Polish, the word ŁÓDŹ means a
vehicle propelled by sails, oars or engine, used as a means of water
transport. Almost all around the world, it carries symbolic
is an allegory of human fate in both individual and collective
is associated with courage, when imagining sailors embarking on
a voyage across rough oceans,
symbolizes human longing for adventure and some change in life.
is also the name of the second largest city in Poland, which is an
inland city with no access to navigable waters. We hope that the
name of our metropolis will become an inspiration for graphic
artists, especially those with a flair for satire. The theme should
be taken up with humour, with panache and perhaps with a bit of
poetry... This explanation, indispensable to foreigners, is also
aimed at the Poles, for whom the popular usage of the name of the
city might have blurred the sharpness of its paradox.
urbanized area on the surface of the Earth is getting so crowded
that there is no place left for new ideas for activating citizens or
for the creativity of the local governments. More and more of the
city’s functions are moved underground: transport and car parks,
commerce, recreation... this tendency into the ground has been
already foreseen by numerous cities’ strategies. Before these
plans can be implemented though, many cities worldwide already push
their citizens underground, in literal and allegoric sense. Hence
the inspiration for the theme of this year’s edition of the
completion: The city getting underground. Willingly or not...
aim of the contest is:
the city, changing the traditional perception of Łódź
and challenging the stereotypical image of the city.
an art gallery comprising works that could be used in
actions promoting the city in a printed form or in the form
of organized exhibitions.
is an open contest. Everyone can participate in it, on condition
that they submit their works with the application form before
the regulatory deadline. The contest is an international event.
theme the fifth Big Boat of Humour contest is:
CITY GETTING UNDEGROUND
city of ŁÓDŹ
original works entering the contest can be made using any
drawing, graphic (including computer graphics) or painting
technique and should not be larger than A3 format (297x420 mm).
Also copies issued by the author, described and signed by the
author are accepted by the Jury as original graphic works.
Photocopies and xerox copies of the works, computer printouts of
scanned works or any other kind of duplication using multicopy
techniques, for example offset printing, which serve as
reproductions of a work, shall not be accepted by the Jury.
Previously published works, works entered in other contests or
works to which rights do not belong to the authors shall also be
excluded from the contest.
participant may submit up to 5 works. The works should be
unframed, provided with the name and the surname of the author
and possibly the title on the reverse. The works should be
accompanied with an application form, which shall be tantamount
to the acceptation of the contest regulations and a permission
for publishing author's personal data contained in the form, and
with a CD with the electronic form of submitted works (in TIFF
format, the resolution of 300 dpi, 15 cm at the base), which is
the condition of placing them in the catalogue.
works should be sent to the following address: Łódzki Dom
Kultury (Łódź Cultural Center), Traugutta 18, 90-113
Łódź, Poland till 31 August 2011 (with a note on an
envelope "The Big Boat of Humour 2011").
organizers are not liable for any damage to the works during
Jury shall choose works for the post-contest exhibition and hand
out the Grand Prix of the contest in September 2011.
ceremonial opening of the post-contest exhibition and the
verdict announcement shall take place in October 2011, during
the 22nd International Festival of Comics and Games in Łódź.
authors of works admitted to the contest shall be invited to the
ceremonial opening of the exhibition and shall receive the
catalogue. The organizers do not provide the return of expenses
covering transport to Łódź and stay in the city. The
organizers plan the exhibition of the original works admitted to
the contest and the exhibition of printouts (on the basis of the
submitted CDs) in Piotrkowska Street in the centre of the city.
works that shall not be admitted to the contest as well as the
works shown on the exhibition should be taken back from the
organizers from December 31, 2011 or they shall be sent back at
the author's expense.
works shall be judged by the Jury of the Contest consisting of
professional artists, the representatives of the City of Łódź
Office and the Organizers of the contest.
Jury shall hand out the regulatory Grand Prix of the contest
amounting to PLN 10,000, funded by the President of the City of
Łódź. The prize is indivisible. The Jury reserves the
right to resign from handing out the award. In such case, the
amount is added to the pool of prizes of the next edition of the
contest. The decisions of the Jury are definitive without the
right to appeal. The work (or works of one author) honoured with
the prize, together with all the rights, become the property of
organizers allow for a possibility of handing out sponsored
awards other than the regulatory prize. Works awarded by the
sponsors, with all the rights, shall become the property of the
author hereby states that the Works made for the purpose of this
competition, that is in the frames of this contract, will be the
object of the exclusive copyright belonging to the author.
author transfers all the rights exclusively to the City for the
time of usage and management of the works made by the Author, in
the frame of the contract, especially reports, research, slogans,
timetables etc. The transfer of rights is giving the City the
right to change, fix, copy with any given technique, put into
circulation, digitalize, put on the Internet, publicly perform
or reproduce, exhibit, use in editorial materials, including
promotional, informational and educational materials, to use the
work partially or as a whole, blend it with other works, add
elements, update, modify, translate into given languages, change
in size as a whole or partially, publicize and spread as a whole
author transfers also the ownership of the carriers, on which
the works are presented, to the City.
rights resulting from point 2, will be transferred properly and
the Author is responsible for the violation of the rights of
third parties that may emerge from exploitation of the works.
works to the contest together with a filled-in application form,
equals giving consent to participation in the post-contest
exhibition (or a series of exhibitions), free reproductions of
the works in all media and all techniques as far as promoting
the contest and the exhibition is concerned. Works without the
author’s signature will be excluded from the competition.
in the contest means accepting the above rules.
(pdf, 217 kB)
form (pdf, 252 kB),
which should be printed, filled in and sent together with the work(s)
submitted for the competition