ABOUT THE CENTRE
The Silesian Culture Centre was formally established according to the resolution taken by the County Council in Tarnowskie Góry on 27 April 2012. The Centre started its official activity on 1 January 2013; the staff was completed on 1 March 2013 and since then cultural events have been taking place there. The main idea of the Silesian Culture Centre founders was to create a place integrating local community as well as promote tradition, history, science and art of the region, both in Poland and abroad.
Silesia is a specific region where different cultures meet and interact, its multiculturalism is unique and deserves to be preserved and presented. This is our goal: “so that Silesian would give food for thought.” We would like to combine the cultural and intellectual tradition of Silesia with a modern look at art and culture nowadays. Therefore, the Silesian Culture Centre is open also for the young artists. Our offer and extensive range of activities include permanent and temporary exhibitions, educational workshops, multimedia lectures, sessions on Silesian history and culture presented by scientists and artists, lectures, concerts, meetings with prominent people, publishing and scientific activity, recreational and educational events and conferences. The building is equipped with all the necessary facilities in the renovated and well protected exhibition halls and conference rooms (in the future a hotel and restaurant are planned here). The Silesian Culture Centre is a perfect blend of the past with modernity and functionality.
The Centre has already gained the reputation of an institution offering artistic and educational projects of highest quality, attracting people from Poland and abroad.
The Programme Board of the Silesian Culture Centre operates on the basis of Regulations developed on the basis of § 8 and § 13 of the Centre’s Statutes. It is a consultative and advisory body to the Director of the Centre, and its term of office lasts 4 years. By virtue of resolution no. 332/1558/2023 of the Tarnogórski District Management Board amending resolution no. 252/1210/2022, the following were appointed to the Programme Council for the third term (2022-2026): Dr Jacek Kurek, Dr Marta Czarnecka-Tokarz, Łukasz Szostkiewicz, Aleksander König and Maria Kurtz.
Marta Czarnecka-Tokarz, PhD – painter. Lives and works in Tarnowskie Góry. Since 2021 doctor of fine arts (Academy of Fine Arts, Katowice). Scholarship holder, winner of numerous prizes and awards including Award of the Marshal of the Silesian Voivodeship – 9th Edition of the Polish Graphics Triennale 2015, Award of the BPSC – Award of the President of the BPSC Ignacy Miedziński for the best diploma in Painting, Award of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, 1st Prize of the President of Bytom – 15th High Art Festival, Scholarship of the Minister of Science and Higher Education. 2013-2019 – Scholarship of the Rector of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice.
Head of the Programme Board of the Silesian Culture Centre in Nakło Śląskie
Jacek Kurek, PhD – historian, culture animator, chief publishing specialist at the Chorzów Museum (currently the Museum of Metallurgy in Chorzów). Organiser and co-organiser of scientific conferences and museum exhibitions. His research interests focus on cultural history and the history of Poland in the 19th and 20th centuries, the history of Silesia and rock culture.
Łukasz Szostkiewicz – graduate of Painting at the Faculty of Artistic Education at the Jan Długosz Academy in Częstochowa. Since 2013 he has been involved in museum studies – curator of exhibitions at the Museum of the History of Katowice, e.g. in 2017 “The darkness of subconsciousness. Beksiński’, and in 2020 ‘Dwurnik. Totally’. Currently assistant professor in the Art Department at the Silesian Museum in Katowice. Manager of culture, artist, painter and instructor.
President of the Management Board of O&S Computer Soft in Radzionków, member of the Presidium of the National Chamber of Commerce; recipient of the Golden Badge “For Merits to the Silesian Voivodeship”. Patron and connoisseur of art, and at the same time a great supporter of the Silesian Cultural Centre, who has supported the institution financially several times, sponsoring the publication of the catalogue “Incidental & Accidental” in 2016 and the organisation of the great exhibition “Creators of Silesian Culture” in 2017. Eugeniusz Orłowski also organised an exhibition of photograms of “Creators of Silesian Culture” at the O&S headquarters.
Aleksander König – a graduate of the Jagiellonian University and the Staszic Secondary School in Tarnowskie Góry. Co-founder of the brand and president of the company Café Silesia – Gryfny Kafyj. Musician and philanthropist, conductor of the Camillian Brass Band and trombonist and leader of the Silesian Brass Quartet. Winner of the Mayor’s Cultural Awards in Tarnowskie Góry and Miasteczko Śląskie and the Silesian Opera Statuette as “Patron of the Opera”. President of the Chamber of Industry and Commerce in Tarnowskie Góry and initiator of many social and charitable actions.
Maria Kurtz – a resident of Tarnowskie Góry, graduate of Art Education at the University of Silesia in Cieszyn, specialisation: painting. Instructor of art classes at the Jordan’s Youth Cultural Centre in Tarnowskie Góry.