One of the chief statutory objectives pursued by Ars Cameralis is to participate in Polish culture programmes as part of European cultural projects as well as promotion of Silesian artists both locally and abroad.
Discovering new ideas, trends and talents has thus become one of the missions of Ars Cameralis, as help in fulfilling the task of promoting Silesian art and culture abroad.
Between 2002 and 2003, the Institution organised Silesian Culture Days in the North Rhine-Westphalia region. The event included a performance by the Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble Camerata Silesia with the German singer Barbara Schlick. Numerous concerts of classical and jazz music, film screenings, exhibitions of photographs, graphics and performative acts were organized in Düsseldorf, Aachen and Cologne. A year later, in 2004 Ars Cameralis organised North Rhine-Westphalia Culture Days in various Silesian cities.
Our Institution has also been involved in the promotion of the region during Expo 2000 in Hannover (this included concerts by KWK Kleofas Miner Brass Band, Hunter Signalers Band, AUKSO Chamber Orchestra, performances by Cogitatur Theatre, Rhythm Theatre, Gliwice Musical Theatre, „EPT’Y” Theatre, exhibition of works by students of the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice, drawing workshops by Animated Film Studio in Bielsko Biala) and Expo 2008 in Zaragoza (film music concert performed AUKSO Chamber Orchestra conducted by Marek Moś and Katowice City Singers’ Ensemble Camerata Silesia).
The international cultural activity of Ars Cameralis also includes individual exhibitions and projects promoting artists from Silesia. These included Wojciech Prażmowski exhibitions in Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi in Milan, Lech Majewski and Sławomir Rumiak shows during the Venice Biennale, and Lech Majewski at MoMA Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Our separate area of activity in terms of international cooperation is the preparation and coordination of residencies – inviting the most interesting artists of the international art scene to Upper Silesia, where they create separate, subjective projects related to the locality, the place and its specificity, and that follow the trail of the region’s history (so far the residents include Carole Benzaken, Catherine Boch and Marta Caradec).
As part of this exchange programme, a Silesian artist Matilda Sałajewska has created spatial installations in Strasbourg.
The Institution also had the honour of hosting Nicolas Topor, Laurie Anderson, David Lynch, Jake Chapman, Christian Bramsen and Jean Michael Alberola, among others. These artists were also invited to meet with and teach the students of Katowice Academy of Fine Arts.
In recent years, Ars Cameralis participated in international European programmes. Since 2004 as a member of the Anna Lindth Foundation, whose statutory purpose is to promote intercultural dialogue made possible through a cultural, intellectual, and social exchange, an economic, political and cultural cooperation between states of the European Union and Mediterranean countries. The result of operating as part of this network was the Euromed Mediterranean Music Festival, held in Katowice between 2008 and 2011. Its aim was to present music created in the countries of the Mediterranean basin.
Between 2010 and 2013 Ars Cameralis was also a partner of the TOOL QUIZ project, co-financed by the EU under the INTERREG IVC programme, representing the Silesian region 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 project co-financed by the European Union (from the Human Capital. National Cohesion Strategy fund) was Design Silesia (2010–2013), mainly organised by the Silesian Voivodeship Marshal Office. Under the objectives of the program Ars Cameralis prepared the Mobile Design Container, a mobile public presentation of the best examples of Polish design, which toured Silesian cities. The Lightbench project as well as other creative projects were also part of the programme.
International Partners of Ars Cameralis
Galeries and Ateliers:
The White Cube (London)
303 Gallery (New York)
Casa Zavala. Fundación Antonio Saura (Cuenca)
Atelier Clot, Bramsen & Georges (Paris)
Item Editions (Paris)
ARTIUM, Centro Museo Vasco de Arte Contemporáneo (Vitoria-Gasteiz)
Polish Institutes operating in: Berlin, Düsseldorf, Paris, Prague, Bratislava