorporated with the programme of artistic events realised within the framework of The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk project. It is a consecutive work of art, following LKW Gallery, to be realised within the space of Szopy Street flyover (and not the last one).
Front Studio, the enterprising firm founded in 2001, is noted for its ability to blur the distinctions between art and architecture. The practice has won several international competitions which challenge conventional notions of space, often through the evocation of visionary ideas. Currently under the stewardship of Yen Ha and Michi Yanagishita, Front Studio pursues a thoughtful and creative approach to design.
Recently their entry into the White House Redux competition entitled “American White House” was named an Official Selection of the Popular Vote online component. The project proposes taking the renovation of the White House into an extreme light by empowering the American public with the right to decide the outcome of our national symbol, the White House through the most democratic of stages, the reality TV show.
We are pleased to spread the news that “Scent of Colour” by Carmen Einfinger will be on show in Broadway Gallery in New York from 1st to 15th April.
The Scent of Color by New York artist Carmen Einfinger won the first prize in the 3rd edition of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk competition and will be realized at Dolna Square. The jury was convinced by Einfinger’s sensuous and colorful proposal, which will turn Dolna Square into a festive oasis redesigning the existing public service point (as the kiosk and the bus stop) and transforming the central alley into a garden with benches, birdhouses and a fountain.
Einfinger’s proposal is a strong and unique statement which will reshape Dolna Square into a joyful meeting points for families, friendly to the environment and inviting to rest and communicate. Her artistic gesture refers to the code of pop and youth culture. The artist was also inspired by the Kameralna Restaurant’s exuberant use of color and forma – one expression of Gdansk’s longing for aesthetically sophisticated environments. Einfinger also consciously refers to such famous artistic realizations in park spaces as Tarot Garden in Tuscany by Niki de Saint Phalle or Güell Park in Barcelona by Antoni Gaudí.
In December 2009 new works of art appeared in the area of the Lower Town district. They were realised as a part of The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk project.
The first piece that was completed was Invisible Gate by Front Studio group from New York. It is yet another work of art, beside LKW Gallery studio, (and not the last) to be realised in the space of the flyover situated by Szopy street.
Five-day workshops aim at confrontation of Polish modernism of 60’s-80’s with contemporary Swiss modernism. Workshops will be conducted by architects working for renowned Swiss offices, Piotr Brzoza and Piotr Fortuna (e.g. Herzog&de Meuron) and lectures will be given by prof. Wiesław Anders (Gdansk Technical University, Architecture Department), Jacek Friedrich (Academy of Arts in Gdansk, Gdansk University), Matthias Heinz and Mathias Stocker (pool Architekten, Zürich), Daniel Kiss (ETH Zürich).
Regardless of significant spatial and time distance, contemporary planning designs realized in Switzerland show strong conceptual and morphological resemblance to Polish residential settlements which were created between 60’s and 80’s. Architects who worked on development of Zürich-Affoltern could benefit from the historical experience, unlike their Polish predecessors in the 70’s. It was the period when architectural and city-planning thought as well as construction technologies underwent subsequent phases of development.
„Dolne Miasto OST” is the second album by Tricity based group Towary Zastępcze. “Ciche Dni” exploited specific, melancholic poetic convention; “Dolne Miasto OST” (the soundtrack for a non-existent film, starring Bronislaw Cieslak as Philip Marlowe) is the subsequent step in playing with conventions. It is a concept album merged in the atmosphere of a classic criminal, a film noir. In the first scene a beautiful, dead woman appears – found on a bank of a port canal – between land and water, between life and death. The story told on the album by three voices is a story of searching – for identity of the victim, for crime motives, and eventually for the killer himself…
The content of the new album is strictly subject to the story told and it escapes classification: sharp guitar riffs intertwine with dreamy, ambient psychedelics, dancing tunes, classic blues and musical-box sounds of a fairground.
The concert in CCA Laznia will be a unique chance to hear the whole „Dolne Miasto OST” album live.
The concert is a part of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk project.
On 6 July the Jury of the International Competition of the “Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk” gathered in CCA Laznia in order to judge the projects submitted to the competition. The following members of the Jury participated in the meeting:
1) Enrico Lunghi, director of Mudam Luxemburg, Luxemburg
2) Jacek Dominiczak, lecturer at the Gdansk Academy of Fine Arts, Poland
3) Bettina Steinbrügge, curator, Artistic Director of Andersen’s Contemporary, Berlin, Germany
4) Adam Budak, curator, Museum-Joanneum in Graz, Austria
5) Norbert Weber, Member of the international experts’ committee of the Latvian Contemporary Art Museum (Riga)
6) Julia Draganovic, curator, former Artistic Director of Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, Naples, Italy
7) Jadwiga Charzynska, Director of “Laznia” Centre for Contemporary Art in Gdansk, Poland
The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk – Opening of LKW Gallery – 24 June 2008
LKW Gallery by Lex Rijkers and Daniel Milohnic is the winning project of the first edition of the International Competition of The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk in 2005. A lorry stuck under the overpass by Szopy Street symbolizes the isolation of the Lower City from the Centre by the viaduct and emphasizes the social and mental differences of the two neighbouring places. Locating LKW Gallery in the public space will facilitate greater integration of the local society, education of children and realizing a number of artistic and social projects activating the citizens. LKW is to become easily accessible, alternative cultural center – a place for workshops, exhibitions, film projections, and other forms of cultural and artistic activity.
LAZNIA Centre for Contemporary Art has announced for the second time the competition for a work of art in the space of the Lower City of Gdansk.The project is supposed to act as a stimulus to change the character of the district permanently. The collection is to be created over the years, whereas the works of art will be appointed in the regularly announced closed international competitions.
The Project is an important element of the revitalization of the Lower City district and the elimination of the existing social problems through artistic activities.
Gdańsk Town Council has chosen the district together with the New Port district to be revitalized due to their social problems. Competitions of the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk attempt to join this process using artistic practice and shaping social behaviour. Thus, they constitute a part of a broader programme of life improvement in the above-mentioned districts. The project makes it possible to change the character of the district and create a unique art collection in the urban space. Art in the public space of the Lower City has a vital role to play. The organisers decided that artistic projects created within The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk will be located in symbolic spaces dividing the Main City and the Lower City. According to this rule, artists invited to take part in the first edition, designed works of art for the barrier of the flyover next to the Szopy Street.
The proceedings of the international jury of the competition for the permanent piece of art in a public space entitled “The Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdańsk” will take place on 16th-17th July 2005 and will consist of two stages:
• the first stage includes the choice of the best 3-4 projects fulfilling the artistic criteria and competition regulations which will then qualify to the second stage of the competition.
• in the second stage, the jury will choose the project to be realized and decide about the first prize and other honourable mentions. Three financial awards will be given. The first prize amounts to the equivalent of 3000 Euro gross and the realization of the project is to be undertaken in 2006. Two honourable mentions will be paid: 1st, the equivalent of 1200 Euro gross, and 2nd, the equivalent of 800 Euro gross.