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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.

December 2015 - January 2016


















Photos from the Official Opening of the Visual Arts Program at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery and Opening of the Steps Gallery in Carlton

For forty years PolArt Festivals have been showcasing Polish heritage and culture in Australia and for almost forty years the Polish Art Foundation has been promoting contemporary art to the Australian public with an emphasis on the Polish contribution to the arts scene in Australia. It is therefore natural that the two organisations should have partnered to showcase the talent of Polish artists who have called Australia home, Polish Australians, and our guest artists from Poland during PolArt 2015 held in Melbourne during December.

The Official Opening of the Visual Arts Program as part of PolArt, the largest arts festival outside of Poland was held on Monday December 28
at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery. We were delighted to host our guest of honour, His Excellency Mr Pawel Milewski, Ambassador of the Republic of Poland as well as Dr George Luk-Kozika, Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Poland and Mrs Denise Luk, Mr Marian Pawlik, President Polish Community Council of Victoria and Mr Jerzy Bakowski, Vice President, PolArt Festival Committee.

The Openingwas attended by 170 patrons  on the night and some 800 people visited our exhibition program over the course of the festival across our two exhibitions spaces at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery and Steps Gallery in Carlton.

Forty one artists participated in our two weekprogram overall, including a guest artist from Warsaw, Szczepan Sadurski, a caricaturist and satirist who drew quick caricature portraits of patrons on the big night.




October 2015

 8th International Drawing Biennale

  In memory of Tomasz Ostrowski

Grand Prix
Emila Pichuta
Geometric Epigraph 4
Pencil on papear

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2nd Prize
Pamela Radino
Fluire Esistenziale III
​Ink on paper

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3rd Prize
Marek Glowacki
Inverse II
​Graphite, pastel, pen

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Honourable Mention
Ryszard Konikowski
Expectation
​Pastel

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On Friday the 9th of October, the Polish Art Foundation hosted its 8th International Drawing Biennale Exhibition Opening.
Patrons enjoyed works from as far away places as Italy, Japan, Poland and Switzerland as well as drawings by some popular local artists.

All up the 49 works were on display. Yet another successful evening filled with art, wine, chatter and the piano sounds of Roman Syrek.
For more information please view our exhibition catalogue.

Our special thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors for your ongoing support.

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney
Capusta Club
Henry Bernard Pty Ltd
Radio SBS
Polish Weekly
Wisla Continental Small Goods Meats and Delicatessen
Dr Lew Steinberg


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.


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