„Art in the High Noon” is a cycle of meetings about art and broadly understood culture, addressed to people aged 60+
Admission free
Participants need to apply early (groups up to 25 people)
Recurring meetings, the first Friday of each month at 12:00pm
Duration of each workshop: 1.5 hours
Meeting at the main hall by the checkout
Please apply by email:
or by phone: 52 339 30 64
the workshop coordinator: Piotr Wąsowski, assistant in the Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz, art historian, lecturer
The meetings offer discussions on contemporary art and creative activities that develop cognitive processes, improving manual dexterity by learning different art techniques and forms of art. For the meetings, we selected art historians, critics, artists and experts, who will talk about various, very colourful aspects of contemporary culture. Interdisciplinarity of the meetings, original themes, displaying the value of joint participation will help participants discover their own path of interpretation and contemplation of the art world.


April 1, 2016 (12:00pm)
Subject: Emotion clothed in fabric
Presented by: Katarzyna Gutowska
Let’s feel the texture of fabric with our fingers, let’s choose its colour. We will compile elements to form a whole. A whole not obvious to everyone. A whole that is clear and personal for the creator. We will think about a selected emotion, try to describe it, tame it, put it within a frame. During the workshop, the participants will have the opportunity to create a collage using fabrics. Classes will help the participants to discover fabric in a different form. Together, we’ll get into the analysis of the structures and textures and their impact on the final result.
Katarzyna Gutowska – a dressmaker, on good terms with crafts. She designs, creates, searches for and forms the childhood dreams.

May 6th, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: Perception of ancient art and culture in the contemporary pop culture
Presented by: Tomasz Sińczak
What connects the antiquity with our times?
During the meeting, we will learn about the extent of the connections between the output of ancient art and contemporary culture. The participants will get acquainted with migration of the artistic themes and the civilisations from which they originate. Then – in the practical part – we will assign particular themes to contemporary objects. By removing specific artistic themes of old and of today, each of the participants will be able to memorise particular patterns, determine their origins and assign them properly.
Tomasz Sińczak – historian, art historian. PhD student at the Ancient History Unit of the Department of Historical Sciences at the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. He researches the relationships between the Roman Empire and Iran during the reign of the Sassanid dynasty. Member of the Editorial Board of the „Starożytności magazine, co-author of the Res Militaris” volumes, collections of studies on ancient warfare. Since 2012, the reviewer at the historia.org.pl and o-historii.pl sites.

June 3rd, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: Theatre of Drawing
Presented by: Monika Wirżajtys
Referring to the idea of the Drawing Theatre of Franciszek Starowieyski, we will organise a meeting during which major roles will be played by stories. At the same time, objects with experiences, images and memories stored in them will undergo artistic revitalisation. Therefore, we ask you to bring with you one thing which is linked to a story. The workshop will concentrate on constructing stories, which in turn will be reflected in a jointly created monumental drawing.
Monika Wirżajtys – an expert on theatre, a psychologist and psychotherapist. A great fan of value- and meaning-oriented creativity, director of theatrical performances, film shorts, author of fairy tales and songs. In her work, she uses art, psychodrama and somatic experiencing. She co-founded the Art-House Foundation and a Born2Create Communication Cabinet. She runs the Dream Factory Foundation. As a therapist and trainer, I work with the Institute of Integral Psychotherapy and the Development Studio „ProArche”. She teaches, conducts training and workshops.

July 1, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: Design – feel it, taste it, touch it!
Presented by: Honorata Gołuńska
Design is a phenomenon. It includes almost all areas of our lives and has no definite form. Its main goal is to facilitate and improve, it’s supposed to be friendly not only to people, but also to animals and nature. It applies both to the material things and to the specific "events" at the stage of the project. During the classes, the applied arts and everything that fits the concept of design will be presented in a multifaceted manner, becoming an excuse for a sentimental journey into the past, when industrial design was just emerging. The workshop part will help develop the perceptual capabilities of the participants in relation to an object – not only that which is in everyday use, but also that which is presented at exhibitions. Stimulating empathy by developing non-visual senses, such as touch, taste or smell, will help understand ”the language of things” and develop creative thinking. Each participant will have the opportunity to design a piece of their own exhibition using specific projects of Polish design. The workshop will allow the participants to not only „make friends” with the object, but also boost the design potential in all of us.
Honorata Gołuńska – assistant in the Graphics Department of the Leon Wyczółkowski Regional Museum in Bydgoszcz. A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun. Since 2013, a PhD student in the field of the art sciences at the Department of Museology. Member of the post-ART Science Association (Nicolaus Copernicus University). Author of graphics exhibitions and science publications. Interested in the latest art exhibition, above all graphics, applied arts and design.

August 5th, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: Experiments with the body – Orlan, Stelarc, Abramović
Presented by: Łukasz Kędziora
A meeting to present the contemporary performers who use their own bodies in their art. The main topic will be the different kinds of transformations, modifications and supplements of the body. The classes will be divided into two stages: in the first, participants will gain substantive knowledge and watch the most representative examples of body art. In the second part, we will experiment with repeating the famous New York’s implementation of Marina Abramovic’s "The Artist Is Present" .
Łukasz Kędziora – art historian. Graduate of the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań. PhD student in the Department of History, Nicolaus Copernicus University in Torun. Holder of the grants of the Universit; della Calabria, Facolta’ di Lettere e Filosofia, of the Fund for Supporting Artistic Work of the Polish Society of Authors and Composers, and of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Participant of summer school at the Sainsbury Institute for Art at the University of East Anglia. Co-organiser of cultural events, author of reviews and critical texts. He specialises in the emerging field of neuronal interpretation of works of art. He is interested mainly in new methodologies of the humanities, especially bio-humanities. Co-organiser of the Europe’s first Conference on the neurohistory of art.

September 2nd, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: …for the third time! Sold! or how to become a collector
Presented by: Zuzanna Jagodzińska
In recent years, the art market in Poland has been constantly developing. New institutions promoting modern art are being established galleries, auction houses, new exhibition spaces. Each year, there are more and more people interested in creating their own, private collections. During the workshop, we introduce the participants to the subject of art work turnover, mainly on the Polish market. During the discussion, we’ll touch upon such topics as what the auction of art works is, what one should know and what to look for when buying the works of contemporary artists. The participants will have the opportunity to learn the auction vocabulary, learn about the types of buyers for the art market and the mechanisms which govern the art market. A variety of activities carried out in the form of listing and discussing examples of works by contemporary artists, as well as a short analysis of these images will familiarise the participants with the situation on the Polish art market. The conversation will be complemented by a presentation of materials such as auction catalogues and by playing fragments of films devoted to the subject of auctioning and collecting.
Zuzanna Jagodzińska – employee of the Art Gallery NEXT and the NEXT – Art Auctions House in Bydgoszcz. A graduate of the Kazimierz Wielki University in Bydgoszcz (Protection of Cultural Goods) and the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań (history of art). She collaborates on individual and group exhibitions, exhibitions preceding auctions and auctions themselves. In addition to contemporary art collecting she is also interested in the art of the pre-Columbian art, which she explores from the scientific point of view.

October 7th, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: Vividness of theatrical and movie image. Scenography workshop for seniors
Presented by: Jakub Łukasz Syrkowski
Who is a stage/film set designer?
How is a stage design created?
How is a stage designer’s work different from a film set designer’s work?
During the workshops, the participants will have the opportunity to learn how a stage/film set designer works. The workshop will be presented by Jakub Syrkowski, a student of painting and stage design at the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław. The workshop will consist of two parts theoretical, during which the young set designer will be talking about his first film and theatrical works, and the uniqueness of this profession. In the second, practical part of the meeting, the participants will be able to design their own film sets or stage designs. The meeting will be concluded by a joint discussion and consultation on how to translate a conceptual sketch into the area of the film or theatre.
Jakub Łukasz Syrkowski – a student of the Eugeniusz Geppert Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław – the 4th year of Painting and the 2nd year of Stage Design. Vice-President of the Student Government at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław and the President of the Scientific Circle of the Scenography Students. In the art of painting he is interested in the issue of deformation, colour values, as well as a variation on the essence of nature. The topic of his research is the portrait, landscape and still life. The biggest inspiration he finds in the art of expressionism, colourism and abstraction.

November 4th, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: Italian city in modern literature and art
Presented by: Anna Szypryt
During the meeting, we’ll take the participants on a fascinating journey through Italy. We’ll talk about the history of Italian cities from the Renaissance until the modern times. We will tell about cities and towns with their literary presentations and examples from Polish and Italian painting. During the presentation we’ll also talk about famous people, such as: Italo Calvino, Oriana Fallaci, Tiziano Scarpa, as well as Czesław Miłosz, Jarosław Mikołajewski, Joanna Ugniewska, Wisława Szymborska, Bernardo Bellotto, Canaletto or Aleksander Gierymski. Together with the participants, we will discuss the relationship between the cities, among others: Zamość-Padua, Warsaw-Venice, Bologna-Toruń. During the workshop, each of the participants will have the opportunity to recognise the styles, the eras, the most famous places and monuments. We will play the roles of urban planners and researchers searching for traces of Italian style in Polish literature and art.
Anna Szypryt – teacher of Italian and English in the Cherry School in Warsaw. Graduate of the Nicolaus Copernicus University in Toruń (European studies combined with Italian philology) and Italian Philology at the University of Warsaw. Fascinated with contemporary literature, especially historical novel, as well as the history, culture and art of the Renaissance Italy. Lover of long travels and photography. Currently, she also collaborates with the largest Polish-Italian magazine in Poland, Gazzetta Italia.

December 2nd, 2016 (12pm)
Subject: Papers painted on water
Presented by: Agnieszka Gorzaniak

We will paint, play with colours, but not necessarily on paper. We’ll allow some amount of coincidence and randomly selected colour combinations, will rub against abstract art. The participants will see the forgotten technique of creating decorative papers. They will have the opportunity to try it themselves and create their own designs. During the workshop, we’ll also learn about the artists who are the masters in this field.
Agnieszka Gorzaniak – a conservator and restorer of works of art. A graduate of the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Nicolaus Copernicus in Torun. Curator at the Municipal Gallery bwa in Bydgoszcz. Fascinated with the techniques of paper marbling. She marbles papers herself and willingly shares the experience gained. She also runs art workshops for children and young people.
The organizer reserves the right to change the themes and schedules of the workshops.

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