vzw. International humour in art with with their partners Boechout Municipality, Boechout Cultural Council, DF-Boechout-Vremde and with the cooperation of the Muzeum Kolejnictwa in Warschau (Poland) are pleased to announce their :
12th INTERNATIONAL GEORGE VAN RAEMDONCKCARTOONCONTEST OF BOECHOUT BELGIUM.
1. Subject:'TRAINS AND STATIONS'
2. Deadline: 15th June 2011
1st prize: 2000 € Special Prize Museum Kolejnictwa Warszawa
2nd prize: 1500 € Prize George van Raemdonck - Boechout Municipality
3rd prize: 750 € Cultural Council
4th prize: 500 € ZEPPO
5th prize: 250 € IHA
6th prize: 150 € DF-Boechout-Vremde
.... other prizes possible, they will be announced on the website ....
Initially each participant can send before 15.06.2011, at most 10 works in digital form via Internet to the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org The author must indicate in his e-mail the following information: his first name, last name, his complete address, his e-mail address, his phone number, his birth date, the category and the title or the number of each work. The characteristics of these electronic sending are as follows: format JPEG, good quality and max. 500 KB per picture. The organizers agree the sending of originals by post for those who do not have a computer.
Out of these e-mails the jury will make a selection of 100-150 drawings and will request from the authors of these works the sending by mail of the originals for the choice of the prizes and the publication in the
catalogue. All these originals will be shown in the exhibition and in the catalogue. Their size will be DIN A4 (210x297mm), good quality paper, not folded and without a passe-partout.
On the back side of every work must be clearly mentioned the first name, last name, complete address, e-mail address, phone number, birth date of the author, the category as well as the title or the number of the work. This deadline is 31st of July 2011.
Free, black and white or in color, without subtitles. The organizers prefer classic cartoon artwork but digitally created works are accepted but will not be send back. They must be signed by their creator on the back side and be numbered by 1/1. Photos and copies of original works will be eliminated.
The award ceremony will be held on Friday the 30th of September 2011 in Theater Boechout Vooruit, St.-Bavoplein 17, Boechout were also the exhibition will take place in the Foyer from the 1st of October until the 30th of October 2011 during the events in the Theater (see: www.Boechout.be ) and also specially on Tuesday the 4th of October (Annual Market Day and Boechout Fair) from 10 until 17 u. and on Sunday the 30th of October 2011 from 13 until 17 h.
It’s foreseen to show the works in the Muzeum Kolejnictwa In Warschau Poland (opening ceremony on Friday the 18th of November 2011) and in other cities and countries.
After these exhibitions the originals will be returned to their authors except the works selected for one of the prizes. The awarded works will become property of the organizer. The organizer cannot be held responsible for the loss or damage of the return postage.
The authors whose works will be selected for the exhibition will receive a free catalogue by mail together with his work(s). Prize winners will get their catalogue during the award ceremony.
The publication of the results will be done on the website www.iha.be after 30th of September 2011. The award winners selected by the jury will be personally informed by e-mail or by phone. The final decisions of the jury, which will meet on the 6th of August 2011, are incontestable.
The selected participants allow the organizers to use their works only for promoting the author, as well as the event. All other copyright remains property of the author.
The works should not have been awarded before. By taking part to this contest the participants agree to the abovementioned rules.
12. Address to send the originals to:
Culturele dienst gemeente BOECHOUT
George van Raemdonck Kartoenale
Jef van Hoofplein 20
13. Further information:
Ronald Vanoystaeyen (email@example.com - Phone: 32.(0)3.455.58.44)
Cultuur Dienst Boechout (firstname.lastname@example.org phone:32.(0)3.460.06.84)
On May 5th 1835 the first Railway Line was introduced in Belgium. The first 3 trains, “De Pijl” (the arrow), “De Stephenson” and “De Olifant”(the Elephant) got on track between Brussels and Mechelen under mass interest. Therefore Belgium was the first country on the European Mainland to build a railway &and introduced in 1892 the international standard-time, the so called Greenwich Mean Time or Rail Time. Thanks to the train it was noon at the same time throughout Belgium.
Between the charming chugging steam trains and the flashing high speed trains one can spot enormous progress and renewal. Elsewhere on the track one will discover a whole world of travellers and railway workers, machinist and conductors, porters and signalmen.
More than 175 years of trains automatically left( there traces. In language one discovers new proverbs and sayings such as :”you’re a cross-beam” and “You’re on a& dead track”. Also in art one starts to spot trains in several paintings by Paul Delvaux. The train reaches everybody ‘s imagination because of it’s speed, it’s power and it’s mystery. This resulted in names such as “Flying Scotsman”. The more luxurious trains e.g. the “Blue Train” and the “Orient-Express” were food for fantasy. The Orient-Express was realized by the Belgian George Nagelmackers who mad international traveling in Europe possible. The Orient-Express played an important role in transporting state heads, diplomats and spies (accompanied by artists and other bohemians) to various European Capitals. This political context and the adventure of an uncertain trip brought fame and glory to the trains. Famous novels such as Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient-Express”, Ian Fleming’s “From Russia with love”, Graham Green’s “Stamboul Train” and various films mad the train even more popular.
Often it is not only the train but also the railway lines that become notorious because of their locations, length or difficult route. Many constructions such as buildings, tunnels and bridges along the stretch express the importance (Bernina Railway Line, Trans-Siberian Railway Line, Darjeeling Railway Line, Transcontinental Railroad, Panama Railroad). This is why some of them have been listed in the World Heritage of Unesco.
In Belgian we have lines like the “Iron Rhine” running from the port of Antwerp straight through Boechout on to the German Industrial Ruhr region. The old warehouse at the train station of Boechout is momentary a “Café
“(pub). The old station itself (type 1893) is now desolate and awaits a new purpose. The whole neighbourhood around the station of Boechout is scheduled to be redeveloped in the near future. In the past stations often obtained a bad reputation and attracted unwanted figures who made living there unattractive. Many cities and communities are catching up to re-establish these sites. Antwerp and Luik
(Liège) have two magnificent examples of station renovation. Both are listed in the top ten of the world by the magazine ‘Railway Terminal World’. On ‘Stedentripper.com’ the Central Station of Antwerp was elected the most beautiful station of Europe.
Stations have become the center of activity and social life again. A place to meet. Stations and trains are a matter of motion.
Text: Timothy Vanoystaeyen.