200 artists, diverse wealth of work, four exhibitions in the town’s largest galleries, numerous events accompanying the festival: exhibitions ... above sea level, open studios, art workshops and panel discussions.
It is the fourth time that Galeria Bielska BWA, the Historical Museum in Bielsko-Biała, the Photographic Centre Foundation and the Association of Polish Visual Artists in the District of Bielsko-Biała have co-organized the Festival of Visual Arts in Bielsko-Biała. The event provides a broad review of artistic creativity in Bielsko-Biała and the region *.
The Festival work is presented in Galeria Bielska BWA, the B & B Photographic Gallery, the PPP Gallery, and the 'Old Factory' Historical Museum, as well as in other venues willing to display various aspects of creative work, including Gospoda Dębowiec at the foot of Mount Dębowiec, and Stara Stacja in the upper station of the cable car lift to Szyndzielnia. For the first time in the history of the festival, the artists themselves have invited visitors to their studios, not only to present their achievements, but also to expose them to the artistic atmosphere of these places. A group of street artists from Bielsko-Biała and other Polish cities are bound to send electric vibes with their Graffiti Jam scheduled for the end of July.
The festival is held under the auspices of the Mayor of the City of Bielsko-Biała Jacek Krywult.
This year, the festival gathers 200 artists from Bielsko-Biała and the region, representing all genres of art. Traditionally, the most dominant field is painting, which is quite understandable for a city hosting the Painting Biennale “Bielska Jesień” for half a century, but there is an enormous variety on offer. In addition to painting on canvas or paper, the festival features installations with the use of glass or enamel on tinplate, drawings, computer graphics, wood sculptures, ceramics, casts, conceptual works combining objects with words or films, etc. There are classic photographs and various experimental works, including attempts to transfer flat photograph into three dimensional work. Also on offer are works of design and applied arts, such as ceramics, fabrics, clothing, furniture and lamp design. Other attractions include a number of ephemeral installations in public spaces and a performance. Representatives of the young generation make their voice heard by the use of new technologies, such as interactive apps or video.
Agata Smalcerz, curator of the festival
Friday, 29 June 2018:
- Stara Fabryka, Friday, 6 p.m.:
Agnieszka Gołaszewska, Mikołaj Czechowski - Metazone Travel, performance
- ul. 11 Listopada, at the corner of ul. Barlickiego, 7.30 p.m.:
Krzysztof Krzysztof – You’ve got what you want, performance
- Galeria ToTu - ul. Wzgórze 2, at 9 p.m. – vernissage:
Four Views: Grzegorz Bury, Tomasz Grunt, Krzysztof Krzysztof, Marek Wrona
Saturday, 7 July
- Mount Szyndzielnia, upper cable car stadion, Stara Stacja, 2 p.m.: Beskidzkie Towarzystwo Fotograficzne - BTF 2017, vernissage
- Dębowiec, Gospoda na Dębowcu, 5 p.m.: Beata Bojda - Ethno, vernissage
Friday, 13 July, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, 14 July, 10 a.m . – 4 p.m.
Art Ceramic Studio Keramos Remigiusz Gryt, Tamara Berdowska i Leszek Oprządek’s Studio, Izabela Ewa Ołdak’s Owl Studio, Galeria Foto-Bo
Friday, 3 August, 6 p.m., Galeria Bielska BWA
- Regional Artists and their Attitudes towards Reality – panel discussion with the artist participating in the festival
- Catalogue of the 4th Festival of Visual Arts 2018 – meeting with the artist participating in the festival and authors of the catalogue, promotion of the publication
September 2018, railway bridge over ulica PCK
* The artists participating in the festival live or work in Bielsko-Biała, in the District of Bielsko-Biała, and in the area of the former Province of Bielsko-Biała (near Cieszyn, Żywiec, Oświęcim, Wadowice and Sucha Beskidzka).