11 Feb 2020

Gdansk City Lab – Transformation of the shipyard

Discussion forum about the future transformation of the shipyard area in Gdansk. It will be an opportunity to meet with various representatives of stakeholders in the process of transformation of the shipyard’s post-industrial areas.


10:00 A.M. Official openingRead More

11 Feb 2020

Artists Research Residency in Gdansk




On 3-9.06.2019 the research residency in the framework of the project „Memory of Water” took place in Gdańsk. Next artists took part in it: Mary Conroy (Ireland), Tara s. Beall (Great Britain), Siegfried Vynck (Belgium), Jonas Myrstrand (Sweden). They were accompanied by the curator Mary Conlon (Ireland).


The 1st day of the research residency started with a meeting at the Baltic Sea Culture Center during which we we presented to the artists the assumptions of the project in Gdańsk and technical issues related to its organization. In the evening we went for a walk to 100cznia to meet the organizers of this project – Alicja Jabłonowska and Kuba Łukaszewski. 100cznia is a small container town built on the outskirts of the former Gdańsk Shipyard. It consists of gastronomic points, art studios and alternative art gallery. Every week there are concerts, exhibitions and meetings with interesting people. The idea of a social garden and the zero-waste principle are tested there.


In the morning the participants made a trip by a tourist ship imitating a pirate ship. Its purpose was to view the Shipyard’s grounds from the water’s side. The route led along the Motława River and the Martwa Wisła Canal to its mouth to the Gulf of Gdansk. On the way we passed Westerplatte – the place of the outbreak of World War II.

In the afternoon the participants visited an exhibition at the Milk Peter – an alternative arts center situated in the Shipyard. Next, the participants had the opportunity to get acquainted with the Social Zone arranged near the European Solidarity Center on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the first free elections in Poland. As part of the Zone, 13 thematic tents were organized, in which non-governmental organizations, institutions and organizations prepared interesting events, meetings, debates, children’s zones, and film screenings. The program of the day ended at the Academy of Fine Arts with the lecture by the activist Anna Miler “Cultural Life in the Gdańsk Shipyard”.


This day was devoted to a workshop „Gdansk Shipyard – mental maps workshop” conducted by Dr. Klaudia Nowicka from the Department of Socio-Economic Geography of the University of Gdańsk. During the first part, the participants (MOW artists and students of the Faculty of History at the University of Gdańsk) visited Stocznia, taking notes. In the second part, they worked in the historical BHP Hall, creating mental maps of this area. Mental maps are graphic representations of individual understanding of spaces, surroundings and places. They are subjective constructs influenced by one’s everyday activities, experiences, prejudices, emotions and cultural values associated with a particular place or area. The mechanism of individual interpretation of space plays a vital role when creating mental maps. When interpreting people usually simplify geographical or physical spaces that surround them. Thus, mental maps are usually abstract and no cartographic rules apply to them. The results of the workshop will be used to develop a scientific article in English.

In late afternoon the participants took part in a renovation of a social garden in Gdansk Wrzeszcz.


This day was spent by participants at the European Solidarity Center. At first, there was a meeting with Magda Fryze-Seroka who presented us activities of the Civil Design Department, focused on implementing values of solidarity into the social life. Then the participants met Ms. Ula Ściubeł – a retired worker of the Gdansk Shipyard. She told about hardships of everyday life of workers in the communist time. After this meeting, the time came to visit the exhibition of the European Solidarity Center.

In the evening the group went to Sopot to visit the Museum of Sopot situated next to the beach and the Baltic Sea.


Participants visited the Media Library at the European Solidarity Centre. It was also a day of the individual reaerch in the shipyard – seeking inspiration for projects. The went to the Gdańsk University of Technology to become familiar with the research of the participants of the international project “SOS Waterfront Climate Change”. At the same time, at the Baltic Sea Culture Center CityLab #3 Stocznia Od/Nowa took place. In the morning representatives of local authorities took part as well as of institutions associated with the shipyard. In the afternoon themed tables were organized around which artists, architects and local activists were discussing the future of the shipyard area from a point of view of MEMORY, ART, WATER AND PUBLIC SPACES, PRODUCTION, GREEN AND ECOLOGY, DIALOGUE. MOW participants had the opportunity to become familiar with the results of these discussions.


After few days of walking in the shipyard, participants had a unique opportunity to look at it from above – from the observation tower organized on one of the cranes. Then they visited an exhibition of Gdansk photographer Michał Szlaga „I Photographed the King of Poland”, organized at Laznia Center for Contemporary Art. Szlaga made headlines in 2013, when he published his album Szlag’s Shipyard. It is a specific publication whose aim is not art but an almost journalistic intervention in the process of disappearance of an industrial heritage site. The book was ready after thirteen years of his obsessive work as a documentalist, gatherer and investigator observing the Gdańsk Shipyard.

It was also a day of the individual research. In the afternoon the artists and curators met to discuss the first ideas of our projects to be realized in October and determine a way of preparatory work. In the evening participants watched two documentary films about the past of the Gdańsk Shipyard.


It was a day of return trips. Nevertheless, the participants managed to visit the ship Sołdek, which is part of the exhibition of the National Maritime Museum in Gdańsk. It was the first ship built in Poland after the Second World War.


  • Focus on designing rather ephemeral, transitory actions.
  • Relate your project to the context of the Shipyard, and especially to its future.
  • Treat your project not as a finished work intended for a single presentation to the audience, but rather as a project open to the future.
  • Include in the project categories developed in the dialogical process of the project “STOCZNIA OD/NOWA”: MEMORY, ART, WATER AND PUBLIC SPACES, PRODUCTION, GREEN AND ECOLOGY, DIALOGUE (http://stoczniaodnowa.pl/).
  • Consider the question: How can we take risk and explore areas outside of the conventional structures and social conventions and the dominant paradigm of „development for development’s sake”?
  • Try to incorporate various social groups and professionals (politicians, urban planners, city officials) into your project.
  • Projects can be made individually or with another artist / artists participating in MOW.
  • A conceptual work process on the project is very important and should be registered in the form of notes, blog, statements recorded on video, etc. This documentation should be delivered to the Baltic Sea Cultural Center until 14/10/2019.

Technical outlines:

  • Meetings with curators at ZOOM every 2 weeks.
  • A deadline for submitting a project description and data for the budget to the Baltic Sea Cultural Center: 31/08/2019.








11 Feb 2020

Shipyard a New

On 17 December in Gdańsk we summed up the project Memory of Water EU Creative Europe Shipyard aNew. We have collected and presented proposals for development of post-shipyard areas in Gdańsk – our common “dreams to fulfill”.

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16 Dec 2019

Gdansk City Lab – Dreams to Fulfill



18 OCTOBER 2019 r. / Piątek

Old Towna Hall, 33/35 Korzenna Street, Gdańsk

Part 1: Heritage For Future (Session in Polish except for*)

10:00 Official Opening and Welcoming of Guests


  • Lawrence Ugwu, Director, The Baltic Sea Cultural Centre in Gdańsk,
  • Iwona Preis, Intercult, Stockholm, Coordinator, European Project “Memory of Water”
  • Agnieszka Wołodźko, Curator of Art Residencies, MoW in Gdańsk

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03 Dec 2019

The Broadcast

I presented an event titled “The Broadcast” in reference to the pirate Radio Solidarność (Radio Solidarity) which operated during martial law in the early 1980s in Poland. For Memory of Water, I organised an audience at the historic Gate No. 2 of the Gdańsk Shipyard with Piotr Jagielski, who supervised the technical equipment of Radio Solidarność, and with Maciej Pawlak, who was its editor and author of the book “Radio Solidarność in the Tri-City”. The Gate No. 2 is the place where Lech Wałęsa stood to announce to the waiting crowds the deal that had been struck with the Communist government in 1980.

During this event, the public listened to selected archival programmes from Radio Solidarity, and from the recorded projects: “Shipyard is a Woman” and “Shipyard on Air.” The 3-hour programme was transmitted in the VHF band near the historic shipyard gate. I selected fragments relating to the strike and pacification of the Gdańsk Shipyard workers as well as the introduction of martial law. The voices recorded on tapes and played back during the broadcast evoked the energy and memories of the people who overcame their fear and uncertainty to show great courage and bravery. They were united. In those days, such pirate broadcasts appeared unscheduled, disturbing the peace of everyday radio programmes. I became even more convinced of the power, or agency, of the human voice. Recorded and listened to after many years, it reaches the innermost recesses of our minds.

I regret that I could not transmit my “Broadcast” using radio waves. Internet radio and podcasts are free of noise and interference, yet they cease to be like a living organism travelling on radio waves. Huge industrial plants like the Gdańsk Shipyard built communities – interpersonal structures that broke down once the plant closed down. To me, the most important thing about Memory of Water is remembering and reminding – bringing back and highlighting the memories of people unmentioned in any textbooks, and participating in other artists’ projects. I like looking at their work and their fresh outlook on the shipyard and its history. It was a great experience for me which has confirmed that the language of art is international and borderless. We talk about people, memory, respect and work.

Iwona Zając

03 Dec 2019

Industrial Impressions

During our research residency in Gdańsk (June 2019), we decided to hop on this pirate ship to explore the shipyard from the water. This simple tourist attraction would turn out to be one the most inspiring moments ever for me. Besides the hundreds of pictures I took during the sailing along the waterfront, I was blown away, not only by the industrial aesthetic, but especially by the randomness of all the colours there. As an artist, that was so interesting for me, I immediately knew these wild colour combinations would play a dominant role in my planned artistic intervention.

Back home I made designs by mixing up fragments of my colourful documentation. Industrial Impressions began to form. The design was ready but finding a wall to paint it on was the biggest challenge. One wall was cancelled because of imminent demolition. Other walls were too vulnerable to vandalism. Just two weeks before the production residency, the Polish team proposed a shipping container as a canvas for the artwork. There are easier surfaces to paint on! The ribbed structure is far from ideal, especially for the linework. But the shipping container was a fantastic deep blue water colour and since shipping containers are so prominent in the shipyard, turning one into a piece of arts was the last piece to fit the puzzle.

Siegfried Vynck


03 Dec 2019

Shipyard Footage

I continued my process of gathering footage to tell the story of our two-year journey of discovery together. This includes documenting the projects by the other Memory of Water artists. I am shooting one film in each city, so now I’m starting to edit the film for Gdańsk, but I will gradually stitch the shorter films together into a longer feature.

This was our second Memory of Water residency in Gdańsk, but I have been there several times before. I am always so glad to see the cranes in the skyline and the shipyard still working. The schedule was intense with many parallel events going on, but for me the hardest part was walking the vast shipyard with the camera equipment! My brief was to cover the artists’ process and activities throughout the week as well as the partners’ meetings.

I didn’t have a resolved visual concept before arriving in Gdańsk. The main focus, of course, was the thematics of the Memory of Water project. In Levadia, I started and finished in the River Erkyna itself. The camera (GoPro) emerged from the water to witness the actions, and then returned, submerged back in the river. In Gdańsk, I got the idea of walking – tracing my steps – through the Shipyard, up from the river, feet walking around the events, and then down into the water again at Martwa Wisła quay, where local artist, Czesław Podleśny, has installed a group of steel-robots sculptures at the water’s edge. There was a lot of walking! I had great assistance from local film-maker  miss Anna Domanska over three days who helped me to cover parallel events. Each of the artists is working on separate projects so I’m trying to connect them spatially through the film for the audience.

At the same time, during this week and the whole experience in Gdańsk, I was collecting “good examples” of developing shipyard heritage. To show how culture and the art scene can grow and evolve with regeneration. I have the opposite experience unfortunately in Gothenburg, where the shipyard disappeared over ten years and nothing of the tangible or intangible heritage was saved.

There are many exciting things happening to protect and rethink shipyard heritage in Gdańsk, like with Stocznia Cesarka, for example. These sustainable approaches are here to stay! For one thing, the shipyard area is now more accessible for locals and tourists. I think a mobile application with archival pictures, maps and guided tours would be a popular idea.

Jonas Myrstrand

05 Nov 2019

Reflections on Gdansk through a Govan lens.

Some personal reflections from Govan based cultural planner, Liz Gardiner who is the Scottish partner on this Memory of Water project, is in charge of the communications for the project and is an artist turned academic in the Scottish context.

Whilst the production residency in Levadia had resonance for Govan in its links to textile making with its focus on the stories of local people and their ordinary traditions like washing cloth in the river, the Gdansk situation has more of a mirroring with Govan. Govan and Gdansk share histories in the development and decline of shipbuilding accompanied by protest. All of our six city artists reflected these aspects of Gdansk shipyard’s industrial history in their interventions.
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31 Oct 2019

Seed Change

I wasn’t sure what to expect at Stocznia Gdańska. From the historical images I’d seen of the cranes, the industry and the crowds during the events of the solidarity movement, I could imagine the shouting, the clanging of iron, workers and machines noisily building gigantic ships to travel the globe.Read More

02 Oct 2019

Artists Production Residency in Gdansk

Memory of Water is an artist led project that explores the impact artists can have on post-industrial waterfront heritage planning.

Memory of Water: Shipyard

From 14 to 19 October, the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre hosted the second artistic residency curated by Agnieszka Wołodźko and produced by

Katarzyna Szewciów for the Creative Europe project, Memory of Water. Artists from Belgium, Greece, Ireland, Poland, Scotland and Sweden carried out artistic actions and interventions related to local cultural heritage: the former Gdańsk Shipyard was both the subject and location of their work.

Following a research visit in June, the artists tested the potential of the post-industrial area on the quays in response to the rapid redevelop

ment of this part of the city. The thematic threads of their productions reflected the topics discussed by local stakeholders during a series of Urban Labs held at the Baltic Sea Cultural Centre on the future of the Shipyard: Memory, Art, Water & Public Spaces, Production, Green Spaces & Ecology, and Dialogue.

Irish artist Mary Conroy focused on the tools used by shipyard workers. She made casts and molds of these industrial materials to create seed-bomb sculptures that contributed to the on-going rewilding of the Shipyard. The sculptures were be located on Martwa Wisła quay where the Forge was originally sited following the purchase of farmland. By next Spring, the sculptures will disintegrate as flowers will grow from the seeds restoring biodiversity and green habitats to the area.


Scottish-American artist ts Beall also explored the natural environment of the Shipyard; this time, the vegetables and flowers that were grown there by workers. In a symbolic gesture, she outlined with coloured chalks the footprint of a greenhouse which, in the 1950s, was located next to the building of the Directorate. She also replanted the flower beds on Toolmakers Street and invited the public to take part in embroidering napkins with floral motifs. Through these activities, she wanted to commemorate the women workers of the Shipyard who were employed in pipe insulation. This work was carried out using toxic asbestos-containing materials, which resulted in illness and many early deaths. As a mark of respect, the artist has identified and visited the graves of the women.


Iwona Zając from Gdańsk  presented The Broadcast in reference to the pirate Radio Solidarność (Radio Solidarity) which operated during martial law in the early 1980s. At Gate No. 2, she organised an audience with Piotr Jagielski, who supervised the technical equipment of Radio Solidarność, and with Maciej Pawlak, who was its editor and author of the book “Radio Solidarność in the Tri-City”. Over three hours, the public could listen to selected archival programmes and recordings. The artist shared her recordings of former shipyard workers from her Stocznia w eterze website, as well as access to recordings collected as part of the “Stocznia w eterze”, “Radio Solidarność Gdańsk” and “Stocznia jest kobietą” projects.


Swedish documentary filmmaker Jonas Myrstrand screened his film VR in Shipyard of Gothenburg at the Baltic Sea Cultural Center. Once one of the largest shipyards in the world, nothing remains of Gothenburg’s shipbuilding past as regretfully all traces of this industrial heritage have been lost. Through his virtual reality film, viewers could get a sense of the sights and sounds of the former Shipyard in Sweden and became acquainted with both mistakes and successes of redevelopments in post-shipyard areas. During the residency, he also made film recordings of the activities of his fellow artists.


Siegfried Vynck from Belgium created a bespoke mural inspired by the interior and exterior industrial spaces of the Shipyard. He repurposed shipping containers as his ‘canvas’ to create scenes from the shipyard past and present using spray-can paint. These containers will then be exhibited by Crane M3, a new destination for locals and visitors to engage with the history and heritage of the site.


Greek artist Ira Brami worked with a retired Shipyard employee in a performance telling the story of her personal and professional life as a light crane operator to local school children. The goal of this project was to find creative ways to engage younger audiences with stories about the legacy of the Shipyard and the ethics of the Solidarity movement.


DJ Burning Woman / Kateryna Kostrova created this sound art work performed during #MemoryofwaterEU artist residency in Gdańsk in October 2019 . Visuals by Violetta Tarasenko

Being born and raised in Eastern Ukraine, the industrial heart of the country, Burning Woman was exposed to gloomy atmosphere of large-scale manufacturing plants and noisy environment of ever-growing construction sites since early childhood. At some point, she learned to love the decadent sight, and especially the sound of her hometown, developing a taste to experimental electronic, noise, dark ambient, drone, and techno, and unusual forms and methods of creative self-expression.

As a DJ and musician, Burning Woman draws inspiration from various sources and constantly develops her own sounding, trying different methods of digital audio processing and synthesis. She frequently uses field recordings to express her individual experience of interaction with the world and her perception of it through music. This is how she connects her ideas, states, and feelings with the existing reality, making them conceivable for the audience.

Apart from making her own music and djing, Burning Woman actively participates in the development of Ukrainian electronic and experimental scene, working as a curator with cultural organizations and platforms, such as “Women’s sound” project , “Platform Tiu” in Mariupol, and Institute of Sound in Kyiv. She also collaborates with other artists, musicians, and performers on various multidisciplinary art-projects.
Magda Zakrzewska Duda #MorecultureinEurope




13 October 2019, Sunday

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
5:00 pm -7:30 pm Embroidering the Shipyard. Tribute to women pipe insulators.
Workshop embroidery, European Solidarity Centre
registration: warsztaty@nck.org.pl


14 October 2019, Monday

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Preparatory gardening works
Narzędziowców St.
3.00 pm -4.00 pm
Embroidering the Shipyard. Tribute to women pipe insulators.
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A

15 October 2019, Tuesday

10:00 am-6:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
10:00 am-2:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Planting flower beds
Narzędziowców St.
3.00-4.00 Embroidering the Shipyard…
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A

16 October 2019, Wednesday

10:00 am-6:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
10:00 am-5:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Planting flower beds
Narzędziowców St.
3.00-4.00 Embroidering the Shipyard…
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A

17 October 2019, Thursday

10:00 am-6:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

10:00 am -5:00 pm SEED CHANGE, Mary Conroy (Limerick, Irland)
closed workshops – sculpting – seed bombs (shipbuilders’ tools)
WL4 Milk Peter, Popiełuszki St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
3.00-4.00 Embroidering the Shipyard…
Joint embroidering
Crane M3, Nabrzeże 17A

2:00 pm-5:00 pm BROADCAST: RADIO SOLIDARNOSC, Iwona Zając, (Gdańsk, Poland)
Wydział Remontowy Bar
Doki 1 St.

10:00 am -6:00 pm PROJECT PARTNERS’ MEETING – MEMORY OF WATER (closed for public)

18 OCTOBER 2019, Friday

10:00 am -1:00 pm SEED CHANGE, Mary Conroy (Limerick, Irland)
open workshops – sculpting – seed bombs (shipbuilders’ tools)
WL4 Milk Peter, Popiełuszki St.

10:00 am-1:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

10:00 am-1:30 pm CITY LAB: DREAMS TO FULFILL
Morning session „Heritage for Future”
Key-note speech Trevor Davies (Metropolis.dk)
Project summary: curators and project experts
BSCC/ Old Town Hall

Afternoon session „Beyond Borders”
Key-note speech prof. Katarzyna Kosmala (The University of the West of Scotland)
presentations of MoW’s artistic interventions – meeting with artists residents of MoW
meeting with experts and artists from Georgia and Ukraine
BSCC/ Old Town Hall

6:00 pm-6:30 pm „VR in Shipyard of Gothenburg”, Jonas Myrstrand (Sweden)
films screening
BSCC/ Old Town Hall

19 October 2019, Saturday

10:00 am-3:00 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium) Painting a mural on a container
Narzędziowców St.

GLASS WATER, t s Beall (Govan, Glasgow, Scotland)
11:30 am-1:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
Planting flower beds
Narzędziowców St. (a meeting at the former fire station building)
1:00 pm-2:00 pm Greening the Shipyard
The old garden’s boundaries’ marking with chalk-paints,
near The Director’s Office, Doki 1 St.

2:00 pm-3:00 pm SEED CHANGE, Mary Conroy (Limerick, Irland)
Seed-tools setting
the Vistula canal waterfront, next to Milk Peter, Popiełuszki St.

3:30 pm INDUSTRIAL IMPRESSIONS, Siegfried Vynck (Ostende, Belgium)
Mural’s “Baptising”
Narzędziowców St.

4:00 pm-5:45 pm CityLAB “Shipyard a/New. Dreams to fulfill”
registration: rsebastyanski@gmail.com
ESC, auditorium 3.36

6:00 pm-7:00 pm AS ABOVE, SO BELOW, Ira Brami (Levadia, Greece)
Drizzly Grizzly, Elektryków St.

Accompanying event:
8:00 pm BURNING WOMAN (Ukraine)
Live Act concert

For more information and event details, you can visit the Memory of Water website (www.memoryofwater.eu)

The Project Manager in Gdańsk for Memory of Water is Magda Zakrzewska-Duda (magdalena.zakrzewska@nck.org.pl)

For more information, you can visit the Memory of Water website here.