17.12 — 30.12 2020
Street Exhibition (R. Igreja de Cedofeita)

gARTen is a garden of art. It is an original project created by Barbara El / Leszczyńska and performed by five artists connected with Dyfuzja Scientific Club of Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Poland. The project will be exhibited in three countries. It is set to give a message in reference to the current state of all-over-the-world pandemic and lockdowns of different levels.

This is the message to the people affected by the pandemic, from the artists creating in times of pandemic. Through the message we, the artists, share feelings and emotions. gARTen is a garden of art, therefore it will be prepared to be seen as an open-air exhibition. Five Polish artists, painters and printmakers, will be exhibiting works that are in dialogue with the current state of being.

The exhibition will take place simultaneously in three cities: Bern (Switzerland), Porto (Portugal), and Valencia (Spain).
Exhibiting artists: Weronika Grześ, Anna Jakubowska, Alicja Kostrzyńska, Barbara Leszczyńska and Olga Wardęga.
The reproductions of works will be followed by QR codes which will lead the viewer to the author’s work description.

Project funded by Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk, Dyfuzja Scientific Club with help of the Hochschule der Künste in Bern.


Barbara Leszczyńska
Polish graphic artist. Currently PhD student at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. Master degree at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk in 2017, with diploma in Linocut Studio, under supervision of prof. Janusz Akermann, annex in Lithography Studio, supervised by prof. Zbigniew Gorlak. Her works have been exhibited in many exhibitions (Hong Kong, France, Italy, Portugal, Spain, Scotland; Polish Print Triennial, Katowice 2018, 10. International Biennial of Miniature Art 2018, Pfolzheim, Germany, XI Biennale of Student Graphic Art, Poznan, Poland, 2019 and others), among which nine were individual, including two individual exhibitions hosted abroad (Italy 2016, France 2017). One of her intaglio prints is a part of the collection of China Printmaking Museum in Shenzhen. In 2020 honoured with the Cultural Prize of her hometown Gdynia, awarded to her by the President of Gdynia, Poland, for artistic creation and social projects. In 2020 her original project “Diaries from the quarantine” was granted a three-month scholarship from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage of Poland. In 2019 nominated for the prize in XII Polish Linocut and Woodcut Quadrennial, Poland. In 2017r. she was selected to and completed the six-weeks Art Residency for Polish Graphic Artists, organised by Petites Cités de Caractère® de Bretagne. Creates mostly in printmaking techniques and illustration drawing. Nature is one of her sources of inspiration.

Olga Wardęga
Polish visual artist. She studies Painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She is currently in the 4th year. She loves colors, shadows and light, her art is inspired by travels,
people and different founded structures. Her main medium is drawing, painting, and video. She attends in different exchanges and exhibition, like studying at Ecole Superieure d’art and de design in Marseille, France, 2019, residence in Art-Village Vitland in Bałtyjsk, Russia, 2018, collective exhibition ,,Who is Olga?” in Atelier Hyph, Marseille, France, 2019, collective exhibition during festival ,,Lanzarote Art Festival”, Canary Islands, 2019, internship and individual exhibition in OKNA – Espaco Cultural, Porto, Portugal 2020, collective exhibition during III International Student’s Drawing Triennial, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland 2020.

Wera Grześ
Wera Grzes was born in 1996 in Poznan. She graduated Art Education with the specialization of Cultural Animation at Academy of Fine Arts in Gdansk. In 2019 she received her Bachelor diploma in the Silk Painting’s Workshop of Dr. hab. Dora Hara-Antoszkiewicz. She continues her studies at the painting department at the same academy. At the moment she participates in Swiss exchange of students programme at Hochschule der Künste in Bern, Switzerland at faculty Contemporary Art Practise. She is fascinated by colours. For this reason she describes herself like a painter. In painting she explores the alchemy of colours and lines. With a sketchbook in her pocket, she celebrates life during travels: big ones to discover land from One thousand and one nights or this small one, just around the corner of the house, where she lives. Now she explores the value of faces’ metamorphosis while wandering in screen reality.

Anna Jakubowska
Anna Jakubowska was born in 1997 in Płock, Poland. In 2016-2019, she studied graphics at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She completed her bachelor’s degree under the supervision of prof. J. Akermann (2019). Since 2017, she has been studying painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She lives and works in Gdańsk. She mainly works with painting, linocut, graphic design and mural.
— Alicja Kostrzyńska —
She was born in 1993 in Elbląg, Poland. She finished High School in Gronowo Górne, Poland. Alicja studies painting in the Academy of Fine Arts in Gdańsk. She took part in different exhibitions, like Really Young Painting, GTPS, Gdańsk, Poland, 2017, III International Student’s Drawing Triennial, Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, Poland 2020.