_Wrzesień 2019

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_Buy Yourself Wyspa!


The Wyspa Institute of Art public fundraising campaign

We are raising funds to buy the building we are renting in order to continue and further develop our activities. We will not be able to raise the required quota by ourselves in such a short time but the task is achievable given our commitment together. Everyone can influence the further existence of Wyspa in the former Shipyard area.

Since 2004 we have been in the grounds of the former Gdańsk Shipyard, and since 2007 we have been renting the building from the current owner, the BPTO. The moment is propitious for us to buy the building at a preferential price. However we can only do this within a very short time. Wyspa enjoys a good reputation thanks to the artistic activities, which create a dialogue between the fields of art and political reflection. Such exhibitions as “BHP” [“Health and Safety at Work”] in 2004, “Dockwatchers” in 2005 or “Ewa Partum: the Legality of Space” in 2006 have already written themselves into the history of important exhibitions of contemporary art and have defined the profile of the Institute’s activity. In 2010, Wyspa initiated the two-year-long International Art Festival – Alternativa, which is opening new perspectives on the cultural map of Gdańsk, and we are also supporting Gdańsk’s candidacy for the European Capital of Culture 2016.

In the course of our seven-year-long activity on the grounds of the former Shipyard area, we have put a great deal of energy into improving the condition of the building. That’s why we are so connected with this area. That’s why we would like to stay here.

The environment of the former Shipyard area, so full of historical and social emotions, has inspired artists for years. Wyspa, apart from its exhibitions, discussions and workshops, is conducting an international residency programme, a multi-media archive and a bookshop. Our research activities into issues of contemporary artistic culture are also geared towards cooperation with local inhabitants, who, like Wyspa, constitute part of the community in the district of Młode Miasto [the Young City]. The new district should have its own places of culture. Wyspa has been recognised and praised, not only in Poland but also in the international arena, which has helped to build the positive image of Gdańsk as a vibrant centre of contemporary art. That’s why we need your help!

The Wyspa Institute of Art public collection is being conducted with the agreement of the Ministry for Internal Affairs and Administration and with the understanding of the owner of the building, the BPTO.

Special bank account number for the public collection:
PL 26 1020 1811 0000 0402 0156 1414
Bank PKO BP SA III O/Gdańsk

Bank transfer details:
Fundacja Wyspa Progress
ul. Doki 1 budynek 145B
80-958 Gdańsk


We will keep you up to date on the subject of how the collection is going on our website. People and organisations that wish to be named among the acknowledgements on our website are asked to confirm this fact by sending an email to ola.grzonkowska@wyspa.art.pl stating your full name or the name of the company together with attached proof of payment.

Wyspa Institute of Art, photo by Michał Szlaga http://szlaga.com/