Art prize: winners announced

In February 2021, the British Council and Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Poland announced a competition for disabled artists who, due to barriers which exist in the cultural sector, have limited opportunities to participate in the mainstream and circulation of art.

We were delighted with 82 works being submitted, spanning video art, performance, visual art, sculpture, and sound works.

The three winning artists and their artworks are:

  • Jackpot by Nadia Markiewicz
  • Historyjki o Jedynce by Aleksandra Rogala
  • Rezonans Kontrastu by Katarzyna Żeglicka
A film still from Nadia Markiewicz ‘Jackpot’, author of documentation Bartosz Zalewski
Aleksandra Rogala ‘Historyjki o Jedynce’ – ‘Wydawnictwo: Fundacja Solaris’
A film still from Katarzyna Żeglicka ‘Rezonans kontrastu’, video registration by Sylwester Grygielski

Given the high quality of received entries, the judging committee decided to give three additional honourable mentions:

  • Pociągi by Piotr Drożdżak
  • Burundyjczyk by Tomasz Grabowski
  • Mam Prawo by Maja Kowalczyk
Pociągi by Piotr Drożdżak
A film still from Burundyjczyk by Tomasz Grabowski
A film still from Maja Kowalczyk ‘Mam prawo’, video registration by Tomasz Michalczewski

The judging committee comprised of: Ewa Ayton, Katee Woods, Aidan Moesby, Hanna Wróblewska, Paulina Celińska, Daniel Kotowski.

The judging committee and organisers would like to emphasise the fact that the submitted artworks were diverse, and it was truly a challenge to select winners from the innovative entries we received. Collectively, this committee would like to extend our thanks to everyone who submitted works and to congratulate the participating artists on their talent, passion and creativity.

The competition was inspired by Europe Beyond Access in which the British Council is a lead partner along with six other arts institutions across Europe.

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