Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris

The Institution


A few years ago a Silesian artist named Wojtek Kucharczyk compared the potential of Silesian art to a rotating black diamond. Mysterious and enticing.

The Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis was formed in 1994. Its main activities include the organisation of the annual Upper Silesian Chamber Arts Festival and the promotion of Silesian art and culture in Poland and abroad.

The Ars Cameralis Upper Silesian Chamber Arts Festival for years has been attracting both prominent and often young, talented artists, who should be exposed to a wider audience. Over its 25 editions the Festival has hosted many artists, including The Kronos Quartet, Vaclav Havel, Jaromir Nohavica, Witold Szalonek, Henryk Mikołaj Górecki, Emma Kirkby, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra from Tychy, Piotr Anderszewski, Philippe Jarousky, Il Giardino Harmonico, Wisława Szymborska, Venice Baroque Orchestra, Jane Birkin, Laurie Anderson, Emir Kusturica, John Cale and Vashti Bunyan. The programme of theatrical performances and art shows over the years included the works of David Lynch, Zofia Rydet, Paweł Althamer, Lech Majewski, Krystian Lupa, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Kishin Shinoyama and Pablo Picasso.

Discovering new ideas, trends and talents has become one of the missions of Ars Cameralis, as help in fulfilling the task of promoting Silesian art and culture abroad. The most spectacular manifestations of this field of activity was the presentation of various achievements of the Silesian Region at the World EXPO, both in Hanover as well as in Zaragoza, as well as during the Silesian Days organised in North Rhine-Westphalia, Bratislava, Vienna, Dresden, Budapest, Gothenburg, Miskolc, Berlin and the Art Week in Beloeil. Our Institution has also organised exhibitions and projects promoting artists originating from Silesia (including exhibitions in Milan, at MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York or during the Venice Biennale), as well as the presentation of the North Rhine-Westphalia Region in Upper Silesia. The Institution also collaborates with recognised and respected Silesian festivals: Off Festival and Tauron Nowa Muzyka.

Since 2013 Ars Cameralis is actively involved in the organisation of Industriada A Celebration of Industrial Monuments Route, organising multimedia events in the Katowice-Szopienice Zinc Mill.

Ars Cameralis was also a partner of the TOOL QUIZ project, co-financed by the EU under the INTERREG IVC program, representing Silesia in this interregional project. Our Institution has participated for three years in the identification process highlighting good practices in the field of creative arts economy and cultural industries in seven European regions. Another EU-funded project was dubbed Design Silesia, mainly organised by the Voivodeship Marshal Office. As part of this project Ars Cameralis prepared the Mobile Design Containers  presentations of the best examples of Polish design — as well as the solar powered bench project  Lightbench. We have also issued a number of publications, including the English version of Silesian Design Icons.

The extraordinary cultural potential of Upper Silesia is unearthed further thanks to our Institution’s publishing activities, which has garnered numerous awards across Europe (including German Design Awards, European Design Awards, Śląska Rzecz and the Polish Advertising Creators Club Award). So far our publications include several volumes of poetry, catalogues, music albums and a graphic novel devoted to Wojciech Korfanty.

Thanks to all the aforementioned activities Ars Cameralis receives cooperation offers from numerous esteemed and prestigious institutions, including the Museum of Art and History of Judaism MAHJ in Paris, the Museum of Contemporary Art Artium Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain, Atelier Clot, Bramsen & Georges in Paris, the Museum of Fine Arts Nancy, Item Editions lithographic studio in Paris, Tonnhalle in Düssseldorf, Polish Institutes in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Paris, Prague and Bratislava, Museum of Fine Arts in Prague. Thanks to this multidimensional cooperation with other institutions and artistic societies, the Institution participates in many events in the region, thus enticing a large group of talented artists and often assuming the role of an agent and promoter of both young and established artists.

Advisory Board

Composition of the Advisory Board to the Cultural Institution Ars Cameralis Silesiae Superioris — Upper Silesian Chamber Arts Festival in Katowice.

Paweł Gabara


Ewa Kafel

representative of the City of Katowice, manager of the Institute for Promotion and Popularisation of Music “Silesia” in Katowice.

Tomasz Konior

owner of the design and construction company „KONIOR”

Marek Moś

director the the AUKSO Chamber Orchestra in Tychy

Ewa Niewiadomska

culture editor at Radio Katowice

Prof. Marian Oslislo

visual artist,
teacher at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice

Dariusz Pawelec, PhD

specialist in Polish phililogy
teacher at the Silesian Univeristy in Katowice

Katarzyna Pryc

culture manager,
director of the “Rialto” Theatre and Cinema in Katowice

Jarosław Makowski

representative of the Silesian Regional Assembly

Ewa Zawadzka

visual artist