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.

Coming Up

 8th International Drawing Biennale

  In memory of Tomasz Ostrowski

Exhibition dates: 7th October to 15th October 2015, Victorian Artist Society Gallery in Melbourne
Opening Night: Friday 9th October, 7pm for a 7.30pm start.

The 8th International Drawing Biennale is proudly sponsored by the
Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Sydney

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

Artists who have expressed interest in the PolArt visual arts exhibition program are reminded that the photographs of actual art works to be exhibited and information as requested, for selection purposes (Stage One) should be emailed to the Polish Art Foundation (PAF) at polishartfoundation@gmail.com by Friday 28 August 2015. Late entries will not be accepted.

The electronic file must be sent in jpg or PDF format, at a resolution of 300dpi (10cm by 10cm, indicative only).  

All artists need to include the following information:

  1. First name and surname of the author
  2. Title of Work
  3. Medium  
  4. Price (if the work is presented for sale)
  5. Short artist biography: up to 150 words
All correspondence must include the following words in the email header: POLART2015 artwork

For more information about the PolArt Festival please visit the official PolArt website at www.polart2015.com.au


Images by S. Sadurski

Visiting Artist

Mr Szczepan Sadurski

A well-known Polish cartoonist, Mr Szczepan Sadurski, will be visiting Melbourne and participating in our PolArt2015 visual arts program.
Mr Sadurski is a caricaturist and cartoonist working for publishers from Germany, Great Britain, Italy, USA, Turkey and South Africa. He is also a jury member who takes part in many cartoon contests all over Europe and exhibits his works in America, Asia and Europe.

Unique Opportunity

Mr Sadurski is providing individuals with a unique opportunity to have their caricature drawn before the festival, with the completed artwork, featured as part of our exhibition, during POLART at the Victorian Artists Society Gallery.
So if you would like to have your portrait drawn by Poland’s leading cartoonist here is a genuine opportunity, the remaining drawing will be a precious gift or a wonderful keepsake.

Price Guide
A4 Format, Black and white drawing of one person $50.00
A3 Format, Black and white drawing of one person $70.00
A3 Format, Colour drawing of one person $85.00

To contact the artist Mr Szczepan Sadurski, email: dobryhum@wa.onet.pl
Mr Sadurski recommends that interested parties forward a quality photograph, front facing showing details of the face and provide information specific to the individual, to allow him to capture the character of the subject.

Please enter into direct correspondence with the artist to obtain more information. You can also visit www.superpolonia.info/karykatury, to see more details of his work.
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.