Humber Street Gallery, which is managed and run by Absolutely Cultured, has today announced its programme for June through to September, including a huge opportunity for local emerging artists.
The 2022-23 INTER_CHANGE talent development programme opens to applications from today, the gallery’s summer season includes a brand new exhibition commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, as well as supporting activity, events and the latest works to be displayed as part of HSG Open Call.
INTER_CHANGE is a free year-long initiative which will support local creatives at the start of their careers. A core cohort of up to 12 will be selected to participate in a 12-month professional development programme, which will culminate in a final exhibition and/or public events programme at Humber Street Gallery in Autumn 2023.
An informal “associate” group of 15 to 20 creative practitioners will also be supported and invited to participate in any broader developmental INTER_CHANGE activities and events.
It is aimed at people aged 18 and over, living primarily in Hull and surrounding areas, who are at the beginning of a career in visual or performing arts and looking for professional guidance.
Beginning in September 2022, those taking part will codesign and co-produce the programme themselves to best reflect and support their collective and individual needs. Depending on the priorities of the participants, the programme could include workshops, exchange visits to cultural institutions, hands on experience within Absolutely Cultured’s social action communities in Spring Bank and Gipsyville, mentorship and more.
Lauren Saunders, Learning and Talent Development Manager of Absolutely Cultured, said, “INTER_CHANGE is such a great opportunity for the early-career artists of Hull because it’s a meaningful, accessible space to grow as a creative practitioner. Increasing access to this kind of opportunity is crucial in building personal and professional confidence, developing mutually-supportive networks, as well as addressing the difficulties and barriers that we know emerging artists experience when trying to work within creative industries.
“Artists don’t have to move away to cross the next threshold of their creative career, and in turn, the city retains the creative talent needed to develop a thriving, sustainable and world-class local cultural sector. I’m really looking forward to meeting, supporting and working alongside the new INTER_CHANGE cohort throughout the programme.”
Applications are open from 26 May and close midnight 26 June 2022. Learn more about the programme and how to apply here. INTER_CHANGE is made possible and is free to take part thanks to funding from Arts Council England and Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
From Wednesday 29 June in Space 2, Humber Street Gallery is delighted to present contemporary artist Harold Offeh’s new exhibition, “Hull Television Workshop”. Influenced by Sesame Workshop (SW), the American non-profit organisation that produced Sesame Street, Offeh will facilitate workshops with Hull community groups to co-create HTW episodes.
The space will be part TV studio, editing suite, and production space. Focusing on workshops as the main format for enabling public engagement. Like Sesame Street, designed to help low-income families prepare for school, HTW will have a strong social purpose. Each episode’s focus will be led by people in Hull for people in Hull. HTW will screen a variety of programmes, such as animations, talk shows, documentaries or music shows.
Harold Offeh is an artist working in a range of media including performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. There will be an opportunity to hear from the artist and celebrate the work created with the Hull groups at a free-to-attend Wrap Party on 25 August.
Humber Street Gallery is also excited to share the latest selection of works as part of its HSG Open Call 2022 project, displaying pre-existing pieces submitted by local artists for free on the walls of the vibrant ground floor café and bar space. From July it will feature a selection of works by Keith Porteus.
Throughout July and August, Space 1 will be available to artists, organisations and businesses to hire for projects and events. To find out more or make an enquiry, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The venue’s regular schedule of wellness events will run alongside the above, with new dates scheduled for their regularly sold-out Sound Bath experiences on the last Saturday of each month and Yoga @ Humber Street Gallery continuing every Wednesday, 6-7pm.
Tickets for all Humber Street Gallery activity can be found on their website and on Eventbrite: absolutelycultured.co.uk/humberstreetgallery.
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