Deadline for submitting applications prolonged until 15 september 2019


Ideography 2019
1st International Review of Graphic Design in Poznań

Organiser — Rarytas Art Foundation

Patronage — University of the Arts Poznań

Organising Committee

  • Mateusz Bieczyński — Chairman/Secretary of the Jury
  • Mirosław Adamczyk
  • Szymon Dolata
  • Piotr Grzywacz
  • Maciej Kurak
  • Aniela Perszko
  • Nagisa Rządek
  • Zdzisław Schubert

In 2017, the University of the Arts in Poznań, in cooperation with the Rarytas Foundation, initiated a new, cyclical artistic event – the Polish Festival of Graphic Design ‘Ideography’. The goal of the event was to present the latest achievements of Polish graphic designers. In 2018, the second edition of the festival was organised in an extended format.

In 2019, ‘Ideography’ is organised for the first time in an international context. As in the first two editions, the competition is for the creators of posters and other graphic forms. There are two main categories: a poster and an ideograph (a self-edited author's poster).

The competition in the ‘ideograph’ category is dedicated to the topic of Polish-Japanese relations, seen from the broader perspective of intercultural exchange. In 2019, both countries celebrate the 100th anniversary of establishing mutual diplomatic relations (more on the history:

It seems that a special cultural value in Poland and Japan is the synthesis of tradition and modernity, expressed in the form of a poetic metaphor. In Japan, cultural events that present the works of Polish artists are regularly held. Theatre performances, concerts and exhibitions are organised. Polish Film School shows and the music of composers such as Fryderyk Chopin, Karol Szymanowski, Stanisław Moniuszko and Krzysztof Penderecki are of great interest in Japan. On the other hand, the art of traditional Japanese calligraphy, modern Japanese comics, animated films, computer games and widely understood high-tech culture are highly valued in Poland. Poster art serves an important role in Polish-Japanese relations. While the output of Shigeo Fukuda is well known in Poland, creators associated with the so-called Polish School of Posters are very popular in Japan.

The competition under the 1st International Review of Graphic Design ‘Ideography’ 2019 is a pretext for a contemporary interpretation of historical Polish-Japanese relations. It also elicits a question about the future of cultural exchange between our countries.

The subjects of the works submitted in the ‘ideograph’ category should cover multidimensional and multithreaded ideas on the meaning of the jubilee for both Polish and Japanese identities. Like no other medium, a poster seems to be the most appropriate form for the formulation and articulation of these ideas.

Posters will be selected for the competition exhibition by the jury appointed by the organisers, who will award the main prize and distinctions.


A — Cultural poster (posters issued in print for a specific client and created in 2017 and 2018).

Each author can submit two posters in category A in formats B1 (100 cm x 70 cm) or Japanese B1+ (103 cm x 73 cm). Other sizes must be agreed with the organisers in advance.

B — Ideograph (the so-called self-edited posters)

Participants submit works on the topic ‘Japan-Poland/Poland-Japan’ specified by the organisers.

Each author can submit up to five works.

Works will be selected and evaluated for the competition exhibition by the jury appointed by the following organisers:

  • Mirosław Adamczyk, graphic designer, Professor at the University of the Arts Poznań
  • Kazunari Hattori, graphic designer
  • Mariusz Knorowski, curator of the Poster Museum in Wilanów
  • Kanako Nakagawa, curator of poster exhibitions
  • Zdzisław Schubert, art critic, senior curator of the Poster and Design Gallery of the National Museum in Poznań
  • Jury Secretary: Mateusz Bieczyński, Vice-Rector of the University of the Arts Poznań

Collaboration: Piotr Grzywacz, Nagisa Rządek

The organisers will award the following prizes and distinctions:

Main prize (PLN 5,000)

Category A prize (PLN 2,500)

Category B prize (PLN 2,500)


The evaluation stages for submitted works are:

Stage 1

Participants submit their works in digital form to the following address:

Categories A and B

- A4 dimensions, 300 dpi resolution, CMYK colour mode, jpg format.

Each submitted work should contain the following description:

Category A

- Author's first and last name, address, email address, telephone number

- Date of creation

- Printing technique

- Publisher/Client

- Printing house*

Category B

- Author's first and last name, address, email address, telephone number

- Date of creation

- Printing technique

Deadline for submitting works – 1 September 2019

Deadline for submitting applications prolonged until 15 september 2019

Stage 1 results will be announced between 15 and 20 September 2019

Stage 2

Artists selected for the competition exhibition will be notified by email.

Winners whose entries are original works or limited editions are exempt from the printing fee and should then send their works to:

Uniwersytet Artystyczny w Poznaniu

Mateusz Bieczyński
Al. Marcinkowskiego 29
60-967 Poznań


It is possible to send the organisers a digital production file.

The cost of printing a single copy of a poster which has qualified for the competition exhibition is PLN 50.

The deadline for sending production files and confirming funds have been transferred for printing selected works is 20 October 2017.

Additional provisions

The organisers reserve the right to not award the main prize and distribute the prize fund differently in accordance with the decisions of the competition jury.

Each author declares that he or she has independently created the works submitted and listed in the application form.

Submitting a work is equivalent to a statement that its public presentation does not infringe the copyrights of third parties. Any possible claims resulting from this shall be borne by the declarant.

Participation in the competition means that the participant agrees to have their submitted works published in the media and the promotional materials of the festival, in particular in competition exhibition catalogue and other associated exhibitions.

Winners in category B agree to have an additional reproduction of their posters produced and to grant single copies of their works to the poster collections of the National Museum in Poznań.

Works whose contents offend religious, ideological, racial and cultural feelings will not accepted.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue containing reproductions of all the qualifying works with a full list of participants.

Participants whose works qualify for the competition will receive one copy of the catalogue free of charge.

Works submitted to and printed for the post-competition exhibition will not be returned – they will be included in the organisers' collection.