Floodlights, 2021. Absolutely Cultured © Thom Arran


FloodLights  was 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 explored these issues – now even more pertinent than ever – through projection and light installations.

We are excited to have worked with artists Limbic CinemaVent Media and Hull-based Davy & Kristin McGuire, who had all drawn inspiration from the subject of “living with water”. Over 22-24 October, 6:30-9:30pm, they brought 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

For more information about FloodLights, check out our pages below:

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FloodLights Digital Programme

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 also approached these ideas in weekly creative sessions, supported by Hull Libraries and local artists Andy Pea and Hull Carnival Arts. Families and young people were encouraged to think about these topics while preparing for a light parade around their neighbourhood on the Saturday night of FloodLights.

This project was 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

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