Project team

Young Poland Project Curators

Julia Griffin (née Dudkiewicz) is a Courtauld-trained art historian and curator specialising in the Arts and Crafts Movement and Victorian art. Her PhD explores William Morris and D.G. Rossetti’s occupancy of Kelmscott Manor (Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London). She is a Young Poland Project Curator at the William Morris Gallery. Julia has been responsible for a number of exhibitions and rehangs, including the City’s Collection Displays (2015) at the Guildhall Art Gallery, for which she was awarded the Freedom of the City of London. She is a contributor to The Routledge Companion to William Morris (London: Routledge, 2020).

Professor Dr Hab. Andrzej Szczerski is Director of the National Museum in Kraków and Professor in the Institute of Art History at the Jagiellonian University. He is a Young Poland Project Curator. He has published extensively on 20th-century art, design and architecture, including a pioneering study Views of Albion: The Reception of British Art and Design in Central Europe, 1890 –1918 (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2015). He has curated exhibitions on 19th- and 20th century art and architecture. In 2009 he co-curated Symbolism in Poland and Britain at Tate Britain in London.

Roisin Inglesby is Senior Curator at the William Morris Gallery and a Young Poland Project Curator. She was previously Assistant Curator of Designs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Curator of Architectural Drawings for Historic Royal Palaces and Curatorial Assistant at Tokyo Teien Metropolitan Art Museum. Her work focuses on Morris’s international connections, with exhibitions including Pioneers: William Morris and the Bauhaus (2019). She is currently working on a project examining the relationship between Morris and the Japanese Mingei movement.

Development, partnerships and project management

Marta de Zuniga, PhD, is Director of the Polish Institute in London (PCI). She is an academic previously working at the Faculty of Political Science and International Studies of the University of Warsaw. She also studied in Moscow, Munich and at the LSE in London with a focus on the history of ideas and international relations. Since 2017 Marta has been coordinating, facilitating, and managing large initiatives promoting Polish culture and heritage, working with the major cultural organisations in the United Kingdom. She has initiated and facilitated William Morris Gallery’s 2019 Study Visit to Poland, which resulted in key relationships and arrangements leading to the realisation of the Young Poland project. The PCI have been further supporting this initiative through funding, promotional activities and through relationship building between British and Polish organisations.

Kamila Hyska is Head of Project Coordinators at the National Museum in Krakow and Young Poland Overall Project Manager. She studied Art History at Warsaw University and has a wide-ranging track record in project management. Her portfolio includes high-profile and international projects such as the Culture Beyond Borders knowledge exchange program (Georgia), ScModules app for the NMK (Spain), Malerfursten exhibition (Bundeskunsthalle, Germany). She is currently working on an immersive show about the Polish movie director Andrzej Wajda to be shown in Japan and the transport of sculptures by Ursula von Rydingsvard from the USA for a series of exhibitions in Poland.

Young Poland book research team

The Young Poland book research team comprises the Young Poland Project Curators and a number of leading academics from Poland and the UK.

Dr Edyta Barucka is an independent art and architectural historian who has published books on the idea and genesis of the British Arts and Crafts house and the European Garden City Movement, as well as a series of articles on the Polish crafts revival in the 19th century.

Barbara Bogoczek is a translator and interpreter based in London. Her literary translations, with Tony Howard, include Wyspiański’s The Hamlet Study and the Death of Ophelia (London: Shakespeare’s Globe, 2019) and the works of Tadeusz Różewicz and Maria Pawlikowska-Jasnorzewska.

Prof. Tony Howard is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at the University of Warwick. His publications include Women as Hamlet: Performance and Interpretation in Theatre, Film and Fiction (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007).

Alicja Kilijańska is Head of the Decorative Arts and Material Culture Department at the National Museum in Kraków with responsibility for glass, goldwork, furniture, clocks, intaglios and cameos, as well as overall management of the Decorative Arts displays. She studied Art History at the Jagiellonian University and is a member of the International Council of Museums (ICOM). She is also a Lecturer in the History of the Decorative Arts at the Faculty of Scenography, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków.

Dr Piotr Kopszak is an art historian, publisher, and Curator at the National Museum in Warsaw, specialising in 19th-century Polish art and art criticism. He co-curated Symbolism in Poland and Britain at Tate Britain in 2009, among other exhibitions; has published several popular books on Polish artists; translated Walter Pater’s The Renaissance (Warsaw: Fundacja Aletheia, 1998); and is involved in numerous projects in the field of digital humanities.

Dr Bożena Kostuch is an art historian, museologist, and Ceramics Curator at the National Museum in Kraków, specialising in Polish ceramics from the 19th and 20th centuries.

Joanna Regina Kowalska is Textiles Curator at the National Museum in Kraków. She holds two Master’s degrees, in History and Art History, as well as a diploma in Museology from the Jagiellonian University. She completed technical courses at the Centre International d’Etude des Textiles, Lyon, in 2013–14. She is the Vice Chair of the ICOM Costume Committee, and has authored many publications and curated numerous exhibitions on the history of fashion.

Magdalena Laskowska is an art historian and Curator of Drawings and Watercolours at the National Museum in Kraków with responsibility for Stanisław Wyspiański’s works. She was a co-curator of the recent exhibitions Stanisław Wyspiański (2017–18) and Unknown Wyspiański (2019) and has published extensively on the artist’s life and work.

Dr Hab. Zbigniew Moździerz is a historic buildings conservation advisor and architectural historian. Specialising in 19th- and 20th-century architecture, especially the Zakopane Style, he is the author of numerous publications in this field. He is a long-time Research Fellow at the Tatra Museum, and currently lectures at the Faculty of Architecture at the Podhale State Higher Education School in Nowy Targ.

Dr Hab. Anna Myczkowska-Szczerska is Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Industrial Design, Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków. A graphic designer with a passion for paper art, she has published books on information design. She is the Co-Art Director of the Young Poland: The Polish Arts and Crafts Movement, 1890-1918 book.

Monika Paś is an art historian, Metalwork, Plastics, Organic Media, Iconography and Academic Aids Curator at the National Museum in Kraków, author of articles and catalogues, and curator of exhibitions and displays in the field of artistic handicrafts and material culture.

Anna Rudzińska is Curator at the Department of Prints and Drawings at the National Museum in Warsaw, with responsibility for drawings, watercolours and pastels produced by 19th- and early 20th-century Polish artists.

Dr Alison Smith is Chief Curator at the National Portrait Gallery, London. In 2009 she co-curated Symbolism in Poland and Britain at Tate Britain, London.

Zofia Weiss is an art historian, art critic and curator focusing on Polish and European art of the years around 1900 and their lasting impact on contemporary art. Currently President of the Wojciech Weiss Museum Foundation, she previously worked at the Art History Institute of the Jagiellonian University and in the National Museum in Kraków.

Anna Wende-Surmiak is Director of the Tatra Museum in Zakopane and a President of the International Mountain Museums Alliance, which she cofounded in 2015. She studied French and languages and is a trained museologist, French translator and teacher. She is currently leading a £6.6 million capital project to restore the Tatra Museum’s nine historic buildings including the main headquarters.

Polish Cultural Institute team

Deputy Director: Konrad Zielinski

Head of Visual Arts and Events: Paulina Latham

Head of Heritage: Natalia Puchalska

Marketing, PR and Social Media: Jakub Ochmański

Administration & Project Assistant: Joanna Sńieg

National Museum in Kraków team

Marketing, PR and Social Media: Karolina Łachman, Agata Jabłońska

Prints and Drawings Curator: Magdalena Laskowska

Head of Decorative Arts Department: Alicja Kilijańska

Decorative Arts Curators: Bożena Kostuch, Monika Paś, Joanna Regina Kowalska

Head Librarian: Halina Marcinkowska

Head of Paper and Leather Conservation: Łucja Skoczeń-Rąpała

Paper and Leather Conservation: Marta Winiarczyk, Małgorzata Burda

3-D Conservation Studio: Małgorzata Pisulińska

Textile Conservation Studio: Anna Olkuśnik-Tabisz, Małgorzata Dereszowska, Katarzyna Kękuś

Gilding and Frame Conservation Studio: Grzegorz Tańcula, Beata Feluś, Barbara Kopeć

Head of Paintings Conservation: Elżbieta Zygier

Head of Conservation: Izabela Łukomska

Planning and Reporting Department: Anna Olak

Fundraising: Joanna Niewidok

Photographic and Digitisation Department: Beata Drabek, Patrycja Dzięgiel, Karol Kowalik, Tomasz Markowski, Adam Oleksy, Anna Olchawska, Joanna Pawłowska, Ewelina Słowińska, Łukasz Wojciechowski, Katarzyna Wojdyła

Registrar: Magdalena Szewczyk

Exhibition Department: Robert Flur

William Morris Gallery team

Young Poland Project Managers: Julia Griffin and Roisin Inglesby

Retail and Product Development: Mhairi Muncaster

Marketing, PR and Social Media: James Gray