Izabela Pluta


Izabela Pluta was born in Warsaw, Poland, and migrated to Australia in 1987. She completed her undergraduate studies in Fine Art at The University of Newcastle and has an MFA from The College of Fine Art, The University of New South Wales in Sydney.

Izabela’s practice is rooted in photographic ideas central to the experience of place, the effects of time and the construction of reality. She utilises diverse forms of imagery and forms which intersect with each other in their tradition, function and materiality. Izabela’s recent works have examined the various ways that place is manifested or experienced, comprising photographs, found ephemera and photomurals to explore her interest in serendipitous encounters, the effects of time and how the photographic image operates as a vehicle for witnessing various states of ruin.

Izabela has exhibited widely in Australia, including a major exhibition of her work at the UTS Gallery in Sydney in 2014. In 2006 she was awarded an Australia Council for the Arts Studio residency in Barcelona. She has undertaken other residencies including at the Red Gate Gallery in Beijing and International Art Space Kellerberrin, WA. In 2008 Izabela was awarded a Freedman Foundation Traveling Scholarship for Emerging Artists and an Ian Potter Cultural Grant for a studio residency at the Cite des Arts International in Paris. In 2008 she received an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Grant and in 2010 she was awarded the Qantas Foundation Contemporary Art Award (NSW). In 2011 Izabela undertook a residency at the Art and Design Research Institute, University of Ulster, Belfast in Northern Ireland, and was also successful in receiving an Australia Council for the Arts New Work Established Grant.

In 2012 Izabela was commissioned to complete a major public art work for the City of Melbourne. The two-part billboard was installed on the CitiPower Station, Little Bourke Street in March 2013. In 2014 Izabela will complete a major outdoor work as part of the Mildura Palimpsest Biennale #10.


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January 23, 2015

Izabela’s next solo show Excavation is our first exhibition for the year and will be current in the Gallery from Feb 3 – 28 2015. Excavation considers an imagined geography that Pluta constructs from created or found objects pertinent to … Continue reading

December 19, 2014

Izabela Pluta is exhibiting in Through A Lens at Horsham Art Gallery until 01 Feb 2015. Izabela’s next solo show Excavation is our first exhibition for the year and will be current in the Gallery from Feb 3 – 28 … Continue reading

June 11, 2014

Following her show Agency of inanimate objects at Sydney’s Galerie Pom Pom, Izabela Pluta is currently exhibiting a significant selection of photographic work at the UTS Gallery. Pluta sees in ‘ruins’ the foundation for building a spatial and temporal understanding of … Continue reading

July 12, 2013

Taken on the same day as the other photo, a new series of photographic works by Izabela Pluta, opens next week at dianne tanzer gallery + projects. Taken on the same day as the other photo provides a framework for … Continue reading

February 26, 2013

The City of Melbourne has unveiled an installation of a new public artwork, Unset Typologies, by Izabela Pluta. Unset Typologies, commissioned by the City of Melbourne Public Art Program, is a photomural banner which wraps the east and south facing facades … Continue reading

December 12, 2012

Izabela Pluta has been selected to exhibit in the inaugural Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize 2012. The winning artist receives $10,000 with the winning art work becoming part of the Macquarie Group Collection. Works will be displayed on Mezzanine, No. … Continue reading

October 18, 2012

The work of Izabela Pluta will be featured in an upcoming group show at Tin Sheds Gallery, The University of Sydney. The Third Landscape, curated by Joni Taylor, explores new understandings of industrial heritage and ruin. The exhibition examines the … Continue reading

August 22, 2012

We are very pleased to annouce that Izabela Pluta has been selected as one of the 42 finalists of the William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Established to promote excellence in photography, the prize and exhibition will showcase some of the … Continue reading

July 25, 2012

Izabela Pluta is in Foreplay – an exhibition curated by Lucy Bleach and Geoff Parr at The Plimsoll Gallery, Tasmanian School of Art – Hobart. The exhibition also features Scott Cotterell, Amanda Davies, Michael Schiltz and Lucia Usminani. 27th July … Continue reading

June 5, 2012

Izabela Pluta has been commissioned by Melbourne City Council to complete a major public art work. The two-part billboard work will be installed on the CitiPower Station, Little Bourke Street later this year. The site was the very first electric … Continue reading

February 28, 2012

Congratulations to Michael Cook and Izabela Pluta for being selected as finalists of the Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. This $20,000 award is one of the most prestigious photography awards in Australia and the finalist’s exhibition showcases some … Continue reading

February 3, 2012

Izabela Pluta’s exhibition entitled Reservoir opens 3rd February at Gippsland Art Gallery, Sale. This exhibition features work developed during Izabela Pluta’s recent residency at the Cowwarr Art Space in regional Gippsland. Objects are displaced in remote, isolated landscapes which conjure … Continue reading

September 5, 2011

Welcome to Michael Cook – He has had a very successful year, as a finalist in both the 2011 Western Australian Indigenous Art Awards and the 2011 Josephine Ulrick and Win Schubert Photography Award. Michael has now joined the gallery … Continue reading

July 26, 2011

Congratulations to Yhonnie Scarce , her amazing work Burial Ground is included in a major exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts ( MoCADA)  New York – go see if you’re in NY August 11 to October 30 … Continue reading

May 12, 2011

Congratulations to Izabela on being shortlisted for two  major national awards. The 2011 City of Hobart Art Prize,  and the 2011 Olive Cotton Award for Portraiture. Go see the works at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery ( 23 July … Continue reading