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 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. 252/1210/2022. of the Board of the Tarnogórski County, the following were appointed to the Programme Board for the second term (2022-2026): prof. Jan Szmatloch (current chairman), prof. Małgorzata Myśliwiec, dr. hab. Zbigniew Furgaliński, Eugeniusz Orłowski, Jacek Grysko.
From the left: Eugeniusz Orłowski, director Stanisław Zając, Prof. Jan Szmatloch (the chairman), Jacek Grysko, Zbigniew Furgaliński. PhD.
Prof. Małgorzata Myśliwiec
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.
Prof. Małgorzata Myśliwiec
Graduate of the Institute of Political Science and Journalism at the University of Silesia in Katowice. Political scientist, PhD in social sciences in the field of political science, academic teacher at the Silesian University in Katowice, researcher of contemporary political systems, problems of regional and ethno-regional parties in contemporary Europe, and political processes in Upper Silesia. Her research interests include: political systems of the EU and Maghreb states, decentralisation and regionalisation processes in Europe, theory of nation and nationalism, regional and ethno-regional parties in Europe, and public administration in European states.
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.
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.