Floodlights, 2021. Absolutely Cultured © Tom Stevens 


We are so excited to share the details for FloodLights, our newly-commissioned public project featuring captivating projections and soundscapes – brand new for Hull in Autumn 2021.

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

We are excited to be working with artists Limbic CinemaVent Media and Hull-based Davy & Kristin McGuire ,who have all drawn inspiration from the subject of “living with water”. Over 22-24 October, 6:30-9:30pm, they will be bringing the city centre to life with moving animations, light installations and atmospheric music.

Find out more about our three installations:

Sinuous City
Limbic Cinema

Davy & Kristin McGuire

Vent Media

To prepare for this public project, we worked with students and researchers from the University of Hull to unpack the theme of water. Participants took part in three creative workshops that covered a variety of topics, such as water as material and in memory, impacts of water on pollution and climate change, and water in symbolism, myth and superstition.

Working with local residents in the Gipsyville area, we’re also approaching these ideas in weekly creative sessions, supported by Hull Libraries and local artists Andy Pea and Hull Carnival Arts. Families and young people are being encouraged to think about these topics while preparing for an upcoming parade around their neighbourhood on the opening night of FloodLights.

FloodLights Panel Discussion:
What is the role of arts and culture in addressing the issues that affect society?

21 October, 4-5:30pm

As part of Marketing Humber’s Waterline Summit series of events, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion exploring the role of arts and culture in addressing the issues that face wider society.

Chaired by Absolutely Cultured’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director Stephen Munn, it will feature panelists including Lee Pitcher, Head of Partnerships at Yorkshire Water and General Manager of the Living with Water Partnership; Briony McDonagh, Professor of Environmental Humanities at the University of Hull and Lead for the Risky Cities project; Dr Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader at ARUP; and Tom Newell & Thomas Buttery from Limbic Cinema.

This project has been made possible with the support of our partners, Living With Water, Yorkshire Water and the University of Hull.

22-24 October 2021

Hull city centre


Outdoor installations are unticketed

Limbic Cinema's indoor installation will be ticketed to manage capacity. More info can be found on their page.

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