25 finalists in the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition



The finalists of the 17th edition of the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition have been announced. The competition jury selected 25 young artists from across Poland in recognition of their artworks and creative approaches. This concluded the first part of the competition. The second part is going to take place on 25 June in the Museum on the Vistula – a branch of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw – where the names of the winners will be announced during the vernissage of the exhibition presenting the finalists’ artworks.

The jury only made their final choice after reviewing all submissions. This year, as many as 395 young artists from across the country accepted the invitation to enter the world of art. They included year 4 and year 5 students taking degree programmes within the field of fine arts at schools of higher education in Poland.

In the works entered for the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition, the finalists explore a wide variety of media and make use of a broad range of social and artistic references, in a way representing the views, experiences and attitudes of contemporary young people. In this sense, they offer an overview of the artistic production of the youngest generation, providing the context for the final exhibition which is going to open officially at the Museum on the Vistula on 25 June. Traditionally, the names of the competition winners will be announced during the event.


The finalists of the 17th edition of the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition (in the alphabetical order) include:

Bruno Althamer, Adelina Cimochowicz, Jakub Danilewicz, Przemysław Garczyński, Zuzanna Grochowska, Barbara Gryka, Marcin Janusz, Katarzyna Kalinowska, Hanna Kaszewska, Klaudia Krynicka, Zuzanna Kryńska, Joanna Kunert, Zuzanna Malinowska, Karolina Mądrzecka, Renata Motyka, Jan Możdżyński, Laura Ociepa, Maryna Sakowska, Mateusz Sarzyński, Jana Shostak, Joanna Tochman, Olga Tuz, Natalia Zalewska, Paulina Żmuda, Konrad Żukowski.

The Hestia Artistic Journey competition, which is an integral part of the Polish art market, provides young artists with a true opportunity to reach a wider audience. The finalists of the 17th edition of the Hestia Artistic Journey Competition are competing for a one-month-long journey and an artist-in-residence programme in the contemporary art capitals: New York and Valencia. In addition, one of the finalists has a chance to win a commission to develop the visual concept of the Annual Report of the ERGO Hestia Group on commercial terms, and receive a new special prize conferred by the competition organizer – the Hestia Artistic Journey Foundation Award. The award winner will receive a 6-month scholarship of PLN 12,000 gross for an art project on a ‘journey-related’ topic.

The Hestia Artistic Journey Competition is sponsored by Sopockie Towarzystwo Ubezpieczeń ERGO Hestia SA. The initiative owes its well-established position to the institutional partners who have cooperated with the HAJ Foundation for years. They include art universities across Poland, the Polytechnic University of Valencia, the Residency Unlimited in New York, and the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw, which hosts the exhibitions featuring finalists’ works.