Billboard Art Competition Art Moves 2024

Check up for this year’s topic! To become dependent or independent? To swim with or against the tide?


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 24 July 2024, 0:00 CET via electronic mail to the address: artmoves(at)

6 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September 2024 in Torun, Poland. The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 4000 (about EUR 918,00 USD 981,20).

Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme: To become dependent or independent? To swim with or against the tide?

This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today. Every time has its challenges and it is impossible to escape them. Despite the fact that we as humanity in many respects solved a range of different problems faced by our ancestors, with the development of civilisation and technology they have been replaced with new challenges that we must face. Since a large part of global society is not able to cope with their own fears and dark thoughts, how can we cope with these new challenges? Instead of taking the bull by the horn and making a real effort to find creative solutions, we often prefer someone else to resolve the problems. Instead of making decisions for ourselves, we prefer other people to make decisions for us, instead of acting, we escape, instead of swimming against the tide, we swim with the tide. How can we break this deadlock, give up pessimism and malaise, and find the courage and energy within us (and our communities) to take action and build a more positive reality? How can we regain self-agency and stop believing that only artificial intelligence, governments or other people are able to resolve our problems? How can we stop resorting to various kinds of addictions: social media, technologies or psychoactive substances? How can we regain independent and critical thinking, as well as the will to make decisions about our own life and the shape of reality? How can we stop escaping and face up to reality? How can we avoid being dependent? How can we become independent and self-manageable? How can we create a common better future on our Planet?

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