The Billboard Art Competition 2016 “Under pressure. How to be yourself in the contemporary oppressive world?” settled!

643 artists from 62 countries entered the contest “Under pressure. How to be yourself in the contemporary oppressive world?”. We received 1204 artworks from Cuba, USA, China, Armenia, Lebanon, Russia, Ecuador, France, Kyrgyzstan, Iran and many others!


The jury panel composed of artists and curators, including:

Adam Niklewicz / artist / North Haven, Connecticut, USA

Mark Titchner / artist / London, Great Britain

Małgorzata Augustyniak / art historian, vice-president AMS SA / Warsaw, Poland

Joanna Górska / artist, curator, Art Moves Festival art director/ Toruń, Poland

selected 10 most interesting projects which will be exhibited on billboards during the Art Moves Festival 2016.


Here is the list of honoured artists:

Aleksander Piątek i Monika Braksal, Poland

Agnieszka Popek-Banach i Kamil Banach, Poland

Lex Drewinski , Germany / Poland

Celeste Fichter, USA

Eddie Cheang, China

Mario Fuentes, Ecuador

Martin Roskom, USA

Wenjie Huo, China

Zuzanna Banasińska, Poland

The jury decided to confer the main award of 5000 PLN to Aleksander Piątek i Monika Braksal from Poland.

The festival starts on 9th of September 2016.

Congratulation for the winner and the authors of singled out works! Obviously, there have been many more examples worthy of display! We would like to say „Thank you” all artists who submitted their works and invite them for checking up for next year’s topic.







Check up for this year’s topic!
Under pressure. How to be yourself in the contemporary oppressive world?

Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2016

There is no entry fee. The Competition is open and all artists interested in billboard art are invited to take part. The works should be submitted by the 20 July 2016, 0:00 CET via electronic mail to the address: artmoves(at)

10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September / October 2016 in Torun, Poland. The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 5.000 (about EUR 1 139, USD 1 289).

Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme Under pressure. How to be yourself in the contemporary oppressive world?

This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today. We live under constant pressure: of time, perfection, success, exorbitant requirements. Different pressure groups – politicians, media, corporations, fundamentalists, radicals – exert pressure on us. However, not only they – we also exert pressure on ourselves. Omnipresent pressure and chaos of contradictory messages we receive intensify our fear. Our internal pressure is growing – it tells us to constantly raise the bar, work more and faster, live more intensely. The pressure never stops – we experience it from the cradle to the grave. How to be yourself in such a situation? The advertising message we are bombarded with tells us: be yourself and at the same time be like others and choose this or that product. Is it possible to be yourself and like others at the same time? What does it mean to be yourself? Is it worth being yourself – the only one, unique human being? How to do it in the contemporary oppressive world?


For more information see the Competition Rules.


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