Artur Lyczba, ‘Sometimes, Someplace, Now’ Oil on linen

Welcome to the Polish Art Foundation 

The Polish Art Foundation (PAF) is a not for profit voluntary organisation that is dedicated to showcasing contemporary art to the Australian community.


 8th International Drawing Biennale

  In memory of Tomasz Ostrowski

Time is flying fast, and PAF will soon organise the 8th International Drawing Biennale!
This drawing competition will be held on the 7th October to 13th October 2015, at the Victorian Artist Society Gallery in Melbourne.

Artworks should be submitted by 15th July 2015.

As a reminder we would like to mention that the 1st prize recipient receives $A1,500 and the entry fee for artists is now $A90.

For full entry details please download the Entry Form.

A national festival celebrating 40 years of Polish heritage and culture in Australia

A call for entries to all artists of Polish descent!
We invite you to participate in our unique visual arts exhibition program. 
All short listed works will be exhibited at The Victorian Artists Society Gallery in East Melbourne and Steps Gallery in Carlton. 

For more information visit www.polart2015.com.au

Expression of interest submissions close 15 May 2015

October 2014

'TABOO' - A thematic exhibition, 9-14 October 2014

Victorian Artists Sociey Gallery
430 Albert Street, East Melbourne

Our ‘Taboo’ exhibition opening took place on the 10th of November 2014 at the Victorian Artists Society gallery.

We were honoured by the presence of the Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Mrs Regina Jurowska, Dr George Luk-Kozika, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Poland, Ms Eileen Mackley, President of Victorian Artists Society, Mr Marian Janczak, President of the Polish Art Foundation and Mr Jerzy Glac, Curator of the exhibition.

The 59 art works on show, brought out a 150 strong crowd of art lovers on the night, who came to see and experience what artists from different parts of the world have to say about the chosen subject of ‘taboo’.

The ‘Taboo’ exhibition turned out to be a great success for both our artists and the organisers.
There were many discussions, some heated, among the crowd that stayed till late.
It is worth mentioning, that the polish food thanks to Wisla Continental was excellent and the wine was well appreciated by our patrons on that warm spring night.

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Taboo Opening Night.
August 2014

Retrospective: celebrating 35 years of the Polish Art Foundation

In August 2014 The Polish Art Foundation held a Retrospective exhibition at the Steps Gallery in Carlton, showcasing works painstakingly collected
by the foundation for almost four decades.

Bringing together nearly 40 artworks, the exhibition featured painting, print collages and drawings made in a variety of techniques, an array of subject matter.
This was the first major exhibition devoted to the new scope of PAF's collection.

​View some of the artworks in our collection.


August 2013

7th International Drawing Biennale

Grand Prix
Pawel Warchol
Inferno I, Ink on paper

2nd Prize
Irena Ferguson
Lisa, Pencil on paper
3rd Prize
Alexandru Jakabhazi
Angel, Mixed Media
Honourable Mention
Terence Beer
Butterfly, Pencil & ink

The Polish Art Foundation has recently held another highly successful exhibition namely the 7th International Drawing Biennale, which took place at the Steps Gallery in Carlton, Melbourne. Almost 100 patrons attended our Opening Night, held on Friday the 23rd of August 2013. 
The Tomasz Ostrowski International Drawing Biennale was launched by the Foundation in 2001, that first competition attracted 128 submissions from 14 countries. The 7th Biennale showcased 58 works, of a total of 105 entries, sent by 37 artists from places all over the world!

We wanted to congratulate all of our participating artists and thank them on behalf of the Board for their support of this competition throughout the last 14 years. We would particularly like to thank our Jury Panel for their professional deliberations and expertise: Mrs Eve Crocker, Mr David Glyn Davis, Mr Marian Janczak, Mr Allan Mitelman and Mr Jarek Wojcik.

And last but not least we would like to formally acknowledge all of our sponsors in particular the ongoing support of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney. as well as Anguz Motors, Bohemia Travel, Henry Bernard P/L, Wisla Continental, Barbara and Lew Steinberg and Tygodnik Polski.