Zachęta National Gallery of Art (Zachęta - Narodowa Galeria Sztuki) is one of the most respected Polish contemporary art institutions. The main aim of the gallery is to present and support primarily Polish contemporary art and artists. With numerous temporary exhibitions of well known foreign artists, the gallery has also established itself internationally. The Polish term "zachęta" can be translated as encouragement or motivation, and refers to the Society for the Encouragement of Fine Arts founded in Warsaw in 1860.
The Gallery has been collaborating with Wikimedia Poland for several years; in 2013 those activities have resulted in a joint conference on open cultural heritage, OpenGLAM 2013. In 2014 the Gallery and Wikimedia Poland have begun a formal collaboration which will encompass loading open-licensed reproductions of collection works into Wikimedia Commons, as well as gradually sharing with Wikimedia Commons the exhibition documentation (photographs of artists, exhibition views, catalogues and other material). This collaboration is part of Wikimedia Poland's GLAM-Wiki project.
The National Gallery of Art has been collaborating with Wikimedia Polska on numerous individual projects, culminating in 2013 with the OpenGLAM 2013 conference - first conference on open cultural heritage organised in Poland.
The 2-day international conference was devoted to discussing openness in cultural institutions, best practices and the advantages of open solutions for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAMs), and related copyright challenges. The openGLAM conference was organised by Zachęta alongside Wikimedia Polska and Centrum Cyfrowe. The event saw presentations given by Wikipedians and open culture activists from diverse European countries: Sweden, Germany, United Kingdom; Europeana, Wikimedia and the Open Culture Foundation representatives participated in the event.
Current project status
In October 2014 Wikimedia Poland and Zachęta have entered a new stage of their collaboration, in which the Gallery had agreed to share all its relevant open-licensed visual materials from the Open Zachęta (Otwarta Zachęta) database with Wikimedia Commons:
- Images of contemporary artworks from Zachęta's collection,
- Photographs of artists and exhibitions,
- Exhibition catalogues and accompanying texts,
- Video files.
The files will be gradually uploaded to Wikimedia Commons with newly created artwork templates suited to Zachęta's collection.
In January 2014, a group of 15 Wikipedians and gallery visitors participated in a photodocumentation day devoted to photographing the building and interiors of Zachęta Gallery, and editing the article about Zachęta on Polish-language Wikipedia. The meeting resulted in about 200 new images of the building, interior and some exhibition artwork being uploaded to appropriate categories on Wikimedia Commons. More information on the meeting can be found on the event page.
Technical and legal issues
Zachęta's materials are available with the CC-BY-SA 3.0 PL license.
- Zachęta National Gallery of Art
- Collection of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art
- Exhibitions at Zachęta National Gallery of Art
Coordinators on Zachęta's side are Maria Świerżewska-Franczak and Zofia Dubowska.