Australia Council for the Arts 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 Polo 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).
Australia Council for the Arts
Since 1992, the Australia Council for the Arts has partnered with Acme to provide London work/live residency opportunities for Australian visual artists. These residencies are located at Acme's Fire Station in Poplar, E14. Application and selection is undertaken directly by the Australia Council for the Arts.
For more information visit australiacouncil.gov.au