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I am a sculptor and researcher working in a variety of techniques and media, however particularly glass and salvaged materials.

My work is fundamentally concerned with where the truth lies, what truth is and why we do not try to better understand and be more tolerant of each other’s perspectives.

I am highly experimental in my work, being unprepared to let the seeming limitations of a medium constrain what I can achieve. This questioning approach, always searching for the underlying truth of what is possible technically, reflects my conceptual aesthetic of where “truth” lies.

Having lived in Edinburgh, Warsaw, Moscow, Hong Kong and Hoon (Libya) I still travel a great deal. Throughout my travels over the last 30 years I have maintained a permanent base in the beautiful historic city of Durham in North East England. Both my travels and the historic context of my permanent base are highly influential on my work.

Solo Exhibitions and Presentations

From 5th July 2019

Crucifixion (Tolerance II), (permanent exhibition), Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

September 2017

Inner Space in Sculpture II, Murray Edwards College, Cambridge University, U.K.

June 2017

Inner Space in Sculpture I, Sunderland University, U.K.

December 2015 – May 2019

Crucifixion (Tolerance I), Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

October 2015

Crucifixion, 6th Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

May 2015

Presentation and workshop, the British School of Design, Moscow, Russia

April 2015

Presentation, Stroganov Academy of Art, Moscow, Russia

October 2014

Presentation, Irkuck Academy, Irkuck, Russia

March 2014

Crucifixion Exhibition, Durham Castle, Durham, U.K.

February & July 2013

Exhibition and residency, City of London Academy, London, U.K.

April 2012

Presentation, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, Santiago, Chile

May 2011 – February 2016

Exhibition, Bede’s World, Jarrow, U.K.

August 2011

Presentation, Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia

21 June 2011

Presentation, AIR Salon at the BALTIC, Gateshead, U.K.

February – March 2010

Presentation, Wrocław Academy of Fine Arts, Wroclaw, Poland

December 2008

Presentation, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

August 2008

It’s my place II, Old College of the University of Edinburgh, part of Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh, U.K.

March 2008

Exhibition and residency, Isleworth and Syon College, London, U.K.

October 2007

Exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Kraków, Poland

2000 – 2010

Annual exhibition, Durham Castle, Durham University, Durham, U.K.

2003

Ecce homo I!,  National Glass Centre, Sunderland, U.K.

From September 2003

Frozen in time II, Durham Castle, Durham University, Durham, U.K.

August 2002 – February 2006

Echo of the Past, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, U.K.

June 2002 – 2003

Flock IV, Durham Castle, Durham University, Durham, U.K.

April 2002

Echo of the Past, a sculpture upon the Neville Screen, Durham Cathedral, Durham, U.K.

February 2002

Light-ning, British Embassy, Reykjavik, Iceland

 

Joint exhibitions

July 2017

Exhibition, Association of Polish Artists, Sculpture Section, Warsaw, Poland

June – September 2016

Exhibition organized by the J.G. Stroganov Academy of Art, Moscow, Russia

April 2014

Exhibition organized by Sunderland University at Bede’s World, Jarrow, U.K.

February – March 2014

Exhibition of award-winning designs for the Ballet Dancers Monument competition, Galleria Freta, Warsaw, Poland

October 2013

Exhibition, Association of Polish Artists, Sculpture , Warsaw, Poland 

August 2013

Grow!, Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh, U.K.

June – July 2013

Exhibition of award-winning designs for the Ballet Dancers Monument competition, Polish Ministry of Culture, Warsaw, Poland

November 2012 – May 2013 

International exhibitions to support the Free Association of Syrian Expats, Warsaw, Poland; Cairo, Egypt; Alexandria, Egypt; and Dubai.

September – October 2012

Past shaped the Present, Art Center, Washington, U.K.

August – September 2012

Sculpture workshops and exhibition, Academy of Fine Arts, Warsaw, Poland

July – August 2012

Stourbridge International Festival, Gallery90 Plowden-Thompson, U.K.

March – April 2011

A Journey, Bede’s World, Jarrow, U.K.

May 2009

Scar exhibition, Art Space, Edinburgh, U.K.

May 2009

Exhibition, Shame Place, Saltmarket, Glasgow, U.K.

April 2009

Exhibition, Out of the Blue, Edinburgh, U.K.

July – August 2008

It’s my Place I, Craigmillar Art Space, Edinburgh, U.K.

July – August 2008

Razem, Rocket Venues, Edinburgh Art Festival, Edinburgh, U.K.

November 2007

The Place, St. Patrick’s Church, Glasgow, U.K.

February – March 2007

Exhibition, the First International Sculpture Symposium, Tehran, Iran

September – October 2006

Different ways to work with Concrete, an exhibition and International Conference, Fine Arts Academy Krakow, Poland

April – May 2005

Glimmer, Leeds, U.K.

December 2003

Vetrospective, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle upon Tyne, U.K.

June 2003

Exhibition, Crook Hall, Durham, U.K.

March 2003

Blast, Cork Street Gallery, London, U.K.

June – Sep 2002

NEWdirections, Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead, U.K.

June – August 2002

Diversity, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, U.K.

September – October 2001

C-Through, The Chink in the Wall, North Lincolnshire

2001 – 2003

The Hannah Peschar Sculpture Garden, Surrey, U.K.

2000 – 2004

Alison Breeze Gallery Art Apartment, Knaresborough, U.K.

August – October 2000

Award Winners, National Glass Centre, Sunderland, U.K.

August – September 2000

Philips International Fine Art Auctioneers, Newcastle, U.K.

Commissions

2019

Mummy (sculpture), Professor G. R. Boys-Stones, donated to Durham University, U.K.

2016

Crucifixion (installation), Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

2014

The Mechanism of Celebrity, (installation), City of London Academy, London, U.K.

2013

Lumiere (installation), Durham University, Durham, U.K.

2013

Untitled (sculpture), Hempel Metals Ltd., Reading, U.K.

2012

Frozen in Time (sculpture), Durham Castle, Durham University, Durham, U.K.

2009

Flock II (installation), Consulate of the Republic of Poland, Edinburgh, U.K.

2009

Flock III (installation), Shopping Centre Outlet Factory, Lubon, Poznan, Poland

2008

The Mechanism of Celebrity II, (installation), Craigmillar Art Space, Edinburgh

2008

The Mechanism of Celebrity I, (installation), Isleworth and Syon College, London, U.K.

2007

Reflection (sculpture), Ministry of Culture, Tehran, Iran

2006

Hammock (sculpture), Polish Concrete Ltd., Krakow, Poland

2005

Best Business Award, Investment in People, North East England, U.K.

2002

Untitled (sculpture), Bishop Barrington School, Bishop Auckland, U.K.

2002

T-shirts (sculpture), King James I Community College, Bishop Auckland, U.K.

2001

British Gas Trophy, North East Press Awards, U.K.

2001

Untitled (sculpture), Staindrop Comprehensive School, Staindrop, U.K.

Grants

2017

Exhibition and a conference grant from the Society of Glass Technology, Sheffield, U.K.

2015

Exhibition grant, 6th Moscow Biennale exhibition, S.G. Stroganov Academy of Art, Moscow

2015

Exhibition grant, Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology, Moscow, Russia

2014

Conference grant, Sunderland University, Sunderland, U.K.

2014

Conference grant, the Society of Glass Technology, U.K.

2013

Research support, Academy of Technology, Krakow, Poland

2013

Research support from Hempel Metals Ltd., Reading, U.K.

2013

Research grant, Sunderland University, Sunderland, U.K.

2011

Research grant, Sunderland University, Sunderland, U.K.

2010

Research grant, Sunderland University, Sunderland, U.K.

2008

Project grant, It’s my Place, Awards for All, Lottery Funding, U.K.

2008

Project grant, It’s my Place, Polish Senate, U.K.

2006

Exhibition grant, Working with Semi-transparent Concrete, Arts Council England

2006

Research grant, Academy of Fine Art, Krakow and Polish Concrete Ltd.

2004

Exhibition and conference grant, Annual Glass Art Society Conference, Cohesion – European Union, Amsterdam, Netherlands

2003

Relationship development grant, British Embassy at Reykjavik, Iceland and Trade Partner UK

2002

Project grant, Working with Glass, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

2001

Exhibition grant, Arts Council England

2001

Project grant, Durham Local Education Authority & Arts Council England

2000

Visual Arts Award grant, Arts Council England

Awards

2015

Winner of the Creative Glass Guild Awards, U.K.

2013

Award for a design for the Ballet Dancer Monument competition, Foksal Gallery and the Association of Polish Artists, Warsaw, Poland

2000

Shortlisted, the Guardian Award, New Designers, U.K.


G. Bialek, J. Kelly: Fine Art, Crafts and Technology, cross-disciplinary cooperation; Glass Art Society conference – invited presentation 20-22 May 2021; the conference presentation will be published in GAS journal; USA.

G. Bialek, J. Kelly: Entrapment within Inner Space: The Development and Review of Other Materials as Intentional Inclusions within Glass as a Creative Artistic Practice, 15 January 2021 Arts 2021, 10(1), 5; Arts journal; Switzerland.

G. Bialek: From the Application of Printings to Metal Inclusions in Glass:

Development of Techniques January 2019 Arts 8(1):18; DOI: 10.3390/arts8010018; Arts journal; Switzerland.

G. Bialek: Inner space in sculpture: The use of metal inclusions in glass; Cambridge September 2017, Aspects of Historic Glass; Society of Glass Technology periodical; UK

2000-present

Self-employed artist

2015 – 2016

Visiting Professor, British School of Design in Moscow

2014 – 2016

Visiting Professor, S.G. Stroganov State Academy of Arts and Industry, Moscow

2007 – 2010

Director, Artist in Residence and Freelance Coordinator of It’s my Place

2008 – 2009

Artistic Director, First Polish Cultural Festival in Edinburgh

2006 – 2011

Visiting Professor, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts, Krakow, Poland

2005 – 2016

Freelance Coordinator collaborating between H.E. Art Schools in the U.K. and those in Poland, Columbia, Hong Kong, Chile and Russia

2000 – 2006

Lecturer at New College, Durham

1994 – 2011

Art Secretary and Mentor, University College, Durham Castle, Durham University, UK 

Tutor in the Students Arts Association, Durham University

1993 – 1995

Grant Supervisor, running a large Tempus project for the European Commission, involving seven universities from five countries, Durham University

Since 2012

A member of the International Association of Art to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, UNESCO

Since 2012

A member of the Association of Polish Artists and Designers, APAD

2012 – 2016

Vice Chairman of International Relations, Warsaw Chapter, APAD

Since 2012

A member of the British Society of Glass Technology

2017

Ph.D. Inner Space in Sculpture: the use of metal inclusions, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, U.K.

2006

PGCE (QTLS), University of Sunderland and New College, Durham, U.K.

2005

PGCE (PCET) Teaching Training, New College, Durham, U.K.

2003

M.A. (Distinction) Fine Art in Sculpture and Applied Art in Glass, University of Sunderland, Sunderland, U.K.

2000

B.A. (Hons.) Fine Art in Sculpture and Applied Art in Glass and Ceramics (2:1), University of Sunderland, Sunderland, U.K.

1986

M.Sc. Economics, specialising in Economic Cybernetics and Computer Science, University of Warsaw, Poland