Born in Sydney, Australia. Qualifications include an MA in Communication Design from Central Saint Martins in London, UK and a BA Visual Arts Degree from the College of Fine Arts (UNSW), Sydney, Australia. Polly has been the recipient of The Redland Art Prize, The NSW Travelling Art Scholarship and The Dyason Bequest from The Art Gallery of NSW. Residencies awarded include: The Arthur Boyd Residency, Italy (The Australia Council), The Moya Dyring Residency, Paris (The Art Gallery of NSW), The Onslow Storrier Residency, Paris (The National Art School) for 2006 and 2017, DRAWinternational, France, WASPS Studios, Glasgow, UK, The Gunnery Studio, Sydney (NSW Ministry for the Arts). Polly is also represented in collections such as The Art Gallery of NSW, Artbank Australia, University of Sydney, Redland Art Gallery and private collections throughout Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Europe and the UK. She currently works and lives in Sydney, Australia

 

2018

  • Semi-Finalist, Doug Moran Portrait Prize, Sydney, Australia

  • Sentient Visibility, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Figuratively Speaking, A collaboration with Anthony Cahill (part of The Red Herring Project #3, AirSpace, Sydney, Australia

2017

  • The Portia Geach Memorial Award, S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney Australia

  • Onslow Storrier Residency, Cite International des Arts, Paris, France

  • Collaboration: Red Herring 2, A Matter of Difference, Cahill/Joannou, AirSpace, Sydney, Australia

  • Line & Space curated by Suzie Idiens, Crawford Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition: In And Beyond The Walls of the Roman Forum, University Gallery, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition curated by Nick Vickers: Class Act, See Street Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition: Greyscale: Drawing Projects UK, Bridge House, 10 Stallard Street, Trowbridge BA14 9AE UK (opens 6th April 2017)

  • Group exhibition Found and Made, Stacks Projects, 191 Victoria Street, Potts Point

2016

  • Group exhibition Drawing Conversations, Rayner Hoff Gallery, The National Art School, Sydney, Australia

  • Collaboration Red Herring (A Matter of Difference), Cahill/Joannou, AirSpace, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition Greyscale, Artspace Mackay, Mackay, Queensland

  • Group exhibition Greyscale, Glass House Port Macquarie Gallery, Port Macquarie, NSW, Australia

2015

  • Finalist Paddington Art Prize, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition Greyscale, Rayner Hoff Gallery, The National Art School, Sydney, Australia Finalist Deakin University Contemporary Small Sculpture Award, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria

  • Group exhibition Feral Articulate Project Space, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition Openings, AirSpace, Sydney, Australia

2014

  • Solo exhibition Devolving Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Solo exhibition SNO 103 SNO Contemporary Art Project Space, Sydney, Australia

  • Finalist Grace Cossington Smith Prize Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, Australia Group exhibition Drawing As Thought Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, Sydney, Australia Group exhibition Melbourne Art Fair Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Melbourne, Australia

  • Group exhibition Cologne Art Fair Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Cologne, Germany

  • Group exhibition Hong Kong Art Fair Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Hong Kong

2013

  • Group exhibition New Australian Painting Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia Finalist Connexion Points Willoughby Sculpture Prize, Sydney, Australia

2012

  • Solo exhibition Recent Work Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia Group exhibition Microworlds Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2011

  • Group exhibition Boxes Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition Kitchen Project The Trans-Siberian Arts Centre, curated by Britt Salt & Jon Hewitt, UK & China

2010

  • Solo exhibition Pollyxenia Joannou Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia Group exhibition Death Be Kind Upstairs @ The Alderman, Melbourne, Australia Group exhibition Ascent Into Infinity Delmar Gallery, Sydney

  • Group exhibition Atelier The National Art School Paris Studio, Charles Hewitt Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition CRUX McGlade Gallery, Australian Catholic University, Sydney & Melbourne, Australia

2009

  • Group exhibition SNO 55 Sydney Non Objective Gallery Space, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition When Ideas Become Form Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia Group exhibition Ceramicism Delmar Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2008

  • Solo exhibition To Black…Sex & Death Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

2007

  • Solo exhibition Paris Residency Work Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Cologne, Germany

  • Group exhibition Factory 49, Sydney, Australia

2006

  • Solo exhibition Nest Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2005

  • Group exhibition Minimal Approach – Concrete Tendencies curated by Conny Dietzschold, Tin Sheds Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2004

  • Solo exhibition Pollyxenia Joannou Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition Australian Concrete Constructive Art Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition UR in EU curated by Nick Vickers, Sir Hermann Black Gallery, University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia

2002 – 2003

  • Group exhibition Concrete II Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

  • Group exhibition Boxes Conny Dietzschold Gallery, Sydney, Australia

bibliography

  • Redland Art Awards 2016, by Phil Brown, Arts Editor, The Courier Mail, November 2016

  • Redland Gallery Art Award, The Brisbane Courier, October 2016

  • Pollyxenia Joannou Recent Works, Open Gallery, Sydney Morning Herald, Sept 29-30 2012

  • Boxes, Open Gallery, Sydney Morning Herald, Dec 10-11 2011

  • Double take: Conny Dietzschold International by Maurice O’Riordan, Art Monthly Australia, Dec 2009 – Feb 2010 issue

  • Australian Artists in Italy Judith Blackall, Monash University Press, August 2008

  • Least They Could Do by John McDonald, Sydney Morning Herald, May 21-22 2005

  • Australian Concrete Constructive Art by Dominique Angeloro, Sydney Morning Herald, 26 Nov 2004

  • UR in EU by Dominique Angeloro, Sydney Morning Herald, 30 April 2004

  • The Portia Geach National Portrait Gallery website, October 2003

  • Curating by Intuition by Terry Ingram, Art Collector, Issue 21, Oct-Dec 2002

  • Second Language by Beth Jackson, Art & Text, No. 41, Jan 1992

  • Arts Review Stilletto Magazine, No. 38, March 1987

  • Arts Review (London) by Ian Cowie, Art Line (London), Vol. II No. 2, May 198

artist statement, 2016

To arrive

Far from what is familiar

Bringing what is familiar

Layers

The past the future

The unknown

The hybrid