Art Burt, outsider art, or naïve art – there are only a few terms which describe the non-professional art. Due to many small and blurred differences, its classification is conventional, however, the definitions say that non-professional art is a movement in art when an artwork is created by a person who lacks the formal education and training that a professional artist undergoes.

According to the historical sources, the naïve art was born in France. Anatole Jakovsky, a founder of the Museum of Naive Art in Niece, defined this art movement for the first time in 20th Century. Based on studies conducted in six continents and many countries, he confirmed that the naïve art cannot be described by a school or used technique. This style is more concentrated on emphasizing the natural talent of artists. Jakovsky’s research has promoted the naïve art as well as expanded a canon of naïve painters, where at the beginning only five French artists were listed: Rousseau, Seraphine, Bouchanta, Vivina, and Bombois.

The naïve art is often seen as outsider art. One of its main characteristics is that naïve artworks are created spontaneously, with passion and according to the call of heart. It is always true. It enchants and tempts us, is full of humour and reflection, can be melancholic and committed. Usually, the naïve paintings present an idealistic world which is emphasized by vivid colours and a clear contour. Another motif is regionalism – artists often place symbols and their visions on the landscape background, which is a well-known place for them. More importantly, the naïve artworks encourage the audience to use some imagination, turn on emotions and look differently at the world which surrounds us every day.


Australia is the last place discovered by Europeans and due to its isolation, it has become a mysterious place for citizens of Europe. From the cultural perspective, Australia is a melting pot, where the traditions of the West meet the culture of the East, whilst blending with the original Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture. At the XI Art Naif Festiwal we would like to present the beauty of Australian cultural diversity. We hope that our Festival will inspire visitors to learn more about various cultures and traditions.


The Wilson Shaft Gallery and the Eko-Art Silesia Foundation would like to invite artists to co-create the Art Naif Festiwal, which will take place between June 8th, 2018 and August 10th, 2018 in Katowice, Poland. At our festival, all non-professional artists regardless of the age, nationality, or used technique can participate. We want the Art Naif Festiwal to be a place where a wide range of artworks can be presented, emphasizing the beauty of the world’s diversity, regionalism and folklore.

The leading country of the XI Art Naif Festiwal is Australia. We understand that naive artists are looking for their own style; therefore, the subject of artworks is not imposed, it does not have to relate to the leading country. On the other hand, please be informed that we only accept artworks that correspond with the naive art movement.

Key dates for artists:
March, 25th 2018 – deadline for submitting applications by artists at
April, 9th 2018 – deadline for informing artists whether they are accepted for the XI Art Naif Festiwal
May, 20th 2018 – deadline for delivering accepted artwork to the Wilson Shaft Gallery in Katowice
June, 8th 2018 – the XI Art Naif Festiwal vernissage
August, 10th 2018 – the XI Art Naif Festiwal closing event

We encourage you to read the Regulations, fill in the Technical Description and apply for the XI Art Naif Festiwal!

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at:


Here you will find the program of the XI Art Naif Festiwal. It will be published in June 2018.


As in previous years, it will be possible to buy most of the artworks which are presented at the XI Art Naif Festiwal. In order to facilitate you a selection, a catalog of artworks for sale will be published here just before the XI Art Naif Festiwal.