FloodLights FAQs

What is FloodLights?

FloodLights is a newly-commissioned public project featuring captivating projections and soundscapes through Hull city centre.   

The city of Hull, and the lives of its inhabitants, has been shaped by its proximity and relationship to water.  Absolutely Cultured, working in partnership with Living With Water, Yorkshire Water and the University of Hull, will be exploring these issues – now even more pertinent than ever – through projection and light installations.   

The artists involved have all drawn inspiration from the subject of “living with water”. Over 22-24 October, 6:30pm – 9:30pm, they will be bringing the city centre to life with moving animations, light installations and atmospheric music.  

Alongside the city-centre, Absolutely Cultured is developing a Digital Programme, featuring a panel discussion as part of Marketing Humber’s Waterline Summit series of events - exploring the role of arts and culture in addressing the issues that face wider society. The discussion will be made available to view online as part of the digital programme, that will also feature related resources and more content from the artists involved in the event.  

Who are the artists involved?

The artists are Limbic Cinema, Davy and Kristin McGuire and Vent Media.  

When does FloodLights take place?

FloodLights will take place between Friday 22 and Sunday 24 October 2021 between 6:30pm and 9:30pm. 

On Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October, Limbic Cinema’s indoor installation Sinuous City will run from 11am – 9:30pm to offer audiences more chance to experience this limited capacity piece.

Where is it taking place?

The FloodLights projections will be presented in the city centre in the following locations: 

Sinuous City by Limbic Cinema at 51 Whitefriargate.

Sirens by Davy and Kristin McGuire can be viewed from the pedestrian bridge between Princes Dock Street and Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

Overflow by Vent Media can be viewed from George Street in front of George Street car park.  

A map of all locations can be found here:

Tap the map to download, or click here.

What time does it begin and end?

6:30pm – 9:30pm daily from Friday 22 until Sunday 24 October 2021.  

Sinuous City by Limbic Cinema will also be open from 11am – 9:30pm on Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 October.  

All of the pieces will be showing multiple times throughout the evening so you can start wherever you like and explore the different work in whichever order you want. As it’s over three nights you don’t even need to see them all on the same evening and can revisit as many times as you like.   

Do I need a ticket?

Sinuous City by Limbic Cinema is an indoor installation and is ticketed to manage capacity. Book your free ticket now on their artist page. 

Sirens by Davy and Kristin McGuire and Overflow by Vent Media take place outdoors and are also free to attend, with no tickets are required.   

Is there allocated seating?

There is no seating provided at this event. 

Is the show suitable for children?

Yes, this event is suitable for families and people of all ages.  


We aim to make our events as inclusive as possible. If you have any comments or suggestions around access, please email getinvolved@absolutelycultured.co.uk

Are the installations wheelchair accessible?

Yes, this event uses the city centre as it’s canvas and as such, each venue is wheelchair accessible.

The volunteers and stewards at the event will be briefed to ensure that wheelchair users are guided to the front of each viewing area for the works, to ensure the best experience of the work.

Is it suitable for those who are deaf or hard of hearing?

All of the pieces are predominantly visual and can be enjoyed by those who are D/deaf or hard of hearing.

Sinuous City by Limbic Cinema and Sirens by Davy and Kristin McGuire feature some abstract spoken word as part of the soundscapes for the piece. The transcripts for these elements will be uploaded to our website for the duration of the event.

Is it suitable for those with a visual impairment?

Unfortunately, due to the audio/visual nature of the projections we are not able to provide audio description.

Flashing lights, seizure warning and sensory warning

FloodLights features a mixture of atmospheric and loud music at all three of the projections. Sinuous City features strobing lights. Please check the individual artwork pages for more information.

Is there allocated seating?

There is no seating provided at this event.

Are there toilets nearby?

Accessible public toilets are available for use for free at Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

To find your nearest toilet, please ask a Volunteer on the day.

Where can I park?

Blue Badge parking is available free of charge for on street parking meters and pay and display meters across the city centre, as well as in City Centre car parks (except George Street and Osborne Street).

For a full list of available Blue Badge parking visit https://www.hull.gov.uk/parking-and-transport/car-parks-and-parking/disabled-badge-parking-blue-badge-parking

Can you provide publicity or information in alternative format or languages?

Unfortunately we are unable to provide advance information in alternative formats or languages.

Is the show suitable for children?

Yes, this event is suitable for families and people of all ages.



Sirens by Davy & Kristin McGuire is a projection piece in the waters of Princes Quay Dock.

The viewing area for the piece is from the bridge between Princes Quay Dock Street and Princes Quay Shopping Centre. Audiences will be able to look over the sides of the bridge to watch the installation underneath.

Wheelchair users should make themselves known to volunteers at the installation who will ensure they are guided to the best viewing position.

Those that require a less crowded experience should also make themselves known to the volunteers, who can guide them to a less crowded viewing area.

The projection is highly visual and features an atmospheric soundscape made up of watery sounds and music, along with a Sirens‘ song. The song itself is purposefully abstract and therefore the lyrics cannot be made out clearly. We have provided a transcript of the work here so that audiences can read the lyrics.


Overflow by Vent Media is a projection that takes place on the façade of Trinity House Academy.

The viewing area for the projection is on George Street in front of George Street car park.

Wheelchair users should make themselves known to volunteers at the installation who will ensure they are guided to the best viewing position.

The projection is highly visual and features an atmospheric soundscape with no spoken word.


Sinuous City by Limbic Cinema is an immersive experience that takes place inside an old shop unit at 51 Whitefriargate.

There is a limited capacity to view this piece. For guaranteed entry, you should book tickets, but there will be a limited amount of walk-up available for each slot.

Sinuous City will feature a series of projection pieces throughout the space with a show-style projection featuring projection, light, haze and sound, followed by a gallery-style exhibition.

The space is wheelchair accessible. Wheelchair users should make themselves known to volunteers at the entrance to the installation who will ensure they are guided to the best viewing position within the space.

The experience will be highly visual and the soundscape for the experience will feature poetry by Vicky Foster. The poetry will also be represented visually as well as in transcripts of the poems themselves which are available on our website.

Please arrive five minutes before your booked time slot, this is to make sure audiences have time to get in before the projection starts. Due to the nature of this installation, latecomers won’t be admitted. If you are late or miss your booked time slot, you are still welcome to visit Sinuous City by walk-up at another time slot, but you will not be guaranteed entry due to limited capacity.

As you enter, hand sanitiser will be available and a Test & Trace QR code will be on display for check-in. Masks are not mandatory, but we do encourage visitors to wear them as we will be indoors.

Please note: this experience will contain strobing lights and loud music.

Thanks to Elephant in The Room Disability Services for their Access Consultancy.


How do I get to the site?

This event takes place across the city centre so there are many bus and train routes available. We advise use of public transport, travelling by foot or cycle where possible. 

If you are travelling from outside Hull, please visit the Getting Around  page at Visit Hull for further information. 

Can I park on site?

Yes, city centre car parks, except for George Street car park, will be operating as normal so please visit their respective sites for further information on prices and opening hours.  

Suggested car parks include: 

  • Princes Quay Shopping Centre car park, Waterhouse Lane, Hull, HU1 2NL 
  • Osborne Street car park, Trundle Street, Hull, HU1 2NL
  • St Stephens Shopping Centre car park, 110 Ferensway, Hull, HU2 8LN 

Will there be road closures?

There will be a road closure in effect on George Street between Wilberforce Drive to Grimston Street over 22-24 October between 6 and 10pm. A diversion will be in effect.  

Will public transport be affected?

As there will be some road closures, some bus routes around the city centre will be affected. All buses will be departing as usual from Paragon Interchange.  


There are numerous places to stay overnight in Hull city centre and the surrounding area. For more details, please visit www.visithullandeastyorkshire.com 


Will the show be cancelled in bad weather?

The show is unlikely to be cancelled in bad weather, such as rain or light winds. If it does rain, please still join us and don’t forget your waterproofs! Please avoid bringing umbrellas which may block the view of others.  

In the event of severe weather, such as storms and high winds, please refer to the website event page and our official social media channels for the latest news on the day and before you travel. 


I’ve lost something whilst at the event, what do I do?

If you lost something whilst you were attending FloodLights, please get in touch with us via email at info@absolutelycultured.co.uk with a description of the item then we’ll see if it was found and will let you know as soon as we can. 

What do I do if I lose someone in the crowds?

If you lose someone or need assistance, please alert an event steward or a HEY! Volunteer. In the event of a lost child or vulnerable person, the stewards will implement an official lost child or vulnerable person procedure.  


Who are the organisers of the show?

FloodLights has been organised, commissioned and produced by Absolutely Cultured. 

Where does the money come from to fund the show?

The work of Absolutely Cultured would not happen without the generous support of funding partners, particularly Arts Council England and Hull City Council. 

FloodLights has been made possible with the support of Living With Water, Yorkshire Water, the University of Hull, the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Rollits and Wykeland.  

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