‘Witajcie!’* to University Polish season
5 October 2012
Forty larger-than-life lime wood sculptures, a world-renowned
sociologist and insights into the life and death of famed piano
composer Frederic Chopin are all taking centre stage in a unique
Polish Season at the University of Hull.
The season has been created to celebrate connections with the
local Polish communities, while also celebrating the University’s
academic links with the European country.
The eye-catching Odyssey exhibition features
40 statues carved by British artist Robert Koenig from wood
originating in the Polish village his mother hailed from. Standing
at two and a half metres tall and arranged en masse, they have
become a striking addition to the University’s Hull campus.
Robert Koenig will be talking about this
Odyssey as part of the official season launch on October 11,
followed by a session with poet Ruth Padel, focusing on
Other notable highlights of the season include
a seminar by sociologist Zygmunt Bauman, renowned for his theories
about consumer society and connecting modern society with the
Holocaust. Author Adam Zamoyski will offer insights into the
life of composer Chopin, interspersed with live music from
University of Hull musicians. Chopin’s death – or specifically, the
‘protein tangles’ that made him ill, is the focus of another event.
And on December 5, pupils of the nearby Polish School at St Mary’s
College will join a special St Nicholas Day celebration at
Professor Martin Goodman, director of the
Philip Larkin Centre of Creative Writing, said: “The University is
proud to have its own Polish consul and a rich tradition of
academic links with Poland. With such a strong Polish community in
Hull this season is a real chance to both celebrate and learn about
a rich heritage that is truly important to us.
“Spinning out of the Philip Larkin Centre’s
regular programme of events we are delighted to link the expertise
of our own staff and students with a great host of exciting
visitors, showcasing music, poetry, film, art, stories and ideas.
We do hope everyone feels welcome to drop by the campus and take
Professor Alison Yarrington, Dean of the
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, said: “As an anchor
institution for the region, we are pleased to be able to embrace
this opportunity to connect with the Polish community in such a
rich and vibrant way.
“There is a huge range of events on offer and
we look forward to welcoming visitors to the campus and to share
our research and cultural engagement.”
The launch event with Robert Koenig takes place at the ArtCafe
in Middleton Hall on Thursday, October 11, starting at 5.30pm.
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