Artists in Residence

Katarzyna Koczyńska-Kielan

Born in Wroclaw,  Koczynska-Kielan graduated at the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design where she obtained her master’s degree in 1987 at the Artistic Ceramics and Functional Ceramics Design Studio.
Her fields as a visual artist are ceramics, sculpture and objects.
She has always been professionally associated with her alma mater. 2008 she started to teach ceramics at Wrocław’s Academy at the only existing faculty in Ceramic and glass art in Poland.
In 1993, she created her own Potter’s Wheel Studio, reactivating special pottery techniques, until, in 2020, she received the title of professor.
In the years 1996 until 2002, she served as Vice-Dean for the Faculty of Ceramics and Glass, and from 2005 to 2008 was Head of Department of Ceramics. 2017 she became a laureate of the Lower Silesian Cultural Award and in 2019 she was honored with the Silver Cross of Merit.
She presents her work in international shows and has held lectures in Germany, France, Latvia, Lituania, Portugal, Israel, China, Morocco and Turkey. She also participated in conferences and artist symposiums worldwide.
Koczyńska-Kielan has won several “artist in residencies”, among others in ‘Margarethenhöhe’ in Essen – Germany, twice in Caldas da Rainha – Portugal, at the Anadolu University in Eskisehir – Turkey, in Zvartava-Latvia and in Longquan – China and in the porcelain capital of China: Jingdezhen.
She was a curator and co-curator of large exhibition projects, 31 exhibitions in total, in and outside of Poland.
There are many catalogues, monographs, and artist’s editions about her work which had been displayed in 24 solo shows, as well as over 120 group shows in and outside of Poland.
Her works are in collections of European museums and in important private-collections.
Koczyńska-Kielan lives and works in Wroclaw, Poland


Piotr Kielan

Piotr Kielan was born in 1960 in Jelenia Góra/ Hirschberg. From 1980 to 1985 he studied painting at the E. Geppert Academy of Art and Design. He ended his studies with honors in easel painting and in painting of architecture and urban landscape.
Since 1985, he had been teaching as an assistant at his former University and, after completing his habilitation in 1996, he started to teach drawing. In 2014 he received the title of professor.
From 1999 to 2005 he was head of the Painting Department  and from 2005 to 2012 he was the vice-rector for art and scientific research.
From 2012 to 2020 he was rector of the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław.
He is a curator of dozens of Polish and international exhibitions and artistic projects, author of reviews and catalogue texts, editor of artistic- and reviewer of scientific- publications.
He is continuously  involved as a jury member for painting and drawing competitions.
Piotr Kielan received seven awards from the Rector of Wroclaw  Academy of Fine Arts (first and second degree), as well as the “Merit for Polish Culture” award from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
He is currently a member of the Academic Council of the Academy of Art and Design in Wrocław.
In 2014 he has been decorated by the  President of Poland with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Polonia.
Kielan  paints  large scale canvases, and he is also a skilled drawer and photographer.
He has held 16 solo shows in and outside of  Poland  and has taken part in a total of 55 group  shows and four outdoor projects.
His works are part of museum collections and are present in important private collections in and outside of Poland.  In private life, Kielan is an enthusiastic world traveler. He is also a passionate cyclist and regularly takes part in races. In leisure time he cycles all over Tuscany, la Provence, the Pyrenees and Lower Silesia.

Elisabeth Lalouschek

Elisabeth Lalouschek graduated from the Royal College of Art in 1983. October Gallery, London, held her first solo exhibition that same year. Between 1983 and 1997 she had studios in Mexico City, Vienna and Paris. In 1987 she joined the management team of October Gallery. Lalouschek has won numerous awards including the David Murray Landscape Award, Austrian State Scholarship, British Council Scholarship, Elizabeth Greenshield Award and the George Rowney Bicentennial Special Award. Her work has been exhibited in the UK, Mexico and the USA. Notable group exhibitions include the 214th Summer Show, Royal Academy of Arts, London, UK in 1982, and the exhibition Espacio Violento at the Museum of Modern Art, Mexico City, Mexico, in 1985. Elisabeth Lalouschek is Artistic Director of October Gallery.

Elisabeth Lalouschek’s early signature works consisted of monumental figures, superimposed onto a frenzied landscape of architectural forms and dynamic painterly expressions. The bodies, with their archetypal human presence, carried a multitude of references, from Greek mythology to dystopian film. The early 1990’s saw a major shift in Lalouschek’s practice with a focus on abstract compositions. The result being more fluid and reflective work, exploring the making of space and time.