8. International Student Poster Competition, Skopje 2015

Deadline: 20 November, 2015 (CET 00:00 hours)
Exhibition opening: 5 December, 2015
Youth Cultural Center(MKC) Gallery


PLAKART in partnership with Youth Cultural Centre announces the launch of the competition of Eight International Student Poster Competition, Skopje 2015. The project is carried out with support by Ministry of Culture of Republic of Macedonia, Warsaw Poster Biennale, AUG Design from Czech Republic and several external associates from Poland, Czech Republic, Turkey, Serbia, Germany, USA, Russia.

The issue

The main objective of this competition is creating better opportunities for people with disabilities. The motto “Enabled for Disabled” needs to point out that and secure equal opportunities and equal rights for people with disabilities. As designers are obligation are to fight discrimination and inequality and ensure that people who have disabilities are regarded as equal members of society. To ensure that people who have disabilities can live the life they want and actively participate in their community. We promote a positive message about all aspects of disability – long-term illness, mobility problems, learning disability, disfigurement and everything in between. Its no doubt that the idea/issue of dependency has been used to socially construct, or perhaps, more accurately, socially reconstruct the problem of disability, along with a whole range of other social problems which have been reconstructed in similar ways in many capitalist countries.

The goal of this poster competition is to create and promote concept of Enabling equal right for disabled people.
They are facing certain barriers when they attempt to access health care including:
Prohibitive costs which mean affordability of health services and transportation. Because of this two reasons they do not receive needed health care.
Limited availability of appropriate services which is a significant barrier to health care.
Physical barriers including Uneven access to buildings (hospitals, health centers), inaccessible medical equipment, poor signage, narrow doorways, internal steps, inadequate bathroom facilities, and inaccessible parking areas create barriers to health care facilities. For example, women with mobility difficulties are often unable to access breast and cervical cancer screening because examination tables are not height-adjustable and mammography equipment only accommodates women who are able to stand.
Inadequate skills and knowledge of health workers etc.

We encourage people, both in and outside the design and cultural community, to the movement of enabling the disabled world! Try to create and provoke an attention that will grow in to international movement, campaign. Еxplain/complain/create and achieve higher standards of visual communication and visualize your thinking.

As designers we are obligated to act toward intolerance, act of injustice… therefor we are going to create and provoke an global action, first by inviting students to participate for the competition, then by inviting the professional designers and by several social campaign actions to raise awareness.


We invite all students on BA, MA and PhD studies of fine arts, design, visual arts, to enter the 8th International Student Poster Competition till20 November, 2015 (CET 00:00 hours).

This year International Student Poster Competition decided to put accent on the issue of Disabled individuals around the world. It is time we, students, do some work, make buzz and create messages that will inspire many, to engage maybe few but to contribute to raising the awareness. This year we fight creatively for those in need…
Enabled for Disabled!!!

Worlds Health Organisation Key facts
Fact sheet 352

• Over a billion people, about 15% of the world’s population, have some form of disability.
• Between 110 million and 190 million adults have significant difficulties in functioning.
• Rates of disability are increasing due to population ageing and increases in chronic health conditions, among other causes.
• People with disabilities have less access to health care services and therefore experience unmet health care needs.

More info on Disability found at WHO, UN:
Disability is thus not just a health problem. It is a complex phenomenon, reflecting the interaction between features of a person’s body and features of the society in which he or she lives. Overcoming the difficulties faced by people with disabilities requires interventions to remove environmental and social barriers.
People with disabilities have the same health needs as non-disabled people. They also may experience a narrower margin of health, both because of poverty and social exclusion, and also because they may be vulnerable to secondary conditions. Evidence suggests that people with disabilities face barriers in accessing the health and rehabilitation services they need in many settings.

Local accent

Generally, the discrimination and fight against it is an issue which is facing all countries in the world, including Macedonia. The problem is to identify the discrimination, especially if it is not a direct one. It is coming from the lack of definition which is personal and material scope of discrimination and also the grounds for it.

Targeting young talents

The organizer of this competition will continue promoting young artist and their posters around the globe, creating traveling exhibitions in Europe and Asia. One of the goals of this project is to merge the students from world academies and Europe in the territory of the Republic of Macedonia.

“Enabled for Disabled” represents a base of cultural interchange, having made new friendships, realizing the importance of tolerance as its major goals. Through the defining of the ideas based on tolerance the young spirit should understand its value and realize the common advantages that this concept offers, building a solid grounds for further promotion of tolerance on global grounds.


Two poster winners will be awarded with equal prizes
1. Participation in jury work 2016 at the 9th Skopje Poster Festival (fully covered expenses)
2. Organization of poster exhibition in MKC Gallery 2016
3. ICOGRADA Certificate


Download >Brief of 8. ISPC<

Jury members

Götz Gramlich (Germany)

Peter Bankov (Russia)

Paula Troxler (Switzerland)

Péter Pócs (Hungary)

Lasko Dzurovski (Macedonia)

More about the jury: Jury members 8th Skopjeposter

Winners & Honorable


1.Kaja Kleśta / Poland

2. Kaja Kleśta / Poland

E. Plakart & Icograda Excellence Award: Piotr Depta / Poland

More about the 8. Skopje Poster Festival and winners

Honorary mentions

Bo Yang / China

Farzad Saeedi / Iran

Anna Jaszczuk / Poland

Flávia Martins / Portugal

Dagmara Wrona / Poland

Anke Klein / Macedonia

Amir Mills