Acme Studios — Tom Polo

Supporting Artists since 1972

Tom Polo

Associate Artist Residency

Tom Polo uses painting and painted environments to explore how conversation, doubt and gesture are embodied acts of portraiture. Frequently incorporating text and figurative elements, Tom’s works draw upon acute observations, absurdist encounters, personal histories and imagined personas. An ongoing interest across his practice, is the emotional and performative relationships between people within social, theatrical and psychological space.

Tom has exhibited at The Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney (2019); Roslyn Oxley9 Gallery, Sydney (2019); Art Brussels, Galerie Transit, Mechelen, Belgium (2018 and 2019); QUT Art Museum, Brisbane (2018); Heide Museum of Modern Art, Melbourne (2018); Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney Australia (2017); Mornington Peninsular Regional Gallery, Victoria (2017); Campbelltown Arts Centre, Sydney (2017); STATION, Melbourne (2017); The Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, Melbourne (2016). Polo was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship (2015) and has also completed residencies at the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris (2016), Artspace, Sydney (2017) and Palazzo Monti, Brescia, Italy (2018).

Associate Artist Residency

Acme's Associate Artist Residency allows artists to apply directly to Acme for shorter-term (up to three months) residency opportunities. These residencies are selected directly by Acme and tailored to suit the development and networking needs of international artists, allowing them to engage in research, develop relationships and focus on their work in a supported environment.

This residency has been supported by the Australia Council for the Arts. For more information visit