Billboard Art Competition Art Moves: Can Money Buy Everything?

Deadline: 22 July 2015
Open to: all artists worldwide interested in billboard art
Prizes: the Main Award in the amount of PLN 5,000 (approximately EUR 1,236)


Now in its 8th year, the Art Moves International Festival of Art on Billboards has opened the competition for 2015, inviting all artists interested in billboard art to take part. The purpose of the Competition is to propagate and popularize billboard art and to encourage artists to create art engaged in the reality. Artists are invited to prepare an artwork in response to this year’s competition theme: What has real value? Can money buy everything?

This competition slogan can be treated as a metaphor of all the processes taking place in the world today. What has value in the modern world? Which gives meaning to human existence – values or money? Can love, freedom, truth, beauty be bought? Is money an end in itself or a means to an end? What’s the point of having money if it, not we, starts dominating in the modern world? Is the world, whose guiding principle is to maximise profits, able to survive? And even so, will there be people – feeling creatures who think? Could we start viewing money as a tool that helps humanity develop and not as a superior value that organises the modern reality? What would we want the modern, better and more sensibly organised world look like? What goals and values should we put into practice so that humanity does not die under pressure of social inequalities, nationalism or ethnic and religious conflicts?


The Competition is open and all artists interested in billboard art are invited to take part, however, the Competition is particularly addressed to young artists, who are usually most eager to face new themes and untypical ways of art presentation. Both individual artists and groups of artists can participate in the competition.


10 most interesting works will be displayed on billboards in the city space during the Art Moves Festival in September / October 2015 in Torun, Poland. The author of the most interesting work will receive the Main Award in the amount of PLN 5.000 (about EUR 1 236, USD 1 377).

How to apply?

The deadline for application is 22 July 2015. There is no entry fee. The works should be submitted via electronic mail to the address: [email protected] The format of the competition work should be 498 cm x 243 cm (196 inches x 95.7 inches) in a horizontal layout, 100 dpi, cmyk, tiff. In order to take part in the Competition, the artist has to send a completed entry form and attach a preview of the submitted work in the following format: 30 cm x 14,6 cm (11,8 inches x 5,7 inches) in a horizontal layout, 72 dpi, jpg. Each jpg file should be named with the artist’s first and last name. If more works are submitted, use numbers 1 to 3 in addition to the first and last name e.g. adam_smith_1, adam_smith_2, adam_smith_3. IMPORTANT NOTE: At this point of the competition, do NOT attach files of the complete (heavy) works.

The Competition organizers will contact the selected artists after the announcement of the jury’s verdict in order to receive the final works to be printed off and displayed on the billboards. In case of participation of groups, following data should be included on the application card: names and surnames of ALL the authors of the work and contact details of ONLY one person who will be representing a group in contacts with the organizers of the competition.

For more information please check the official website or Competition Rules.

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