President Piotr ŚliwickiChairman, President of Sopockie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń ERGO Hestia SA
The mastermind behind Hestia Artistic Journey competition. The patron of young artists. The creator of ERGO Hestia insurance brand. For more than 20 years, he has been managing Sopot-based group of ERGO Hestia insurance companies. A graduate of Gdańsk University of Technology and Gdańsk University. A student of Regensburg University. Artistic patronage is a CRS initiative of ERGO Hestia complementing its commitment to Father Józef Tischner Znak and Hestia’s Award.
Agnieszka TarasiukCurator at Xawery Dunikowski Sculpture Museum, a branch of the National Museum in Warsaw
An artist and curator whose initiatives bring together art and social projects. A graduate of the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. For over a decade, she implemented non-standard art projects in Podlasie, creating experimental space for art in such distant places from art centres as villages where state farms once used to thrive. From 2008 until 2011, she was the Director of the Creative Centre in Wigry which during her term became a landmark on the cultural map of Poland. She is now the Chief Curator at Xawerry Dunikowski Sculpture Museum in Królikarnia, a branch of the National Museum in Warsaw.
The curator of the following exhibitions: „Skontrum” (2012, Królikarnia); „Out of This World Figures” (2012, CCA Ujazdowski Castle); Piotr Wysocki’s „Practices” (2013, Królikarnia). The designer of exhibition “Mark Rothko. Paintings from the Collection of the National Gallery in Washington.”
Bogna ŚwiątkowskaThe President of „Bęc Zmiana” Foundation
The founder of New Culture Boom? Change Foundation with whom she rolled out a wide number of interdisciplinary projects, including New Urban Design, Synchronicity, Free Warsaw University, Expectative. Active promoter of young Polish art, architecture and design. The Associate Curator and the Curator of the exhibition staged as part of Synchronicity project in the years 2008-2013 (“Coś które nadchodzi. 21st century architecture”. The Praise of Cities. City promotion by architecture”) plus numerous projects rolled out by Boom! Change Foundation, including The Experiment Shall Not Be Continued (2012), Public Collection of Art of the Capital City of Warsaw (2012). The editor of many publications released by Boom! Change Foundation: “Coś, które nadchodzi. 21st century architecture”, “Experiment. Instruction Manual”, “Reduction. Microspace”, “Praise of Cities”. A member of the Social Board for Culture at Warsaw Town Hall. The founder and the publisher of the national cultural magazine “Notes na 6 tygodni”. Co-founder of experimental humanist magazine “Format P”. Previously, the editor-in-chief of Poland’s premiere pop culture magazine “Machina” (1998-2001). The author of numerous articles, interviews, reports, radio and TV programmes dedicated to contemporary popular culture.
Born in Gdańsk, resides in Warsaw and Esteval, Portugal. A graduate of the Faculty of Architecture at Gdańsk University of Technology and the Faculty of Painting at Gdańsk Academy of Fine Arts. A painter who often resorts to photography and video art. His abstract paintings driven by simple geometrical forms reveal direct inspirations brought by the reality. He usually paints series of works (“Jumps Into the Water”, „Faites vos jeux”, “Arrangements”). In addition to canvass and murals, he creates painting environments which initiate a dialogue with architecture, gallery space, light and his own artworks. In 2002, an artist-in-residence of Chinati Donald Judd Foundation in Marfa, US. His works have been purchased by many private and institutional collections, including the Museum of Art in Łódź.
Paweł SosnowskiCritic, curator, Propaganda Foundation and Gallery
A historian of art and art critic, the author of several dozen TV programmes and documentary features about art, press articles and catalogue entries. For many years, he has been managing his own contemporary art gallery, first called D&S and later renamed to Appendix and Appendix2, currently operating as Propaganda. The curator of numerous solo and collective exhibitions in Poland and abroad. The creator and the organiser of Television Art Film Review, Golden Eagles national advertising festival and the annual government competition “The Patron of Culture”. The Programming Commissioner of “Europalia 2001” Festival. The curator of the exhibition which took place in the Polish pavilion during the 50th International Art Exhibition in Venice. Co-founder and long-term President of the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts, the founder of Propaganda Foundation, a board member of several art foundations.
Michał SuchoraCurator, BWA Gallery Warsaw
A historian of art and sociologist by education. The curator of the educational series Art in Practice implemented for Art Stations Foundation in Poznań, the winner of the 7th edition of the competition for the best curated exhibition of Bielska BWA Gallery in Bielsko-Biała in 2012. As a member of BWA Warsaw-based curator team (Justyna Kowalska, Tomasz Plata, Michał Suchora), he curated "Withered" displayed in Kisterem Gallery, Budapest (2013), "Warsaw. The Day After..", Vartai Gallery, Vilnius (2013), "Aplhaville", Griffin Artspace, Warsaw (2012), “New Order", Art Stations Foundation, Poznań (2012). He is currently working on the first Polish edition of Francesco Bonami’s “Lo potevo far anch'io".
Sebastian CichockiSociologist, curator and art critic
Director of Centre for Contemporary Art Kronika in Bytom till 2008, currently works at the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw. Curator of numerous individual and collective exhibitions, i.a. the exhibition of Monika Sosnowska 1:1 in the Polish Pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale, and of Yael Bartany "... and Europe will be stunned" at the 54th Venice Biennale. Author of numerous critique papers translated to many languages, editor of exhibition catalogues and anthologies. He published in i.a. Cabinet, Artforum, IDEA Arts+Society, Obieg, FUKT, Czas Kultury, Mousse, 2+3D, Magazyn Sztuki, Gazeta Wyborcza, Krytyka Polityczna, Tygodnik Powszechnym. In 2011 he authored a book for children "S.Z.T.U.K.A" illustrated by Aleksandra and Daniel Mizieliński (Dwie Siostry publishing house), containing 51 stories about contemporary art.
Nathalie AnglèsCurator and art critic, director of Residency Unlimited
As a founder of the New York-based arts organization Residency Unlimited (RU) in 2009, Nathalie Anglès has played a pivotal role in developing the international careers of artists and curators. With RU, Nathalie created an innovative model for residency programs shaped differently from the conventional residency format, and based on customization, partnerships and shared resources. Nathalie is a graduate of the École du Magasin (Grenoble,CAC Magasin). Prior to moving to New York in 2000, she worked at 's Sotheby's Impresionnist and Modern Art Department, London, The American Center, Paris, Ecole des Beaux Arts de Paris and Union Centrale des Arts Décoratifs (UCAD) in Paris, From 2000-2008 she worked as director of Location One's International Residency program in New York. In 2008, she was granted the title of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in by the French Government.
Magdalena KąkolewskaPresident of the Hestia Artistic Journey Foundation
President of the Hestia Artistic Journey Foundation. Graduated from the University of Warsaw, Institute of Art History and Faculty of Law. Author of the "Pokuszenia" ("Temptations") exhibition, promoting the winners of the HAJ 2012/2013 edition; "Przez Pryzmat" ("Through the Prism"), an exhibition of the competition winners, hosted in the Palace of Fine Arts in Krakow (March 2014), and of the "Through the Prism. Second Edition." in the Municipal Art Gallery in Poznan. Jury member in the Fresh Art and Beca Grand Tour/Spain competition.
dr Josep SantacreuChairman of DKV Seguros, art collector
The President of Spanish DKV Seguros group, a doctor by education, a patron of the arts. Involved in a number of CSR initiatives, he publicises efforts of the international non-government organisation “Doctors Without Borders”, the President of Spanish “DKV Integralia Foundation” acting for vocational development of the disabled. Under Josep Santacreu’s management, DKV Seguros launched “Arteria DKV” art project whose themes bring together art and health. Since 2008, the partner of Hestia Artistic Journey Competition. Since the beginning of our collaboration, DKV Seguros and ERGO Hestia have been staging exhibitions of winners of the competition in Poland and Spain and rolling out an exchange programme for students of fine arts from both countries.