Competition Announcement Letter

On behalf of the competition creator Skanska and the organizer the Józef Dietl Foundation of Active Citizens (Fundacja Aktywnych Obywateli im. Józefa Dietla) it is my pleasure to invite visual artists (especially street-art artists) to participate in a mural design competition. The competition is open, therefore this invitation applies both to experienced and beginner artists. The winning project will be brought to life on the northern elevation of the Galeria Krakowska shopping centre.

The competition has been developed by Skanska who is currently implementing a complex of office buildings (High5ive) at ul. Pawia, in the direct neighbourhood of Galeria Krakowska. With this investment, a long-term process of revitalisation around the main railroad station in Kraków will be completed. This competition is the first initiative of a planned series, aimed at improving the quality of the public space in this area.

Four years have passed since the last Galeria Krakowska mural competition. As a result, a high quality mural has been developed and since become part of the city landscape. Over the past five years, much has changed in the public perception of murals in general. They are no longer looked at as a surprise novelty but an inextricable part of the city landscape. Participants of this competition are therefore facing an altogether new set of challenges.

When designing the mural, a number of factors need to be taken into account, such as e.g. historic, social and urban context. The final outcome will be influenced by the awareness of the historic fabric of the city and the district where the mural will be installed itself, as well as accurate understanding of the current social dynamics. The shape of the building, its immediate surroundings, spatial relations with other buildings and the showcasing potential of the facade, will also play a part.

The High5ive buildings, Galeria Krakowska and the main railway station, are part of Kraków’s main communication hub, the area where pedestrian traffic intersects with car, tram and railway transport. This means that the winning project will be looked at, on a daily basis, by thousands of passengers, inhabitants and employees of the nearby office complex. Designing a mural that will be attractive for such a large target audience is quite a challenge in its own right.

In our effort to make this task a little easier, we have decided to incorporate references to the Cracovian writer, Stanisław Lem. We hope that the prolific work of this author will become inspiration for participants, both in terms of content and the form of the proposed designs submitted for the competition. The choice of the theme is very much part of the long-term programme aimed at cultivating the memory of this great writer, as developed by the Krakow Festival Office. The culmination of this programme is planned for the approaching 100th birthday anniversary of the author.

Even though Stanisław Lem did not predict all aspects of the future, he had a great instinct for human nature. This is why his books continue to have a fresh and contemporary feel. I wish you and the works you submit for the competition exactly the same qualities.

Artur Wabik
Competition Art Director



Jarosław Szymczak has over 18 years of experience in managing shopping centres. He started work at ECE in 1998, first in Germany, then, since 2000 in Poland, where he prepared the go lives and managed successive projects: Galeria Dominikańska in Wrocław, Galeria Łódzka, and Galeria Krakowska. Between 2007-2015 he was Head of Department in the Shopping Centres Management Division, in addition to Poland, also responsible for Russia, Lithuania, Czech Republic and Slovakia. Before, he worked at companies from the clothing sector. He comes from Łódź and has graduated from the Faculty of Foreign Trade of the University of Łódź.


Visual artist, curator, publicist, pop culture researcher with a passion for street art, author of murals and installations in public space, specialist for visual arts at Arteteka Wojewódzka Biblioteki Publicznej in Kraków. Has cooperated with The Book Institute (Instytut Książki), The Małopolska Institute of Culture (Małopolski Instytut Kultury), The Institute of Urban Development (Instytut Rozwoju Miast), as well as with the MOCAK Museum of Contemporary Art (Muzeum Sztuki Współczesnej MOCAK) in Kraków. He was the art director in a competition for a sculpture design and artistic forms implemented at the Marian Eile Square in Kraków.


Architect, graduate of the Architecture Faculty of the Kraków University of Technology (Wydział Architektury Politechniki Krakowskiej). She has worked as head of project for the last 12 years, also supervising investments on behalf of the investor at commercial development sites (multi-family buildings, hotels, office buildings). For the last 4 years, at Skanska Property Poland. Passions: photography, gardening.


Born in 1978 in Gdynia. Graduated in 2004 at the Graphics Faculty of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. From 2008 to 2014, assistant at the renowned painting studio of prof. Jerzy Ostrogórski, at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. In the years 2010-2013, he led the graphic design studios of the Faculty of Sculpture, at the Intermedia Chair of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. In 2013, he defended his Ph.D. thesis at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. From 2015, Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Painting and New Media of the Academy of Art in Szczecin, where, within the Painting Faculty, he supervises the Studio of Painting and Street Art. An outdoor painter, graphic designer, illustrator, mainly uses the template technique, author of installations, curator and traveler. He is the author of several hundred murals, as part of the “m-city” project, has participated in several dozen collective exhibitions and more than ten individual exhibitions in 40 countries. He’s the curator of the 238-504 billboard gallery in Gdynia. He’s one of the three curators of the series of exhibitions presenting Polish street art. From the very beginning of his work he is fascinated with the city and the art of the city. His work covers both small poster forms and large-format murals, often exceeding several hundred square meters.


Holds a PhD in fine arts, a graphic arts artist, applied graphic designer. Graduated from the Department of Graphic Arts at the Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków and Art History at the Jagiellonian University. She was awarded a scholarship by the Minister of Culture and Art, winner of prizes and distinctions in graphic competitions, among others, the Nicoals Schöffer Award in Budapest, as well as awards and distinctions in the Best Graphic Design of the Month Contest in Kraków.

Her works have been exhibited at numerous exhibitions in Poland and abroad, such as: International Print Triennial Krakow-Oldenburg-Vienna (2007), Grand Prix of Young Polish Graphic Design (2009, 2012, 2015), Biennale of Young Art "Rybie Oko" (2008) International Electrographic Art Exhibitions of Small Forms in Budapest (2010, 2013), 8th Polish Graphics Triennial (2012), International Print Triennial Krakow-Istanbul (2013). Member of the Graphics Triennial Association in Kraków and the Association of Artists in Kraków. Since 2013, she he has performed the function of the City Art Consultant in Kraków.


Visual artist, designer, author of multimedia projects, films and spatial installations. She has held many exhibitions and participated in festivals in Poland and abroad, including London, Tel Aviv, Lahti, Moscow, Zagreb, Strasburg, Prague, Dusseldorf, Cologne, Hamburg, Berlin and Perth. She has developed the visual identification system of a famous “Stanley Kubrick” exhibition at the National Museum in Kraków. As part of the “Bella Skyway” festival, she created the “Waterfall” installation (“Wodospad”) for Toruń, and the “Between the door” (“Między drzewami”) and “The Temptation” ("Kuszenie") installations for the Museum in Sosnowiec. Her project “The Breathing Building” (“Oddychający budynek”) as well as her seating installations “Sweet Kato” (“Słodkie Kato”) were designed as part of the TAKK! initiative (developed by Katowice to commemorate the Polish presidency in the EU). Matylda Sałajewska is also the author of the advertising spot of the European Congress of Culture in Wrocław. She is the curator of the Katowice Street Art AiR and “Visions” (“Festiwal Wizje”) a festival for arts in public spaces, organised in Toruń.


Graduate of the Faculties of Polish Studies and Sociology at the Jagiellonian University and Universitè d’Aix Marseille in Aix-en-Provence; he also completed the cultural diplomacy programme at Collegium Civitas in Warsaw and is the scholarship holder of the “Promoting Social Change through Arts” programme, awarded by the US Department of State. He is one of the founders and first directors of the Pro Musica Mundi Association, and Laureate of the Order of the Arts and Literature of the French Republic, as well as the Cracovian of the Year (2013 poll organized by “Dziennik Polski”). He manages the programming division of the Kraków Festival Office, in charge of the city’s cultural policy; he coordinates, among others, Kraków’s flagship festivals, such as Misteria Paschalia, Opera Rara, Sacrum Profanum, Off Camera, Boska Komedia, the literary festivals of Miłosz and Conrad. He is the Art Director and Coordinator of Kraków’s Film Music Festival – the biggest and the most acclaimed festival of this genre in the world. He is responsible for the integration and the communication of activities undertaken by local-government and NGO entities, both in Poland and abroad. He co-created Kraków’s application to the Network of Creative Cities. He is also the coordinator of the Kraków City of Literature Programme (UNESCO), inspired the initiative to streamline the network of city libraries and one of the initiators of the idea to make Kraków part of the International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN).


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