His paintings inspire many – one example is the famous Mexican film director Guillermo del Toro, who has directed films such as The Shape of Water and Hellboy.
Zdzisław Beksiński was a modern-day surrealist painter, photographer and sculptor. He was born in 1929 in Sanok, survived the World War II, finished the university in Krakow and was working as a bus designer for an automotive factory. At the same time was creating art, firstly sculptures and photographs, later he also started to paint.
While his art was grim, Beksiński was a kind man with a keen sense of humor. He liked to paint while listening to classical music. He also did not like to follow the trends in art, being the favorite of the critics was not his aim.
His life ended tragically. His son killed himself just a year after Beksiński’s wife had died because of cancer. Eventually he got stabbed to death by a 19 year old boy who asked the artist to lend him money and was met with refusal. In 2016 a movie was released about Beksiński family life after 1977,The Last Family. To experience more about his life it’s also possible to visit a gallery dedicated to him in his hometown Sanok.
Text written in March 2019.
I’m Anna Koniarek and I come from Chorzow, a city on the south of Poland. I am 26 years old, I like travelling, learning languages and getting to know other cultures.
Erasmus+ is a programme of the European Commission embracing the fields of education, training, youth and sports during the period 2014-2020. One of the major aspects is the cooperation between the different fields where the programme acts, hence contributing for a diverse and rich Europe.
Amongst the several goals of the programme, the following are prioritised: the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, including the headline education target; the aims of the strategic framework for European cooperation in education and training (ET 2020), including the corresponding benchmarks; the sustainable development of Partner Countries in the field of higher education; the overall goals of the renewed framework for European cooperation in the youth field (2010-2018); the objective of developing the European dimension in sport, in particular grassroots sport, in line with the EU work plan for sport and the promotion of European values in accordance with Article 2 of the Treaty on the European Union.
In order to achieve these goals, the Erasmus+ has several action policies. The Key Action 1 (KA1) is directed towards the mobility of people; Key Action 2 (KA2) for the cooperation for innovation and the interchange of good experiences; and Key Action 3 (KA3) which is for the support of reformation policies.
Since 1991 the University of Madeira Students’ Union has developed a wide incentive policy for voluntary work. In 2013 the Students’ Union started the process to receive, send and coordinate Erasmus+ projects of the European Voluntary Service, in order to have a larger influence in the volunteering field. The Union received its first volunteer withing the ambit of a KA1 project in 2014. Many efforts have been done to allow young people from Madeira to take part in several initiatives in Europe, as well as propose several projects allowing young people from several countries to work in the projects of the Students’ Union of the University of Madeira. The main goal of the voluntary work is the contribution of the volunteers to the communities and places they will be staying, being their work not rewarded with payment.
We believe that the European Voluntary Service is a mechanism full of experiences, allowing the approved candidates to have the privilege of taking part in these projects and benefit the places and communities where these volunteers will be staying.
Since 2013, the University of Madeira Students’ Union has received volunteers that have collaborated in several activities and initiatives. Besides being able to enjoy a wonderful experience which will contribute to their personal and professional growth, they are able to contribute in a unique way to the community in which they are inserted and to join dozens of volunteers from the University of Madeira.