PAWEL JELENSKI. Artist and community worker.

Since 2002 I have been working with an NGOs (Non-Governmental Organisations) which helps social groups to improve their life and art skills. I had the opportunity to start my own cultural projects from several grants. I worked as a volunteer by Leonardo da Vinci II Programme and PAUCI. My most successful programmes were from the EACEA Brussels funds (I was a project coordinator of three grants between 2006-2013) and Dreams and Visions programme created by Norfolk-based Christian Community which fund was transfered to help with the creation of the polish organisation Norfolk Polonia CIC in Norwich (Norfolk, July 2018) supporting polish migrants. I am a co-founder of this organisation (with Dorota Darnell) and a Managing Director. We are helping around 6,000 Poles living in Norwich. Since 2021 our organisation has managed the local West Earlham Community Centre in Norwich, which is a major honour and success for the Polish community in Norfolk.

I worked as well with ESOL group in Dereham Babtist Church Community, The Hanseatic Union in King's Lynn, Lynn Museum in King's Lynn, West Acre Theatre, Polish Saturday School in Norwich and between 2008-2021 as a Inclusion Teacher Assistant in SEN provisions in primary schools in Norwich.

During my art development, I focused on film, theatre, photography and music. I performed in theatres in Poland (Wroclaw and Jelenia Gora) and in England (Dereham Theatre Company). In 2020 I have created the Polish Drama Group in Norwich. Since 2005 I have been a creator in independent cinema. I have created many short films. Some of them have been shown at festivals in Poland, Germany, USA, India and Serbia. In 2010 I had also opportunity to perform live in commercial television TVN in morning show broadcast. Between 2009-2014 I was a co-founder of polish software for screenwriters Scenarius (non-expanding project) and social web service supporting disabled people in the independent film industry (non-expanding project). 

Currently I use art knowledge and experience as a education process for young adults and children. I am doing also own independent art projects.

I hold Master's Degree in Education in Fine Arts from the Pedagogical University of Krakow, BA in Pedagogy from the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw and PGDip in Management in Education from the University of Lower Silesia in Wroclaw.