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Social responsibility and financial education

ING Bank Śląski S.A. runs social and charitable activities in priority areas, in compliance with the 2019-2021 Sustainable Development Strategy of ING Bank Śląski. In 2019, the activities were primarily targeted at children and young people. They served the development of entrepreneurship, financial education as well as local communities. The Bank implemented the programmes on its own, in cooperation with social partners and its corporate foundations. The Bank also supported employees' initiatives (volunteer work, charity collections) as a social partner, in national and local projects.

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Financial education and development of entrepreneurship

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    Explanation of the material topic and its Boundary
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    The management approach and its components
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    Evaluation of the management approach

Cooperation with partners

“Exempt from the Theory” is the largest contest for social projects in Poland, with over 9,000 students having completed 2,000 social projects so far.

During the Contest, students organise their own social projects. Each finalist is awarded a certificate valued by employers all over the world. The best projects are awarded every year with prizes handed over by the President of Poland or the Prime Minister. The “Exempt from Theory Contest” has been developing for 5 years now, and this year it is attended by young people from 10% of schools throughout Poland. This means that 464 secondary comprehensive schools and technical colleges have entered social projects in their curricula in the 2019/20 school year, under the “Exempt from Theory” Contest. ING Bank Śląski, being a partner of the Contest, developed ING Challenge for the youth. Brunon Bartkiewicz invited to implement the project on developing entrepreneurship. Additionally, ING Challenge participants benefit from mentoring of Bank personnel, 3 webinars with experts, and in March 2020 they will take part in a bootcamp in Katowice. More than 30 teams and more than 40 mentor employees from all over Poland have applied for the ING Challenge.

In 2019, the Bank continued its cooperation under the Entrepreneurial Youth Programme with the social partner – Centre for Citizenship Education. This Programme provides practical and innovative education on entrepreneurship. As part of the project, students solve economy and entrepreneurship tasks on a dedicated on-line platform, after which they carry out their own projects with the assistance of teachers and mentors. The Programme helps them to understand, among others, how to manage their own funds, it teaches them how to save and shows selected banking services, etc.

The Programme has been implemented since 2008 by the Centre for Citizenship Education, since mid-November 2017 with the involvement of ING. In addition, the ING Children’s Foundation, within the framework of trilateral cooperation, is, inter alia, the originator of the idea concerning new concept for the Programme. ING Bank Śląski provides expertise and financing. In 2019, the Programme was implemented by 54 schools, 89 student teams, i.e. nearly 400 students. Marcin Giżycki, Vice-President of the Management Board of ING Bank Śląski S.A., has become the patron of the Programme. The final of the 11th edition of the Programme, as in the previous 2 years, was the Entrepreneurial Youth Conference at the Bank's headquarters in Katowice – held on 13 June. 12 youth teams that we hosted in Katowice presented their business ideas. All of them received commemorative statuettes from Brunon Bartkiewicz. One of them, received an additional award from Marcin Giżycki for his presentation and business readiness to implement the idea in real life. Additionally, in recognition of the cooperation and on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the Centre for Citizenship Education ING Bank Śląski received a commemorative statuette.

The Bank continues its involvement in the BAKCYL – – a joint project of the banking sector organised by the Warsaw Institute of Banking to support finance education of teenagers from junior high schools.

Under the project, the Bank personnel volunteer to teach finance at schools (junior high schools) within the cycle of 2 lessons: Your money, From savings to investments, and in 1-4 forms of post-primary schools a cycle of 3 topics: Financial market – trust in business, My financial assets – I am entrepreneurial, Wise Investments. The most active Bank volunteers who ran over 10 classes in the 2019/2020 school year included: – Jarosław Głogowski, Beata Goliasz, Violetta Król, Dariusz Drenda, Anna Mazurowska. In total ING volunteers ran 125 classes. The lessons are organised in schools all over Poland.

Social commitment and voluntary service programme

In 2018 the employees devoted 7,283.5 hours for voluntary activities. It was 2,062.5 hours more than in 2018.

As part of our ING Voluntary Services Programme, we encourage employees to show activeness in the fields of financial education, entrepreneurship and local community projects. The formula of the voluntary services programme is open and anybody can get involved the way they like. Our Bank ensures for every employee the option of devoting 8 hours of work per year to voluntary activities. The Bank volunteers closely cooperate with ING for Children Foundation.

CoderDojo is a national community of passionates for new technologies. Poland’s first dojo was set up in Zambrów in 2013. CoderDojo is a place to develop technological talents (programming, modelling, graphic design, 3D printing) for children and teenagers. Classes are held away from schools, often in rooms provided by IT companies. The classes are free of charge and the community may be joined by all those who wish to become CoderDojo students or mentors.

ING CoderDojo has already been operating in ING Bank Śląski for the second year in cooperation with the CoderDojo Foundation. In Katowice, Warsaw and Siedlce there are “clubs of modern technologies” – dojo. Bank personnel – volunteers (23 mentors) hold classes for children in programming, robotics and 3D design, mobile applications on Saturdays during the school year. The project was joined by ING Tech Polska. Within the framework of ING CoderDojo, the bank held Grandparents’ Day, DojoKonf for the mentors from all over Poland, the First Birthday of the dojo, CodeWeek, as well as workshops during Sant Nicolaus’ Day for children of Bank Personnel.

In 2018 we started cooperation with Harvard Club of Poland Association to hold a competition for students of junior and senior high schools and of universities who interested in studying abroad – The way to Harvard.

In 2019, the Bank promoted a competition for talented youth among its personnel – 16 students applied for the competition, with a total of 3,000 applications. In addition, a representative of DnH, a speaker at the Entrepreneurial Youth conference – Anna Jastrzębska, a graduate of Harvard University among other things, encouraged the participants, young people from small towns to show courage and to take up challenges, to shape consciously their educational paths and to believe in their own skills.

In 2019, ING Bank was a partner of the CEE Fintech Leaders Forum project – an educational project on the capital market, educating modern managerial staff. As part of the cooperation, ING Bank Śląski got involved in workshops for students with the participation of ING experts. Additionally, the bank became involved in the Young Innovators project. ING’s representation participated in the final of the programme, in which 5 teams made presentations about themselves. Bank employees ran design thinking classes and evaluated teams.

As part of the EmpowerPL100 Programme, the mentors of selected, students with outstanding talents, studying at home and abroad in 2019 were Brunon Bartkiewicz and Joanna Erdman. The Programme, which began in 2018, was an opportunity to celebrate Centenary of Independence. The objective of the organisers was to gather 100 mentors from among the top management and 100 mentees (students) who will collaborate in 2019.

Donations and sponsorship

In 2019, ING Bank Śląski S.A. made financial and in-kind charitable donations. The Bank made 36 financial charitable donations.

Donations were made on the basis of ING Bank Śląski S.A.’s Donation Policy, which was updated in 2019. The Donation Policy defines the objectives that the bank supports as part of its donations, in selected areas of social investment:

  • operations centred around children and youth, including holidays for children and youth,
  • science, higher education, school system, education and schooling (including in particular financial education),
  • health protection and disease prevention
  • financial support in case of special events in which a worker or a member(s) of his family is affected.

The donations included financial education donations to the Centre for Citizenship Education for the development of the Entrepreneurial Youth Programme, the Warsaw Institute of Banking for the BAKCYL Programme, the CoderDojo Foundation for the development of ING CoderDojo, the Social Wolves Foundation for the development of the Exempt from Theory Programme. In the area of higher education, among others, for the Silesian University of Technology to develop the initiative “My idea for business”, and in the area of health care, inter alia, for the Foundation for Cardiac Surgery Development named after Professor Zbigniew Religa in Zabrze and Polish Foundation of Gastroenterology.

ING Bank Śląski continued to support local charities and made charitable donations as part of the ING Football Tournament Awards for the ING Foundation named after Dr. Piotr Janaszek “Pass On Foundation for the development of physical culture “Seeing No Obstacles” in Kraków and the Łukasz Piszczek Academy Foundation.

In 2019, the bank also made in-kind donations in the form of IT equipment (in good technical condition) and office furniture being decommissioned. The handover of in-kind donations was carried out on the basis of the Procedure of Resale/ Donations/Disposal of Assets at ING Bank Śląski S.A. In-kind donations were mostly made to kindergartens, schools, hospitals and charities.

In 2019, ING Bank Śląski S.A. was involved in sponsorship activities targeted at entrepreneurs, young people, activities related to ecology, electromobility, as well as SME owners and management. They were designed to empower and motivate people to stay a step ahead in life and in business.

The most important sponsored events included:

  • European Economic Congress in Katowice,
  • European Start-up Days in Katowice,
  • Run Warsaw,
  • Open Eyes Economy in Cracow,
  • European Week of Sustainable Transport in Katowice.

ING Bank Śląski S.A. as the main sponsor supported the European Economic Congress in Katowice and European Startup Days. That was the largest business meeting in Central Europe, overall attended by almost 14 thousand people. ING experts shared their know-how and experience participating in discussion panels. In the MCK conference venue in Katowice, the ING Influ zone was organized, where the congress participants could listen to the discussion and meet with the influencers active in social media.

ING Bank Śląski S.A. once again co-operated with the organisers of the “Run Warsaw” sport event, once against performing the role of 2019 General Partner of the sport event. About 5,000 employees with their families represented the majority of the participants in the 5 km march accompanying the running event, and more than 1,000 people from this group covered a distance of 10 km.

In addition, ING Bank Śląski has been involved in sponsoring TEDx Katowice Salon – a series of local events that bring together and engage the local community, teach, inspire innovation and engage in dialogue and action. It is a series of events promoting valuable ideas in Poland and encouraging their application.

In 2019, ING Bank Śląski S.A. made financial and in-kind charitable donations. The Bank made 36 financial charitable donations.

Donations were made on the basis of ING Bank Śląski S.A.’s Donation Policy, which was updated in 2019. The Donation Policy defines the objectives that the bank supports as part of its donations, in selected areas of social investment:

  • operations centred around children and youth, including holidays for children and youth,
  • science, higher education, school system, education and schooling (including in particular financial education),
  • health protection and disease prevention
  • financial support in case of special events in which a worker or a member(s) of his family is affected.

The donations included financial education donations to the Centre for Citizenship Education for the development of the Entrepreneurial Youth Programme, the Warsaw Institute of Banking for the BAKCYL Programme, the CoderDojo Foundation for the development of ING CoderDojo, the Social Wolves Foundation for the development of the Exempt from Theory Programme. In the area of higher education, among others, for the Silesian University of Technology to develop the initiative “My idea for business”, and in the area of health care, inter alia, for the Foundation for Cardiac Surgery Development named after Professor Zbigniew Religa in Zabrze and Polish Foundation of Gastroenterology.

ING Bank Śląski continued to support local charities and made charitable donations as part of the ING Football Tournament Awards for the ING Foundation named after Dr. Piotr Janaszek “Pass On Foundation for the development of physical culture “Seeing No Obstacles” in Kraków and the Łukasz Piszczek Academy Foundation.

In 2019, the bank also made in-kind donations in the form of IT equipment (in good technical condition) and office furniture being decommissioned. The handover of in-kind donations was carried out on the basis of the Procedure of Resale/ Donations/Disposal of Assets at ING Bank Śląski S.A. In-kind donations were mostly made to kindergartens, schools, hospitals and charities.

In 2019, ING Bank Śląski S.A. was involved in sponsorship activities targeted at entrepreneurs, young people, activities related to ecology, electromobility, as well as SME owners and management. They were designed to empower and motivate people to stay a step ahead in life and in business.

The most important sponsored events included:

  • European Economic Congress in Katowice,
  • European Start-up Days in Katowice,
  • Run Warsaw,
  • Open Eyes Economy in Cracow,
  • European Week of Sustainable Transport in Katowice.

ING Bank Śląski S.A. as the main sponsor supported the European Economic Congress in Katowice and European Startup Days. That was the largest business meeting in Central Europe, overall attended by almost 14 thousand people. ING experts shared their know-how and experience participating in discussion panels. In the MCK conference venue in Katowice, the ING Influ zone was organized, where the congress participants could listen to the discussion and meet with the influencers active in social media.

ING Bank Śląski S.A. once again co-operated with the organisers of the “Run Warsaw” sport event, once against performing the role of 2019 General Partner of the sport event. About 5,000 employees with their families represented the majority of the participants in the 5 km march accompanying the running event, and more than 1,000 people from this group covered a distance of 10 km.

In addition, ING Bank Śląski has been involved in sponsoring TEDx Katowice Salon – a series of local events that bring together and engage the local community, teach, inspire innovation and engage in dialogue and action. It is a series of events promoting valuable ideas in Poland and encouraging their application.

Fundacja ING Dzieciom [The ING for Children Foundation]

ING for Children Foundation pursues the social mission of ING by supporting development, education and self-reliance of children and youth. ING for Children Foundation is one of the oldest corporate foundations in Poland. The foundation strives after providing equal chances to young people whose adult life initiation is difficult for various reasons.

In 2019, the foundation hosted 1,054 children and their guardians at 22nd Smiling Holidays. For the first time ever the Foundation organised holidays with the aim to restore the bonds between the children staying in the orphanage and their parents. “Girls’ Holidays”, integrating children of different nationalities, cultures and religions, were also unique.

Since 2006, the ING Group employees have been participating in the Good Idea voluntary competition. They can win there the subsidies for a voluntary project from ING for Children Foundation. As part of the Good Idea and Ad hoc Volunteering competition in 2019, the Foundation supported 91 projects for the benefit of local communities, associations, foundations, schools for the total amount of PLN 477,870. The ING volunteers ran mainly educational activities, but there was also an increase in environmental initiatives. In January and August, the foundation organized training sessions for volunteers and leaders of winning projects, in which 83 ING employees were involved. The training sessions covered, inter alia, cooperation with social partners, social project management, diverse forms of both entrepreneurship and financial education.

Voluntary activities roundup
Year Good ideas
– number of actions
Ad-hoc initiatives
– number of initiative
Number of volunteered hours
2019 73 18 7,052
Total amount for the projects PLN 396,750 PLN 81,120
2018 71 14 5,221
Total amount for the projects PLN 361,900 PLN 70,804

Following the long-standing tradition of social initiatives, employees engaged in charity collections for children. In September, the Orange Rucksack took place and the employees collected school articles, and in December, they prepared Christmas gifts in the Santa’s Helpers initiative. In December, for the first time, employees could allocate unused points at the Cafeteria to the ING Children’s Foundation. This option was used by 705 employees of the Bank and of the companies served by the Bank, which translated into PLN 7,741.42. The Foundation will allocate these funds to the attractions for children staying at the Smile Holidays in 2020.

On 6 October 2019, 706 running and 1,500 marching ING employees turned up on the “Run Warsaw” starting line, thus breaking the attendance record. Thanks to such a large involvement of the Orange Team, ING Bank Śląski has donated PLN 145,600 to the ING Foundation for Children, and the Foundation will allocate these funds for sports equipment for children who will take part in the Olympic edition of the Orange Power Programme in 2020.

PLN 100,050 was gained through running and marching by ING employees in 2018 Run Warsaw event were distributed to 10 NGOs on a competitive basis. In 2019, these organisations carried out their proprietary projects under which children practised sports and learned a healthy lifestyle.

  • Association for Assistance to the Disabled “Helpful Hand” in the town of Tarnowskie Góry – project “Noble health – we are nutrient conscious and active”
  • The Pińczów Local Government Community Centre – project titled “ROWELOVE. Orange Power on two wheels”
  • The Imielin Municipal Sports Club – project titled “Turbo kids! Parabadminton trainings for disabled wheel-chaired children”.
  • Philippe Nereus Association, the town of Ruda Śląska – project “Active and Passionate”
  • Bogucka Cottage Folk Association, the locality of Bogucice Pierwsze – the project titled “ATHLETIC AND HEALTHY BOGUCKA COTTAGE”
  • Jointly Association for the Residents of Żelisławice – the project titled “HEALTHY AND ACTIVE LIFESTYLE IN ŻELISŁAWICE”.
  • Association of Sports Lovers in Stróża – project titled “White Madness. Everybody at school goes skiing.”
  • Adults for Children Association for Education Development in Orzesze – Zazdrość – project totled “Correction of posture defects through physical activity”
  • The Ark Foundation, Łódź – “Orange Academy of Sports and Health” project
  • Social Welfare Foundation “Piece of Hapiness”, Lubicz Dolny – project “Sports and recreation activities for children and youth from rural areas in the Lubicz Municipality”.
Involvement of the ING running team / Orange Power competition
Year Number of runners Funds for ING for Children Foundation Sports projects
2019 706 runners and 1,500 walkers PLN 145,600 In 2020, the funds raised by ING employees who ran and marched in various sports events, will be allocated to sports equipment for children and the youth taking part in the Olympic edition of the Orange Power Programme. It is targeted at the primary schools, sports clubs and organisations caring for children with motor, hearing or visual disabilities.
2018 708 runners and 585 walkers PLN 100,050 In 2018, the Foundation announced a competition, Orange Power for the children and youth activating projects. The competition was attended by 51 social organisations recommended by the ING employees. The 10 projects selected in a vote were implemented in 2019.

The Foundation donated free of charge a total of 3208 copies of books on autism (“Kosmita” (“Alien”), “Mam Zespol Aspergera” (“I have Asperger Syndrome”), Handbook for students and teachers) to schools, libraries, NGOs and individuals throughout Poland. Other donated books included a therapeutical book “Lucjan. Lew, jakiego nie było” (“Luciano. A unique lion”). The ING Polish Art Foundation published a book on art for children titled “The art for children”. “Bałwan w lodówce” (“Snowman in the fridge”).

In the 2018/2019 school year, 144 teams from 76 schools participated in the programme. During the final conference, which was held in June 13 teams presented their business ideas. The Programme is implemented by the Centre for Citizenship Education, with the support of ING Bank Śląski and ING Children Foundation.

The ING Children’s Foundation has initiated a series of open meetings called “Know more – meetings with the ING Children’s Foundation” In March, the experts invited by the Foundation talked about the spectrum of autism and Asperger’s syndrome, and in November, people who, despite their disabilities, play sports, are artists and act socially had their presentations. The meetings are attended by ING employees, NGO representatives, teachers and all interested parties. The meetings are recorded and made available free of charge.

From June to October 2019, the Centre for Contemporary Arts Ujazdowski Castle in Warsaw hosted the exhibition “Touch Art”. The organizers’ aim was to show that contemporary art does not have to be incomprehensible, and that contact with it can create an opportunity to experiment. The exhibition was accompanied by the workshop “Snowman at the Exhibition”, prepared on the basis of the book “Snowman in the fridge” and the accompanying scenarios. Thanks to the support of the ING Children’s Foundation and the ING Polish Arts Foundation, 546 children from 26 institutions attended the workshops.

ING Polish Arts Foundation

The Foundation was established 20 years ago. We believe that by creating a good art collection we will help promote artists, both male and female, and contemporary art. We want to promote the tradition of art collecting. Our activity is funded from the annual donations made by ING Group companies in Poland.

In 2019, the ING Polish Art Foundation celebrated the 20th anniversary of its establishment. To mark that occasion, the Foundation opened the exhibition called “The Spirit of Nature and Other Fairy Tales” in the Silesian Museum in Katowice. The exhibition presents 53 works of art from the Foundation’s collection and 3 works that are not a part of the collection. When organising the exhibition in the Silesian Museum, we asked Marek Pokorný, the curator and director of the PLATO Gallery in Ostrava, Czech Republic, to collaborate with us. It was a very difficult task to prepare an exhibition based on a specific collection of works of art due to the sheer number of themes and the relationships between the individual works of art. However, we have been able to combine two seemingly independent motifs in a surprisingly refreshing manner. The first motif is related to nature and the care about its condition. Silesia in general, and the Silesian Museum in particular (being a place built underground at a former mining site), seems to be the perfect place to ponder on the relationship between man and nature, and about the nature of human interference with the environment. Therefore, it made us particularly glad to be able to show our collection to the world in this very place. The second motif comes from the novel called “The Manuscript Found in Saragossa” by the Polish author Jan Potocki. The frame narrative of the novel was an inspiration to build the exhibition where each work of art is a separate story full of different plots and motifs that blend into a whole. The exhibition is a beautiful metaphor of the times we live in – the times of worry about the world and nature; the times that are difficult also due to the number of messages and ideas that are often conflicting, that make important things seem to be out of reach, and reaching the truth seem impossible. As part of the celebrations, there were also private viewings for guests and bank employees. The private viewing was translated into the Polish sign language; in addition, there were also assistants who were audio descriptors and who walked guests with visual impairment around the exhibition.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Foundation, more than 8,000 employees of the Bank and ING companies received a book presenting the ING Polish Art Foundation collection built from 2000 to 2020.

In 2019, 13 works of art, 3 female artists and 4 male artists representing various media: painting, sculpture, ceramics, video performance, work on paper and objects, joined the collection of ING Polish Art Foundation. The works from the collection were loaned to 7 exhibitions in museums and art galleries in Bydgoszcz, Wrocław, Poznań, Katowice and Warsaw.

As of 2017, the works of one female artist, one male artist or a group of artists presented during the Warsaw Gallery Weekend are selected to join our collection in a competition. With our award, we not only want to express our recognition for the Polish female- and male artists but we also want to support art galleries within WGW that build the position of the Polish art scene on the international art market. Warsaw Gallery Weekend provides not only an opportunity to visit an exhibition but also to buy works of art. Art patronage by private patrons is indispensable for the development of the local art scene and it is also a token of recognition for the Polish artists. Therefore, we encourage both private individuals and companies to embark on that extraordinary journey that is called “art collecting”.

In 2019, the jury selected the work called “The Smiths” by Mikołaj Sobczak. The jury granted a special award in 2019 to Galeria Szara of Katowice.

The Collection of ING Polish Art Foundation 2000-2020

To mark the 20th anniversary of the ING Polish Art Foundation, the Foundation published a book called “The Collection of ING Polish Art Foundation 2000-2020”. The book which is available in Polish and English presents the entire collection held by the Foundation and the biographies of the artists whose works are displayed.

 

“Przewodnik kolekcjonowania sztuki najnowszej 2” [Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art, Vol. 2]

A book by Piotr Bazylko and Krzysztof Masiewicz. It is a new collection of information and advice addressed to all people who consider buying a work of art or collecting Polish contemporary art. In 2008, the authors published their first book called “Przewodnik kolekcjonera sztuki najnowszej” [Guide of Contemporary Art Collector]; it was the first guide on the market that presented biographies of 66 artists, as well as opinions of critics, curators, collectors, gallery owners and artists themselves. In “Przewodnik kolekcjonowania sztuki najnowszej 2” [Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art, Vol. 2], the authors revisited the themes while adding new chapters, including one on investing on the contemporary art market, the most important Polish works of art and collections in the 21st century which included works from the ING Polish Art Foundation.

“This publication is supposed to encourage readers to collect works of art and to show them that collecting art is not that difficult and it certainly is fascinating. The absolute majority of the Guide relies on our own personal experiences. The book has not been written by outside observers of the Polish- or international art market. It has been written by people who have co-created and who have been active on that market for nearly two decades”, the authors wrote in the foreword. The book was published thanks to the collaboration between ING Polish Art Foundation and the publishing house Wydawnictwo Bęc Zmiana.

Professional Artist is an educational project addressed to art students in Poland. As part of the project, expert lecturers: artists, curators, critics and gallery owners employed by the Foundation offer cycles of classes in collaboration with art universities all over the country. In 2019, the Professional Artist project expanded its scope – the lecturers visited art universities in 10 Polish cities; the classes were attended by 633 students.  During the classes, attendees were able to learn more about the tools and practices that will help them work as artists.  The Professional Artist project was accompanied by a sociology study on perception of the future; the results were published in the “Notes na 6 Tygodni” magazine.

In 2019, the Foundation also continued the “Lew Salonowy” programme addressed to the bank employees. As part of the programme, the Foundation organised guided tours at exhibitions, private viewings and breakfasts with artists.

Our collection remains one of few corporate collections in Poland. The works of art are normally shown in the registered offices of the Founders in Warsaw and Katowice. The reproductions are made available on the website as part of the Creative Commons licence.

In 2019, the ING Polish Art Foundation celebrated the 20th anniversary of its establishment. To mark that occasion, the Foundation opened the exhibition called “The Spirit of Nature and Other Fairy Tales” in the Silesian Museum in Katowice. The exhibition presents 53 works of art from the Foundation’s collection and 3 works that are not a part of the collection. When organising the exhibition in the Silesian Museum, we asked Marek Pokorný, the curator and director of the PLATO Gallery in Ostrava, Czech Republic, to collaborate with us. It was a very difficult task to prepare an exhibition based on a specific collection of works of art due to the sheer number of themes and the relationships between the individual works of art. However, we have been able to combine two seemingly independent motifs in a surprisingly refreshing manner. The first motif is related to nature and the care about its condition. Silesia in general, and the Silesian Museum in particular (being a place built underground at a former mining site), seems to be the perfect place to ponder on the relationship between man and nature, and about the nature of human interference with the environment. Therefore, it made us particularly glad to be able to show our collection to the world in this very place. The second motif comes from the novel called “The Manuscript Found in Saragossa” by the Polish author Jan Potocki. The frame narrative of the novel was an inspiration to build the exhibition where each work of art is a separate story full of different plots and motifs that blend into a whole. The exhibition is a beautiful metaphor of the times we live in – the times of worry about the world and nature; the times that are difficult also due to the number of messages and ideas that are often conflicting, that make important things seem to be out of reach, and reaching the truth seem impossible. As part of the celebrations, there were also private viewings for guests and bank employees. The private viewing was translated into the Polish sign language; in addition, there were also assistants who were audio descriptors and who walked guests with visual impairment around the exhibition.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Foundation, more than 8,000 employees of the Bank and ING companies received a book presenting the ING Polish Art Foundation collection built from 2000 to 2020.

In 2019, 13 works of art, 3 female artists and 4 male artists representing various media: painting, sculpture, ceramics, video performance, work on paper and objects, joined the collection of ING Polish Art Foundation. The works from the collection were loaned to 7 exhibitions in museums and art galleries in Bydgoszcz, Wrocław, Poznań, Katowice and Warsaw.

As of 2017, the works of one female artist, one male artist or a group of artists presented during the Warsaw Gallery Weekend are selected to join our collection in a competition. With our award, we not only want to express our recognition for the Polish female- and male artists but we also want to support art galleries within WGW that build the position of the Polish art scene on the international art market. Warsaw Gallery Weekend provides not only an opportunity to visit an exhibition but also to buy works of art. Art patronage by private patrons is indispensable for the development of the local art scene and it is also a token of recognition for the Polish artists. Therefore, we encourage both private individuals and companies to embark on that extraordinary journey that is called “art collecting”.

In 2019, the jury selected the work called “The Smiths” by Mikołaj Sobczak. The jury granted a special award in 2019 to Galeria Szara of Katowice.

The Collection of ING Polish Art Foundation 2000-2020

To mark the 20th anniversary of the ING Polish Art Foundation, the Foundation published a book called “The Collection of ING Polish Art Foundation 2000-2020”. The book which is available in Polish and English presents the entire collection held by the Foundation and the biographies of the artists whose works are displayed.

 

“Przewodnik kolekcjonowania sztuki najnowszej 2” [Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art, Vol. 2]

A book by Piotr Bazylko and Krzysztof Masiewicz. It is a new collection of information and advice addressed to all people who consider buying a work of art or collecting Polish contemporary art. In 2008, the authors published their first book called “Przewodnik kolekcjonera sztuki najnowszej” [Guide of Contemporary Art Collector]; it was the first guide on the market that presented biographies of 66 artists, as well as opinions of critics, curators, collectors, gallery owners and artists themselves. In “Przewodnik kolekcjonowania sztuki najnowszej 2” [Guide to Collecting Contemporary Art, Vol. 2], the authors revisited the themes while adding new chapters, including one on investing on the contemporary art market, the most important Polish works of art and collections in the 21st century which included works from the ING Polish Art Foundation.

“This publication is supposed to encourage readers to collect works of art and to show them that collecting art is not that difficult and it certainly is fascinating. The absolute majority of the Guide relies on our own personal experiences. The book has not been written by outside observers of the Polish- or international art market. It has been written by people who have co-created and who have been active on that market for nearly two decades”, the authors wrote in the foreword. The book was published thanks to the collaboration between ING Polish Art Foundation and the publishing house Wydawnictwo Bęc Zmiana.

Professional Artist is an educational project addressed to art students in Poland. As part of the project, expert lecturers: artists, curators, critics and gallery owners employed by the Foundation offer cycles of classes in collaboration with art universities all over the country. In 2019, the Professional Artist project expanded its scope – the lecturers visited art universities in 10 Polish cities; the classes were attended by 633 students.  During the classes, attendees were able to learn more about the tools and practices that will help them work as artists.  The Professional Artist project was accompanied by a sociology study on perception of the future; the results were published in the “Notes na 6 Tygodni” magazine.

In 2019, the Foundation also continued the “Lew Salonowy” programme addressed to the bank employees. As part of the programme, the Foundation organised guided tours at exhibitions, private viewings and breakfasts with artists.

Our collection remains one of few corporate collections in Poland. The works of art are normally shown in the registered offices of the Founders in Warsaw and Katowice. The reproductions are made available on the website as part of the Creative Commons licence.

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