Wojciech Fangor was born on 15th November 1922 in Warsaw, nowadays he is mostly associated with op-art, however he started with paintings in socialist realism style. One of the most famous of his painting from this time is “Korean Mother”, currently placed in National Museum in Warsaw.
He learnt art from Tadeusz Pruszkowski and Felicjan Kowarski, in 1946 he graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. After the death of Stalin, he left the convention of social realism and he focused more on poster design. Together with Stanisław Zamecznik he represented the first environment in Poland “Studium przestrzeni”. Fangor left Poland at the beginning of the 1960’s and finally he settled down in United States in 1966 where he was a lecturer in different American art colleges.
In 1970, the Guggenheim Museum in New York proposed him the offer for the organization of an exhibition, which was very prestigious, no other polish artist was honored. In the 60’s and 70’s he was famous for creating a series of paintings causing optical effects, which are associated with op-art now. He came back to Poland at the end of 20th century and lived in small village close to Warsaw.
In 2007 he was responsible for creating the conception of decoration of the second subway line stations in Warsaw, creating the biggest underground gallery of op-art. Wojciech Fangor died in 2015 in Warsaw. In 2018 the publishing house Skira released a book about Wojciech Fangor’s work.
Text written in March 2019.
Anna Soltys from Poland, graduated in finance and accounting, experienced and skilled in marketing, passionate about cooking, dancing, and reading.
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.