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.
Born in 1969, a humanist by choice and education. He has worked in the Silesian Culture Centre since its foundation. He commutes to work by bike, which he also uses to travel around Europe. He appreciates simplicity, honesty and people. In his academic work, he focused on emigration literature.
Programme Department Manager, historical education
Born in 1968, historian researching the past of Silesian dukes, counts and barons. For this reason, he has visited many a castles, palaces and manor houses. The fact that the Centre has its seat in the former palace of the Counts Henckel von Donnersmarck means that he combines the pleasant, i.e. his passion, with the useful, i.e. his work.
event organisation, human resources
She has been pursuing her vocation, passions and managerial inclinations at the Silesian Centre for Culture since November 2013. A TV and film production organiser by education, she combines in her professional life a passion for art with a commercial flair. In her work she focuses on people and the team she works with. In life, first of all, she is a mother, but also a traveller, searching for divine ways and human hearts, constantly curious about the world, full of humility and distance.
PR & Marketing Specialist
A political scientist by education. She has worked at the Silesian Culture Centre almost from the beginning, i.e. since February 2013. Her work at the Cekus suits her predispositions very well – as a classic Aquarius, she is creative, and her skilful pen (trained during many years of editorial work in the home entertainment industry) is very useful in editing the website and Facebook. Outside of work, she focuses on tracking Polish-Dutch relations, to which she has dedicated two websites: Polen voor Nederlanders and Holland bez tajemnic.
programme, promotion, technical support of events, guided tours
administrative and technical supervision of the palace and its surroundings, technical support for events
He started working at the Centre at the beginning of 2014, as a student at the Academy of Physical Education in Katowice at the Faculty of Physical Education. His field of study is linked to his passion, which is related to physical culture in its broadest sense. Nevertheless, he quickly adapted to the group of humanists and found his place as a person responsible for the technical and administrative side of the Centre’s functioning.
At the Centre since February 2021. She ensures that the office is well organised and assists the team in organising events. She draws energy and inspiration for her activities from her loved ones, in particular her two growing sons. She likes challenges that allow her to acquire new skills. In her free time, she practices yoga and learns to play the ukulele.
photography, graphic design
Precise and reliable, despite her artistic education. The youngest member of the Silesian Culture Centre team. She definitely prefers to act than to talk endlessly. Driven by white coffee in her daily life, she slows down to the sounds of Sigur Rós.
maintenance of the palace, events
Tradesman by education. A native Silesian, resident of Nakło Śląskie. The history of her ancestors is connected with the Henckel von Donnersmarck family. That is why she takes great care of the palace that once belonged to this family, which currently houses the Silesian Culture Centre. Apart from Silesian culture, her interests include Caucasian folklore, especially the lezginka dance.
At the Centre since 2017, acting as the palace’s ‘handyman’. He can do almost anything (this “almost” is a sign of modesty). He is interested in nature, enjoys mushroom and berry picking, and is also familiar with trees. His speciality is debarking trees. But like any real man, he is interested in sports.
At the Centre since March 2019. He a born and raised in Nakło. He enjoys cycling, and is interested in sports and rock music.
The Programme Board of the Silesian Culture Centre acts on the basis of Regulations prepared pursuant to § 8 and § 13 of the Centre’s Statute. It is a consultative and advisory body of the Director of the Centre, and its term of office lasts 4 years. Pursuant to the resolution no. 283/1236/2018. of the Board of the Tarnogórski County, the following were appointed to the Programme Board for the second term (2018-2022): prof. Jan Szmatloch (current chairman), dr. hab. Zbigniew Furgaliński, dr. Mateusz Lewandowski, Eugeniusz Orłowski, Jacek Grysko.
From the left: Eugeniusz Orłowski, director Stanisław Zając, Prof. Jan Szmatloch (the chairman), Jacek Grysko, Zbigniew Furgaliński. PhD, Mateusz Lewandowski. PhD.
Prof. Jan Szmatloch
Lecturer at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, where he runs the Gravure Print Studio in the Department of Printmaking. Active in the area of printmaking (etching) and drawing.
In the years 1975-2016, he participated in 220 community and national exhibitions and in more than 85 exhibitions of Polish graphic art worldwide. He has also participated in international biennials and triennials of printmaking, including in Krakow, London, Toronto, San Francisco, Baden-Baden, Leicester, Chamalières and Sarcelles. His works are extended graphic and drawing cycles (“Windows”, “Landscapes”, “Turnovers”, “Scarps”, “No address”), in which he presents characteristic motifs of Upper Silesia: fragments of old urban and industrial architecture, degraded landscape, etc. His art is part of the tradition of veristic and nostalgic graphics of the Katowice milieu, of which he is one of the most prominent representatives.
Prof. Szmatloch served as chairman during the first term of the PB. He treats the task entrusted to him with great personal commitment and great concern for the affairs of the Centre. This manifests itself not only in his participation in the meetings of the Board, but also in his active shaping of the programme of the institution, his organisation of contacts with visual artists and his regular visits to cultural events organised by the Centre.
Zbigniew Furgaliński, PhD
Associate professor with a postdoctoral degree. Studied at the Faculty of Graphics of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, obtaining a diploma in graphic design and book illustration under Professors Stanisław Kluska and Stanisław Gawron. As deputy administrative director of the Academy of Fine Arts in Krakow, he was greatly involved in making its Katowice branch independent, and later served as dean of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice for several years. Currently, he runs the Studio of Visual Arts at the Design Department of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice and also works as an associate professor at the Academy of Information Technology in Katowice. Specialises in colour lithography, easel and architectural painting. Has numerous realisations in the field of architectural painting and interior design. He is an efficient and effective organiser of numerous projects at his alma mater and outside it. Dr Furgaliński lives in Tworog and is very emotionally attached to the Tarnogórski district.
Mateusz Lewandowski, PhD
A PhD in management science, assistant professor at the Institute of Public Affairs of the Jagiellonian University.
His research interests include public service design and innovation, business models, performance management, and the closed loop economy. His scientific output includes authorship of two scientific monographs and authorship or co-authorship of over 30 scientific papers published in Poland, the UK and the USA. He also works as a consultant in implementation projects in the public sector. He is a member of Programme Boards and Editorial Boards of several international scientific journals, a member of The European Academy of Management (EURAM) and The International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM). As a reviewer he collaborates with journals such as e.g. European Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Change Management, Sustainability. Since the end of 2013, Dr Lewandowski has been a member of the Programme Board of the Silesian Culture Centre, actively participating in its meetings and providing the institution with expertise and advice on innovation in the cultural market
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.
A graduate of the Warsaw School of Economics, the Academy of Music in Wrocław and the University of Economics in Katowice. He is active in the field of public relations, cultural animation and as an event manager. He is a co-organizer of the International G.G. Gorczycki Festival – the biggest musical event in the Silesian Voivodship, which aims at promoting masterpieces of vocal and instrumental music with particular consideration for the works of the most outstanding Polish Baroque composer, Silesian-born Grzegorz Gerwazy Gorczycki. As the owner of Kofeina Public Relations Agency, he deals with building media image of companies and media individuals. Another field of Jacek Grysko’s activity is the organisation of various types of events (outdoor, company meetings, trainings, local government events) within the Superimprez.pl company and photography within the Kofeina Artistic Photography company.
Since 2016. Jacek Grysko, very actively cooperates with the Centre – as a sponsor, organiser of the Gorczycki Festival, co-organiser of events, photographer, creator of the website, providing assistance in the cultural activities of the Centre, PB and organisation of events, e.g. bike rides. Being a resident of Nakło Śląskie, he is available to the Centre practically at any time.