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IPS Art Exhibition 2011 Part of Culture Night and Integration Project

September 13, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The annual Irish Polish Society at 20 Fitzwilliam Place Dublin 2.   Exhibiting artists are Marta Wakula-Mac, Camilla Fanning,  Maciej Smoleńsk,  Orla Kaminska,  Martin Reynolds, Ula Retzlaff,  Deirdre Lennon , Helena Johnston , Marysia Harasimowicz  Roman Furgalski . Exhibition curator Marysia Harasimowicz. The exhibition by Irish and Polish artists includes a range of media; oil, acrylic, print, drawings in pencils &, ceramics. It is included in the 2011 Culture Night Progamme and Dublin City Council’s Office for Integration ‘One City One People’ campaign (
The Exhibition is open afternoons on Friday to Sunday until October 22.
Fridays: – Oct 7th, 14th, 21st 12pm—5pm
Saturdays: Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd 1.45pm- 6pm
Sundays: Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th Oct, 1pm-6pm


The IPS Annual Art Exhibition is delighted to be included in the 2011 Culture Night progamme. Along with the rest of Dublin’s cultural centres, Polish House, at 20 Fitzwilliam Place,Dublin 2 will open its doors to visitors on the night where they will find music and art waiting for them.

As a non-profit organisation encouraging integration and cultural understanding the IPS is also very pleased to be taking part in the Dublin City Council’s Office for Integration ‘One City One People’ Campaign running across the city this autumn

For over 30 years, the Irish Polish Society has provided a place for Poles and Irish people to mix and socialise, and to learn about each other’s culture during various events and social gatherings. The society runs a full years programme including speakers on a variety of topics both cultural and historical, music and seasonal events, frequently with the opportunity to sample Polish cuisine. The Annual IPS Art exhibition is an opportunity to bring the two cultures together with both Irish & Polish artists exhibiting.

The Exhibition will be opened by J.J. Macken. The Longford artist is well known for his experimental approach to watercolour technique, and whose works are included in the private collections of Mick Jagger and Albert Reynolds.

This year the artists exhibiting include Marta Wakula-Mac whose work has been described as ‘a provocative and intriguing collection of images from the world of observation and the imagination’ showing etching and linocut, Maciej Smoleński is 80 this year and exhibits two large pieces “Octopus and drowning rabbit” and “Spanish Fiesta” from his early collections, Martin Reynolds who shows architectural drawing, Ula Retzlaff a printmaker and painter exhibits current work, Deirdre Lennon who exhibits seascapes inspired by Connemara, Orla Kaminska who exhibits ‘Rock Pools’ – a series of studio ceramic pieces inspired by seaside trips this Summer, Helena Johnston who includes landscapes she painted en-plein air in Provence and Gdansk, Marysia Harasimowicz who exhibits etchings from her ‘Diva’ series which explore the theme of celebrity, Roman Furgalski who exhibits recent paintings and Camilla Fanning who this year exhibits a selection of graphic works on paper.

What: Annual Irish Polish Society Art Exhibition
Where: Polish House, 20 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin
When: The Exhibition is open afternoons on Friday to Sunday from September 22 to October 22.
Opening Times of the IPS exhibition
Thursday 22nd Sept: 12pm – 5.00pm; Friday 23rd Culture Night: 12pm – 5pm and 6.30pm – 9.15pm
Fridays: – 30th Sept, Oct 7th, 14th, 21st 12pm—5pm
Saturdays: 24th, Sept Oct 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd 1.45pm- 6pm
Sundays: 25th Sept, Oct 2nd, 9th, 16th Oct, 1pm-6pm
See for information about joining the society.

Attached pictures –

Title: Diva in Blue
Medium: Etching
Artist: Marysia

Title: Provence
Medium: Oil Paint
Artist: Helena Johnston

(The ‘Diva series’ is inspired by the famous and infamous ” I enjoy recreating the pose and the expression of these attention seeking women).

For more information and details about the Exhibition please contact –
Curator –Marysia Harasimowicz or phone 087-6853452
For more copy or images please contact –
PR – Camilla Fanning at

One City One People
Office for Integration Dublin City Council: Notice of One City One People Campaign 2011



Dublin City Council’s Office for Integration (OFI) is pleased to lead this key initiative for the city again in the Autumn of 2011 focused on city’s immigrant population to promote inclusion, integration and to combat racism and discrimination. The One City One People Campaign will use a variety of mediums to promote the message that Dublin is an open city, a city which respects and embraces difference, is accessible, safe and equal and does not accept racism and discrimination.


The OFI with the support of the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration within the Department of Justice and Equality together with the participation of the city transport companies Veoila, Dublin Bus, DART Irish Rail and many migrant networks, organisations along with museums, libraries, galleries, and open spaces that will promote this campaign for a month. A strong focus this year will be to examine invisible and hidden discrimination and racism and uncover the areas where such practice is occurring


We are also delighted to host the Council of Europe and the European Commission’s Intercultural Cities Project Study seminar on Community and social space.


A number of key projects and programmes linked to this will run through the autumn and are listed in short below: All details are correct at going to print and are subject to change. Please check the website and individual websites for all details and news as the events take place. We are also on Facebook at Intercultural Dublin Please support and join us and please pass on this information to those you feel will be interested.

Please check the website and like our face book to promote all these events.

Facebook: Intercultural Dublin Website: Intercultural Dublin“One of Dublin’s strengths is in engaging citizens in its intercultural efforts. All possible means are being used to reach out to the greatest number – debates, festivals, art, street encounters, facebook…What makes it work is the genuine openness of the leadership
to new ideas and initiatives from the grassroot” – Robert Palmer, Council of Europe.

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