Art Interventions – competition for a public object

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. Łaźnia CCA has long-standing experience with respect to such projects, acquired in the course of running the Outdoor Gallery of the City of Gdansk.

Krzysztof Kucharczyk, Director of the Kielce Design Institute, has been invited to cooperate in the project as a curator. The competition jury will be composed of public art specialists supported by experts from the relevant divisions of the Gdańsk Municipal Office and a representative of the inhabitants of Św. Ducha St., among others.

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In August 2018, following an in-depth analysis of the output and artistic potential of the candidates, a total of four artists, designers or projects groups with experience in public art will be invited to a closed competition. The following events are scheduled for 2018: holding the competition, consulting the inhabitants, meeting with experts and organising study visits for artists aimed at getting to know the specific nature of the location and preparing a proposal that would refer to the history and topography of the street, and be suited to the needs of the inhabitants and other users of the street. The design will also have to meet the requirements of the Historical Buildings Inspector. Competition proposals, including the winning project, will be presented in late autumn 2018 in the form of an exhibition (printouts or mock-ups and a bilingual information brochure). The jury will select the winning project, which will be developed in 2019 (scheduled opening in the summer of 2019).

The winning project will be of a temporary/seasonal nature, but permanent designs, able to be developed or relocated, will receive a higher score.

The project will be implemented in line with the guidelines formulated by the City of Gdańsk in the CULTURE AND FREE TIME Operational Programme, under priority item PUBLIC ART.


Participants of the competition:

BudCud is an architectural and urban planning business run by Mateusz Adamczyk and Agata Woźniczka. BudCud stands out on account of its concept-based approach and original form of presenting projects – from colourful mock-ups to pop-art collages. The company has a number of realized projects under its belt, in Poland and abroad. BudCud is the winner of a number of architectural and urban planning competitions, such as the prestigious international Europan competition (E9 Warsaw, 1st place, and E11 Leeuwarden, mention of honour) and the Schindler Award for Architecture, Access for All. BudCud also won the 1st place in the international urban planning competition for the revitalization of the Voronezh reservoir, while their design of a European garden for the Chinese Garden Expo in Wuhan received a mention of honour.

Michał Gdak was selected on account of his ideal combination of formal education in two disciplines. He studied architecture at the TU Delft in the Netherlands, Vitus Bering in Denmark and the Wrocław University of Technology, and sculpture at the Academies of Fine Arts in Wrocław and Valencia. Gdak took part in a number of plein-air sessions, exhibitions and workshops. He taught student groups at project-based workshops and academic classes. He worked at the Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Inter.National.Design in Rotterdam, and the Studio Arne Quinze in Belgium. He won a number of competitions in the field of art and architecture. Since 2013, he has co-authored the Public Space Studio at the Kielce Design Institute. He was a member of the curatorial team that represented Poland at the 16th Venice Biennale of Architecture. He won the Good Design award of the Industrial Design Institute in Warsaw for his Urban Salon.

Paweł Grobelny studied at the Faculty of Architecture and Design of the Poznań Academy of Fine Arts, École Nationale des Beaux-Arts in Lyon and École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He specializes in urban projects for specific locations – subtle, delicate and respecting the existing preconditions, to which they are skilfully adapted. His works have been shown at the Vienna Design Week, Paris Design Week, Tokyo Design Week and Seoul Design Olympiad. He is particularly interested in urban projects aimed at specific locations that respect the surrounding context. He is the author of street furniture in the Zhongshan garden in Shanghai, Albertine garden in Brussels and in Paris.

Tabanda is a well-known project group based in Gdańsk, and composed of Małgorzata Malinowska, Filip Ludka and Tomek Kempa. Their trademark is plywood furniture, but not everyone is aware that all members of the group are architects by profession. While they are mostly associated with interior design (e.g. lamps, chairs), they will now have an opportunity to design something for the public space of the city they are associated with on an everyday basis. They like to say that they are one body with three heads. They won the DesignAlive award in the 2014 Author of the Year category, and their products received three mentions of honour at the MustHave competition held during the Łódź Design Festival.


Jury Members: :
1. Krzysztof Kucharczyk / Director of the Kielce Design Institute
2. Jadwiga Charzyńska / Director of ŁAŹNIA CCA in Gdańsk
3. Dr hab. Jacek Dominiczak / professor at the Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts, Urban Interiors Design Studio
4. Prof. dr hab . Michał Stefanowski / head of the Design Department, Warsaw Academy of Fine Arts
5. Jacek Sosnowski / curator of the Propaganda Gallery in Warsaw

Expert Jury Members:
1. Grzegorz Sulikowski / Deputy Director of the Urban Planning, Architecture and Historical Buildings Protection Department
2. Michał Szymański / Acting Deputy Director for Public Space, Road and Green Area Administration
3. Karina Rembiewska / Representative of the Mayor of Gdańsk for Śródmieście
4. Barbara Frydrych / Director of the Mayor of Gdańsk’s Bureau of Culture

Schedule of the competition:
10 August 2018 – selection of 4 participants, announcing the competition
15 August 2018 – entering into contracts with competition participants
until 7 September 2018 – participants may ask questions concerning the competition
until 26 September 2018 – competition project submission deadline
until 31 December 2018 – execution of the winning work (to be installed on Św. Ducha St. in the second quarter of 2019)

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