Project development


The unsatisfactory condition of the infrastructure of the Centre for theatre Practices “Gardzienice”, which hampered the widening of the Centre’s artistic activities, was for many years a source of struggle aimed at restoring the palace complex.


In 2004 technical documentation of full reconstruction of the Gardzienice complex was developed by Prof. Jerzy Uścinowicz and his collaborators. According to this, a new building, called the “Greek Scene”, connected with the (main) palace outbuilding was to be erected. The palace park should be renovated and new objects were to be built there: an amphitheatre, “cenobia” (a one-storey house with several rooms) and a “Living Wall”. The project was recognized as highly valuable and was included in the list of projects to be co-financed by the European Union, in the framework of the Integrated Programme of Regional Development. Unfortunately, reservations of the Lublin Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments made the implementation of this ambitious project impossible.


 Wizualizacja Sceny Greckiej 2004

Visualisation of Prof. Jerzy Uścinowicz’s project of 2004 – the „Greek Scene”. Author: J. Uścinowicz


Without the possibility to implement the 2004 project, the Centre’s attention moved towards the adaptation of existing buildings for artistic use: a shed built in the 1970s for Gardzienice’s cooperative (kolkhoz) and a 19th-century Granary. Thus, technical documentation of the reconstruction of these objects was accomplished in 2007 by Prof. Uścinowicz and his team.


In 2008 the Lubelskie regional government handed over the palace along with the northern (small) outbuilding to “Gardzienice”. Its condition was appalling, the eastern wall of the palace was close to collapsing. 


Repairs protecting the palace against a construction disaster – Summer 2009. Phot. by W. Goleman


Having realized the danger of a construction disaster, the Centre implemented quick repairs in Summer 2009, which saved the historical monument. Then, it commissioned a Cracow architectural company, GRIB (selected in a public procurement procedure) to develop full technical documentation of the renovation of both buildings. The chief architect was Leszek Jasiński.


A pre-condition for the development of a construction project were archaeological excavations as well as historical-architectural research, ordered by Lublin Office for the Protection of Historical Monuments. Accomplished in two stages, in Autumn 2009 and in Spring 2010, these works led to important discoveries: in the place of the palace, remnants of a late medieval defensive structure were found, with two stone towers on the western side. This fact necessitated the alteration of the technical project, so that it included the exposition of the relics.


Once the technical documentation was ready, we were able to submit an application for financing by the European Union, in the framework of the Operational Programme “Infrastructure and Environment” (Priority 11, Action 11.1). In June 2010 Mr. Bogdan Zdrojewski, the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, announced his decision to grant the UE subvention of 16.95 mln PLN to the project. Financial contribution to the project was also granted by the regional government of Lubelskie.



Minister of Culture and National Heritage, Bogdan Zdrojewski and the Marshall (head of regional government) of Lubelskie Region, Krzysztof Grabczuk in Gardzienice – on the remnants of a 15th-century castle tower – June 17th, 2010. Phot. by W. Goleman


After the signing of the project contract (Aug.4th, 2010) the Centre announced public procurement procedures in order to receive tenders for the implementation of construction works. As a  result, the contract for the reconstruction of the Granary was signed with a consortium of companies: Art-Kon Sławomir Wszoła (from Zamosc) and AC-Konserwacja (Cracow), and the contract for renovation of the palace and the northern outbuilding was signed with a Lublin company, “Arcus”.