first, Mała Galeria has been located in a historic building on Jagiellońska
Street. That manor house was built at the turn of XVII/XVIII
centuries and It belongs to the Marschalek family. Since 1972 the manor
house has been a listed building. Our beginning is connected to the
ZPAP. Nowy Sącz
members of this association of polish artists were engaged in
organizational activities. They were arranging exhibitions as well. Mała
Galeria succeeded by dint of the social activity of artists as the ZPAP’s
department could not provide the full payment for displays.
few months after the revival
of ZPAP, when the
elections for a management in Nowy Sącz
branch were done,
the new era for establishments has begun.
The head of Mała Galeria, Alicja Hebda, accepting the moral right of
artists for using the manor house as an abode of the association, has started
strict cooperation with the management. By working together,
they have enriched the cultural and art performances. It was a very beneficial
movement for ZPAP. The president of the Nowy Sącz branch, Andrzej Szarek, was
responsible for arrangement of events, and made a valued contribution to the
today’s image of Mała Galeria. Year by year the variety of performances
has been improving with his assistance, as
well- known artists have been invited to Mała Galeria.
By uniting the forces, Mała Galeria BWA became a place where artistic circles
integrated together, and where people were mobilized to create and perform new
so that cultural performances could be more various.
January 1994 Mala Galeria has became the branch of Nowy Sącz City
Cultural Centre (Miejski Ośrodek
Kultury w Nowym Sączu).
Making no changes in the profile of functioning ,the gallery
continued its ambitious artistic program. A year after that Mała Galeria
has recived an award of “Srebrny Talar” for the most
interesting cultural initiative in Nowy Sacz voivodeship in 1994. This
award was given by council of the competition which was appointed by Sądecko-Podchalańska
(a chamber of commerce).
with renaming the Nowy Sącz City Cultural Centre (Miejski Ośrodek Kultury w Nowym Sączu)
into Nowy Sącz Cultural and Art Centre (Nowosądecki Ośrodek Kultury i Sztuki) In August 1995 there was a
formal change in the name of gallery into Mała Galeria NOKiS. Since April
1996 the gallery has been an independent institution and was renamed into
Nowosądecka Mała Galeria, as it was given a new statute by the council
of Nowy Sącz.
some constant organisational and formal
changes, Mała Galeria has been consequently realising tasks that
had been agreed. It is still widening the offer of artistic and cultural
performances. Besides organising exhibitions (which is the main
gallery’s activity), some other artistic forms are being performed.
There are concerts, happenings, theatre, poetry evenings and meetings with
authors. Artists from all over the country as well as from abroad are
invited to Mała Galeria. Some of the performances have a cyclic character.
Festiwal Form Artystycznych
(The Little Festival of Artistic Forms) is among
most important annual events. There are also concerts “Witold
Buszek przedstawia…”, performances that honors artists
from Nowy Sącz “ Portrety Sądeczan”
and the special cycle of exhibitions "Artysta
We can also mention the events such as “Debiuty”
during which we can see debutantes. A work with youth people is also
carried through “Mała
academia rysunku” (the Little draw academy) which are the
artistically gifted teenagers. Although youth people participate in
all forms of gallery’s activity, the most important for them are
talks and meetings
organized in gallery.
People gathered around this place, and the place itself, both create
loci" - the special atmosphere of Mała
May 2007, together with the gallery’s spirit,
Mała Galeria has moved to the manor house in the Planty