Cracow Art Week is an evolution of Cracow Gallery Weekend KRAKER – a project created in 2012 to promote contemporary art in Cracow and be a platform for communication, education, information as well as a meeting place for independent art centers and the citizens.The organizers have decided to transform the well known format into a week long event. This year’s edition’s motto is (NO)HOPE – a reflection of current situation culture and art found themselves in. Presenting the wide, diverse artistic community of Cracow and creating a platform for communication seems to be the right thing to do in this complicated, but not entirely hopeless situation.
Third edition of Cracow Art Week is still a presentation of contemporary art. Seven days filled with openings, performances, meetings and discussions clash traditional galleries with ephemeral project rooms which makes it a perfect occasion to discover Cracow’s art world. Exhibitions shown in places taking part in the event have been prepared especially for this project.
With each year the event grows in size and the number of participants on both sides – the creators and the spectators. Besides many exhibitions in places well known on the cultural map of Cracow we continue to discover new places for our audience. We also try to inspire artists to establish new places to present contemporary art. The participants follow our map and programme to discover initiatives and artists previously unknown to them. KRAKER also offers a very rich accompanying programme consisting of workshops, gallery walks, meetings with artists and art experts and discussion panels. Wide, diversified main programme and cooperation with multiple public cultural institutions lead to the situation where a weekend was simply not enough to fit all the events and openings which is why, since 2019, we moved on to a well known format of an art week, similar to other big European cities such as Berlin and Paris.