WEDNESDAY, 19th October 2022, commencing at 7.00pm - via zoom link – details will be provided by email prior to the meeting
All financial members have a right to be represented at, and to vote at this meeting; the right may be exercised by attending in person, or by appointing a proxy, who must be a financial member of the Institute. No delegate may hold or cast more than five proxy votes. A Proxy Form is enclosed with this Notice. The Proxy Form must be emailed by or before 18th October 2022 to the Secretary.
For further details please contact Ms Kasia Muehlhaeuser, the Secretary.
3. MINUTES OF ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING, 27 NOVEMBER 2021
4. MINUTES OF SPECIAL GENERAL MEETING, 25 JUNE 2022
5. PRESIDENT’S REPORT
6. REGIONAL REPORTS
7. TREASURER’S AND AUDITOR’S REPORTS 8. OTHER BUSINESS
To donate to the Polish museum associations cited in the Webinar which are directly aiding Ukrainian museums & museum workers please go to:
1. Committee for Ukrainian Museums (Komitet Pomocy Muzeom Ukrainy) The Warsaw Rising Museum (Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego) The website link in the English language ishere as well as w języku polskim tutaj.
Join our fundraiser led by the Paweł Włodkowic Institute on behalf of the Committee:
PLN account number: 76 1050 1575 1000 0090 8156 1491 Name of Bank: ING Swift code: INGBPLPW Beneficiary: INSTYTUT PAWŁA WŁODKOWICA Title of payment: „Darowizna na rzecz muzeów Ukrainy”
EUR number: 29 1050 1575 1000 0090 3137 2791 Name of Bank: ING Swift code: INGBPLPW Beneficiary: INSTYTUT PAWŁA WŁODKOWICA Title of payment : „Donation to the museums of Ukraine”
USD number: 10 1050 1575 1000 0090 8157 6259 Name of Bank: ING Swift code: INGBPLPW Beneficiary: INSTYTUT PAWŁA WŁODKOWICA Title of payment : „Donation to the museums of Ukraine”
2. ICOM Polska (International Council of Museums Poland)
ICOM Poland is asking for your support in our efforts to help Ukrainian museum professionals. To date we have awarded 10 three-month grants; a further six are being processed. These grants should help them to accommodate their first needs.
Name of Bank: Santander Bank Polska Swift code: WBKPPLPP Beneficiary: Polski Komitet Narodowy Miedzynarodowej Rady Muzeow ICOM Title of payment: Help Ukraine
Pomoc Muzeum Ukrainy - wywiad w radio SBS
Joanna Lang, członkini AIPA, konserwatorka dzieł sztuki, związana z Muzeum Powstania Warszawskiego oraz Muzeum Historii Polonii Australijskiej opowiada o webinarium poświęconym pomocy Muzeum Ukrainy w wywiadzie Dariusza Buchowieckiego w radio SBS.
'Ask No Questions' by Eva Collins - the book launch
AIPA members Irena Zdanowicz, Zofia and Jan Pakulski, Alexandra and Julian Dunwill attended a book launch of AIPA’s long-standing member Eva Collins.
The launch was MC’ed by Rosie Lew, AM, a philanthropist supporting education, medical research, and the arts. She has been involved with the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute since 1991 and was instrumental in the formation of the Peter Mac Foundation, raising millions of dollars for cancer research, education, and care.
The speakers were Anne Carson, a leading poet, and Dr. Hass Dellal, AO, CEO of the Australia Multicultural Foundation and former SBS television and radio chair.
The book is available from Readings and Dymocks and the author.
Please read a short report that Eva wrote for our website.
A FEW NOTES ON MY BOOK LAUNCH – by Eva Collins.
On the 3 July at the East Melbourne Library, I had the launch of my book, a verse memoir titled Ask No Questions, published by Puncher & Wattmann.
Ask No Questions is a refrain that I heard my parents say whenever I questioned their decisions.
It is a record of my family’s migration from Poland to Australia during the Cold War in the late 1950s. It is told from my 12-year-old’s perspective, delving into the heartache I felt in leaving my mother country. I felt violated, as my life was ruptured. I often wonder if I still miss Poland because it wasn’t my decision to leave. And would I feel similarly, if Australia was suddenly a place I could not come back to.
The book’s language is restrained and sparing, matching the caution, alertness and fear my parents felt whilst living in Communist Poland, under its surveillance regime and widespread anti-Semitism.
In my father’s words his decision to go to the other side of the world was ‘to be as far away from Moscow as possible’. This sadly is topical today when we watch Moscow rain its will and destruction on Ukraine.
Although there are compelling reasons why people emigrate, the transition is rarely easy or straightforward. You gain something and you lose something in the process but the gain and the loss don’t necessarily cancel each other out. In leaving your country you leave behind the things which formed your identity. Once you’re in a new land it is this identity which is challenged as the usual reference points are not there.
Just as for the Australians, migrants are foreigners so too for the migrants it is the Australians who are foreign.
Aside from the actual story, the theme has universal implications. It applies to all migrants and refugees from anywhere, at any time. It is written with pathos but also with humour, making it easier to carry the message across.
The book was written with nostalgia, but also with gratitude, as Australia has offered a fresh start to so many people who had to leave their homeland.
Polish Aid to Ukrainian Museums and National Heritage Amid Russia’s Invasion
The Australian Institute of Polish Affairs (AIPA)invites you to watch a recorded Webinar.
Many countries are helping Ukraine protect its museum collections and conserve its National Heritage that is threatened, or has been damaged, and destroyed by Russia’s devastating war. From the very first days of the invasion Polish museum professionals have been active in providing such assistance, and they continue to do the lion’s share of this work. Hear from those working on the ground, who are directly involved in organising aid, and helping in many other ways, within Poland and in Ukraine.
Prof. Dorota Folga-Januszewska Art historian, art critic, museologist. Former President ICOM-Poland, member SAREC ICOM, AICA. Professor at the Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, where she is Head of the Theory Department, Faculty of Graphic Art; Deputy Director, King Jan III Palace Museum, Wilanów, Warsaw. Worked at the National Museum in Warsaw 1979-2008 (including as Curator, Dept of Contemporary Prints & Drawings, & from 2007–2008 as Director.) From 2005 member of the Independent Group of Experts, EU Council and member of working groups in the EU program on the Mobility of Collections. She is the author of many books, catalogues, articles and has been the curator of numerous exhibitions
Dr Piotr Rypson Curator, historian of literature and visual culture, museum expert. Associate Professor at the Polish-Japanese Academy of Information Technology (New Media Department); Curator at the Jewish Historical Institute in Warsaw. Chair of ICOM Poland. Former Deputy Director and then Acting Director at the National Museum in Warsaw. Curator of numerous exhibitions of contemporary art, design history, artists’ books and visual literature, etc. For publications see: https://pja.academia.edu/PiotrRypson
Dr Paweł Ukielski Political scientist and historian. Deputy Director of The Warsaw Rising Museum. Assistant Professor at the Institute of Political Studies, Polish Academy of Sciences. Former Vice-President of the Institute of National Remembrance (2014-2016). Lecturer, Collegium Civitas University, Warsaw (2002-2014) and the Graduate School for Social Research (since 2020). He is currently on the Executive Board of the Platform of European Memory and Conscience (PEMC). He has published on the twentieth century history of the Central-European transition (with a special focus on the breakup of Czechoslovakia), on historical memory, and on museological issues.
Mr Michal Krasucki Art historian. From 2016 the Director of the Capital City Heritage Protection Department. As part of his professional work, he performs multiple functions related to Warsaw heritage, chairing meetings of the Bureau for the Warsaw Monuments Conservation Studios and the Bureau for Monuments and Commemorations. From 2021, the Mayor's Plenipotentiary for UNESCO. Over the last three years, he has been the regional coordinator of the OWHC Secretariat (Organisation of World Heritage Cities) for Central and Eastern Europe. Author of numerous research articles and popular publications in the field of Warsaw architecture.
Supported by the Australian Institute of Art History (AIAH) and the Centre of Visual Art (CoVA), University of Melbourne
The main image source: Centre for the Rescue of Cultural Heritage, Lviv. Photo: R. Danieluk, Warsaw Rising Museum
Join our fundraiser led by Paweł Włodowic Institute on behalf of the Committee:
PLN account number: 76 1050 1575 1000 0090 8156 1491 Name of Bank: ING Swift code: INGBPLPW Beneficiary: INSTYTUT PAWŁA WŁODKOWICA Title: „Darowizna na rzecz muzeów Ukrainy”
USD number: 10 1050 1575 1000 0090 8157 6259 Name of Bank: ING Swift code: INGBPLPW Beneficiary: INSTYTUT PAWŁA WŁODKOWICA Title: „Donation to the museums of Ukraine”
EUR number: 29 1050 1575 1000 0090 3137 2791 Name of Bank: ING Swift code: INGBPLPW Beneficiary: INSTYTUT PAWŁA WŁODKOWICA Title: „Donation to the museums of Ukraine”