Leebo in front of Rap is the Word , DRA Tracks 1988, Photo Credit Morn One TPG.

Live Like Legends

Live Like Legends is a bold and compelling celebration of Hull’s Street Art and graffiti scene. Taking place across two floors at Humber Street Gallery, the exhibition explores some of the joys and complexities of this unique form of public expression which has had a striking presence in the urban landscape of Hull since the early 1980s. 

Bringing together many generations of artists who have made critical contributions to the development of this vibrant and far-reaching cultural scene over the past forty years, Live Like Legends presents newly commissioned artworks highlighting the diversity of creative practice within this artistic community.  

Working collaboratively, the artists and an eclectic mix of contributors celebrate self-expression through highly stylised graffiti and multimedia work, alongside curated archival material including photography and previously unseen footage. This important cultural archive provides context to how the graffiti scene intersects with other aspects of street and youth culture, and alongside society more broadly. 

Included in this exhibition is work by Detour, Ekoe, K148, Kev Le Kat, Leebo, Lonny POP, mike sprout, Mr Joe, NoHone, OBOUT, Oman, Paris, Pesh, Pinky, SI2, Skeg, Sophie Cash, Spamdog, Vrok, Xenz, Yours and Ziml. 

Live Like Legends is co-produced by Absolutely Cultured, Paris, Pinky, and mike sprout. 

No matter your circumstances – Live Like Legends.


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Live Like Legends: Exhibition Launch Party

Thursday 18 July 2024
Humber Street Gallery
Free, no booking required

Join us to celebrate the launch of Humber Street Gallery’s new exhibition, Live Like Legends. Meet the artists, visit the exhibition and share a drink or two.

Film Screening: Style Wars & Heartlands

Thursday 1 August 2024
Humber Street Gallery
Pay what you can, booking required

Heartlands is the original Hull Graffiti documentary. Made in Hull in 1997 by CREATRIX and produced by Dave Coates, Heartlands features Leebo, Has2, Pinky, Smel, Spam, Merl, Perv, Admas, Eko, Paris, Xens, Risk and others.

Running time: 24 mins

Style Wars is regarded as the indispensable document of New York Street culture of the early ’80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis.

Style Wars captured the look and feel of New York’s ramshackle subway system as graffiti writers’ public playground, battleground and spectacular artistic canvas. Opposing them by every means possible were Mayor Edward Koch, the police, and the New York Transit Authority. Meanwhile MCs, DJs and B-boys rocked the city with new sounds and new moves and street corner breakdance battles evolved into performance art.

Running time: 1hr 9mins.

Style Wars screening and exhibition licensing by arrangement with Soundview Media Partners.

Thursday Lates with Trinity Warriors and DJ sets

Thursday 15 August 2024
Humber Street Gallery
Pay what you can, booking required

The urban creativity of street art, graffiti and hip-hop and DJ culture have been linked together for decades and these art forms have influenced and enriched each other. Join us at Humber Street Gallery as Derby-based breakdancing crew Trinity Warriors respond to the Live Like Legends exhibition. Trinity Warriors have competed at the highest level of global competition. They will be joined by DJs playing sets covering a variety of musical genres.

Live Like Legends Artist Talk

Thursday 22 August 2024
Humber Street Gallery

Pay what you can, booking required

Writer and creative consultant Leanne Cloudsdale chairs an artist talk exploring 40 years of Hull’s graffiti scene and associated culture in the city of Hull and beyond, with Paris, Pinky and mike sprout.

Leanne Cloudsdale is an experienced communications consultant, design journalist and founder of Concrete Communities. Her clients include Vitsœ, Studio Nicholson, RIMOWA, Margaret Howell, Vispring, Sedilia, LVMH, Cutler & Gross, Mr Porter, Coldwells Build, Universal Works, IKEA, Farfetch, Toast and Conran.

Time and Place: The Towns and Cities That Inspire Us

Thursday 12 September 2024
Humber Street Gallery
£6, booking required

A nostalgic trip through the many towns and cities – including Hull and Withernsea – that have inspired the authors during their careers.

Former Hacienda DJ turned writer Dave Haslam has written on towns and cities including Paris, New York and Manchester – and has also explored Hull’s legendary music scene. His interests lie particularly in life after dark – the hours of exploration, hedonism and inspiration out on the town at night.

Award-winning Northern writer, Adam Farrer’s acclaimed memoir Cold Fish Soup is a humorous and poignant exploration of how a place shapes its community. As Withernsea literally crumbles into the sea, how has this impacted the identity and spirit of the town.

They will be joined by host and author Lucy Nichol, who will discuss how Hull’s HU5 area and the city’s famous music venues played a significant role in the creation of her fictional dark comedies The Twenty Seven Club and Parklife.

An informal and relaxed evening of chat, readings and Q&A.

Friday 19 July – Sunday 22 September 2024

Space 1 & 2
Humber Street Gallery


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