Shipyard worker with a camera

Shipyard worker with a camera

Unique exhibition by Stanisław Składanowski

The 40th anniversary of signing the August Agreements is approaching fast.
We, as the Imperial Shipyard, are aware that it is impossible to build the future of a place omitting its history and heritage. From the very beginning, this important principle accompanies us in the revitalization process of this area.

That is why we are actively involved not only in preserving the intangible heritage, but also in the celebration of the 40th anniversary of signing the August Agreements.

One of the important elements of the celebration is the exhibition of photographs by Stanisław Składanowski, entitled “AUGUST 80 – 40 years have passed” in the art space of WL4 Mleczny Piotr.


Stanisław Składanowski, is a former shipyard worker, and an artist-photographer, who took more than 1100 photos during the strikes in 1980. His work includes well-known, iconic pictures like from the famous plaque with 21 strike demands and Lech Wałęsa, triumphantly elevated on the hands in front of the Dyrekcja building. From the extensive collection, the author chose 75 photographs, which are enlarged, transferred to special long-lasting archival paper and framed.

However, the exhibition is not the photographer’s only initiative to celebrate this important 40th anniversary. The author chose over 270 photos from his collection, which are included in a special album entitled “Solidarity. August 1980”. The publication contains memories of active participants in these events, including Lech Wałęsa, Andrzej Gwiazda, and Bogdan Borusewicz. These stories are enriched with photographs by Stanisław Składanowski, reflecting the atmosphere of that period.

We invite you to see the legendary photos that will be available to all residents of Gdańsk and tourists in the WL4 Art Space in the coming weeks.

Photos: Dominik Kulaszewicz (


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