From a giant domino run through the city to the seventh and final act from the Land of Green Ginger, let us take you back to the incredible events of 2018 and of course some of your favourite 2017 ones.
Through his art, music, performance and politics, British artist and anarchist Jamie Reid has become somewhat of a punk icon, rebelling against society’s social and cultural injustices. As part of its 2018 programme, Humber Street Gallery presented Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit, which showcased a variety of material spanning several decades from the 1970’s to the present.
Absolutely Cultured presented Urban Legends: Northern Lights, a newly commissioned outdoor event featuring captivating projections and atmospheric soundscapes, brand new for Hull in winter 2018.
From 21 July until 30 September 2018, Humber Street Gallery was proud to present Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art, celebrating some of the most extraordinary and innovative art created with technology.
The UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival of new writing returned to Hull in September 2018. Bringing over 30 events to the city over three days, leading poets and world class spoken word artists will take to the stage alongside brand new voices.
Building on the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival, we were delighted to partner with the BBC and Wrecking Ball Press to produce the return of the BBC’s national poetry and spoken word festival Contains Strong Language. As part of the programme we produced Home Town Story, captivating theatrical journey through the back streets of Hull.
This internationally acclaimed, site-specific celebratory event, took over Hull playing with the architecture of the city on a 3.5km domino run – a moving sculpture, both playful and epic.
Residents across the city of Hull were gifted the seventh and final Act of Wanton Wonder from Land of Green Ginger – a beautifully illustrated, limited edition book.
Reflecting on the ideas of congregation and the power of public assembly, It Takes a Village featured works by artists including Romily Alice (UK), Derek Alexis Coard (USA), Tessa Lynch (UK), Lakwena Maciver (UK), Hardeep Pandhal (UK) and Paul Yore (AUS).
On 8 January 2017, the people of Hull woke up to discover a 75m wind turbine blade had mysteriously appeared in Queen Victoria Square. The 25 tonne structure was transported overnight from Siemens, where it was made, through the city in a complex operation, which saw more than 50 items of street furniture removed.
As part of Hull 2017’s second season, Roots and Routes, North Atlantic Flux was an experimental festival celebrating Hull’s Nordic links, while exploring the best in sonic creativity.
Curated by the Crafts Council, States of Play at Humber Street Gallery invited you to be playful with pieces of art, from the fascinating to the bizarre. Visitors were able to try their luck on a slot machine, create waves with their breath, or meet Combover Joe - the exhibition’s resident robot.
As the host of the first ever UK Pride, Hull was at the forefront of the celebrations to mark 50 years since the start of decriminilisation of homosexuality in the UK.
Hull Truck Theatre
Honouring one of Hull’s trailblazers who battled to improve safety on North Sea trawlers, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 premiered The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca during the final season of Hull 2017, Tell the World.