2nd Biennial of Small Graphic Forms „Between black and white…” (Rybnik, Poland)

Youth Culture House in Rybnik (Poland) invites everyone to enter the 2nd International Biennial of Small Graphic Forms „Between black and white…”.

This  year’s subtitle “Elves, gnomes, and fairies, which are good spirits”

The term of works submission is over


Youth Culture House in Rybnik.


  • inspire to your own creative work;
  • forming and developing interest in less known art techniques;
  • cultivate technical skills in the realm of graphic art;
  • creating possibility to present the work of talented youth.


The main title of the competition „Between black and white…” opens not only traditional palette of grey in graphics, but all the possible combination of colors which can enrich the prints by series of matrices and multiple imprints. Therefore no color is not a barrier, but using it must correspond to the  subject, mood,  expression,  and  many  others  important  aspects  of  your  work.  This  year’s subtitle “Elves, gnomes, and fairies, which are good spirits” should lead you into the world of fairy tales,  legends,  local  tales,  fantastic  beliefs  and  stories…  In  folklore  dwarfs,  household  deities, gnomes are small little creatures, fairies that protects and care for house. During the daytime they were hiding under thresholds, behind stoves, in mouseholes, or in recesses of the forge or stable.  At night, when the residents were sleeping, they came out of their lodge and before the crowing of the  cock  they  were  strolling  around  the  house,  finishing  interrupted  housework  and  they  were guarding and protecting kids  by evil spirits. Fairies are creatures which recall women or angles. They have power to magic. Although elves were minor gods of nature and fertility but later they were presented as pixies, forest or water fairies. In folklore they are pictured as small, youthful-looking people of great beauty which were living in forests, springs, well, and even underground. It was believed that they were long-lived, even immortal, and had various magical powers…
Now wake up your imagination, return to dreams and fantasies you had in childhood and create incredible work with great and beauty characters and also magical atmosphere!

traditional  techniques  of  convex,  concave  and  flat  printing,  as  woodcut,  linocut,  plasterprint, colography,  copperplate,  drypoint,  aquaforte,  aquatint,  mezzotint,  soft  varnish,  lithography, monotype and mixed techniques.

PARTICIPANT'S AGE: 12 – 25 y. o. in three age groups: 12-15 y. o.,  16-19 y. o.,  20-25 y. o.

WORK SIZE: max 15 x 21 cm (size of the print)
Please do not mount the work in passe partout!

AMOUNT  OF  WORKS: each  individual  participant  of  the  competition  may  send  max  3  works, although schools/workshops/studios/institutions may send max 20 works.

DESCRIPTION  OF  THE  WORK: with  big  letters  according  to  registration  form  which  you  may find/download on the page of the organizer: www.mdk.rybnik.pl. 
In addition to the file/package with graphics the sender should add list with surnames and titles of the authors and titles of the sent works.

DEADLINE: March 31st, 2017

Młodzieżowy Dom Kultury
Pracownia Plastyczna „GiR-a”,
st. Władysława Broniewskiego 23
44-217 Rybnik

The ceremony and the exhibition will take place in may 2017. All the authors of the awarded works will be informed by e-mail or telephone by the organizer. The proceedings of the jury meeting will be also available on www.mdk.rybnik.pl.

Works made-up with other techniques which go beyond the graphic art, wrong packed, damage during transport, or incorrect described - are not going to be judge by the jury! All the works submitted for the competition will not be returned to their authors, they will remain the property of organizers, who reserve the right to publish them.

Entry in the competition is synonymous with the acceptance of the competition regulations, as well as agreement for processing personal data for organizational and promotional purposes.

Coordinator of the competition: Milada Więckowska 
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MDK telephone number : 32 4215155
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