Practice in Place was the culminating activity of Fruit Factory Network, a year-long pilot programme created to support the development of visual artists living and working in Hull.
The programme was been centered around visits to some of the UK’s visual art hubs, museums, galleries, residency programmes and artist-run spaces to showcase leading examples, as well as connecting artists from Hull with arts professionals working across the country.
Practice in Place saw the participants exhibit a varied collection of works at Humber Street Gallery. The artists produced responses to a multitude of concerns including climate change, displacement and migration, and have done so through a variety of art forms, including painting, photography, film and more.
To download and read more about the works exhibited, click below:
Roots, a participatory work by Lauren Saunders
Based on images of plants, wildlife and nature abstracted through the making process,
participants were invited to add to the pre-existing collage in this participatory work to develop visual conversations about our personal relationships with nature and the environment.
To get involved, you can draw directly on the print or bring a pre-prepared design to add to the piece.
Additional designs by Saunders were available to download to print, cut and attach to the work. Each download had different styles of design; “Marks” and “Objects”.
There was also an online version of this participatory experiment which people could contribute to digitally:
About the artists
Jessie Davies lives and works in the Humber region. Through lived disability, Davies situates herself directly into the ecosystem of the region, producing intimate and textural paintings and soundscapes based on the rural environment. A short cycle ride from the Humber estuary, Davies produces work by immersing herself into the reeds and foliage, extensively researching specific habitats and ecologies. Her work highlights important but fragile wetland environments which play a vital role in our wider ecosystem.
Ruby Deverell lives and works in Hull. Interested in bodies of water, a focal point to which she regularly returns, the artist has travelled extensively to capture abstract representations of place, patterns and movement, primarily using analogue photography.
The Dirars (Arafa, Mayas, Ethar, Waieel, Akram and Gaida Dirar), are a group of collaborative artists based in Hull. Born in West Sudan the family arrived in the UK in 2015 as refugees through then UN gateway resettlement programme. Having spent four years in a refugee camp in Egypt, the group developed their skills in drawings, paintings and poetry to reflect and share their story and to draw attention to the ongoing plight of the millions of people fleeing war and persecution.
Nash Hales is a Fine Art student at Leeds Arts University. Through painting, the artist creates surrealist imagery that journals dream worlds and hallucinations as a mode to explore futurism and hyperreality.
Wilf Holloway is a multimedia artist based in Hull, who works mainly with paint, pastels and fabric. The artist uses instinctive, logical process and elements of mathematical construction, both in colour and form, to create engaging and special compositions.
Lucy Howson lives and works in Hull. Howson uses painting and object making as an autobiographical tool to capture her domestic surroundings, a theme that she parallels with 19th century impressionist painters who became increasingly fascinated with their personal environments.
Sam Metz studied Architecture and Critical Theory at University of Nottingham and has previously trained in physical theatre. They worked out of the Makerspace in Hull during 2019. Metz’s work researches, creates and reflects on the concept of what they refer to as ‘choreographic objects’ – an object that has a relationship with movement, through its relation to the body, the making process or in its appearance. They work across the mediums of animation, analogue and digital film, painting and craft.
As a neurodivergent artist with sensory processing differences, these objects allow Metz to work in non-verbal ways that begin and end in movement and embodied interactions without recourse to traditionally privileged verbal and written forms of communication.
Myles Noble is a visual artist based in Hull and is currently a student on the BA Fine Art course at Hull College. Noble’s practice explores drawing, painting, moving image and performance, to confront themes of mortality and illness which are drawn from the artists personal lived experiences.
Lauren Saunders is a Hull-based visual artist-activist who explores questions surrounding environmental ethics within her highly experimental and philosophy-inspired drawing practice. She is also co-editor of critical and accessible Hull arts journal The Critical Fish.
William Vinegrad is an artist whose work explores consumerism, the environment and gender. Vinegrad works in a variety of mediums, including performance, photography, and mixed media, often using humour, song and beauty as points of access.
Fruit Factory Network is run by Humber Street Gallery in partnership with Hull College and Back to Ours, with additional support from IVE.
Dance Exchange Hull, 2019 © Tom Arran
Meet the funders
Installation View. Practice in Place. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists, 2020. © Jules Lister
Practice In Place
HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
1:1 Advice Surgeries with Arts Council England
50 Queers for 50 Years Workshop © Chris Pepper
Creative Micro-Commission Programme
Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Chi He
Nnena Kalu, Wrapping. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Wrapping, Nnena Kalu
Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand
Installation View. Jade Montserrat, Instituting Care. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care
Ella Dorton, Journey to the Centre of the Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas). Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Journey To The Centre Of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas), Ella Dorton
The Witching Hour, Absolutely Cultured © LDi Studios
The Witching Hour
Man On The Moon Keisha Thompson. IETM Hull 2019 © Keisha Thompson
IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme
Installation view. Measures of Life, The Lumen Prize for Digital Art. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2018. © Tom Arran
Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art
Dominoes, Absolutely Cultured © Rob Battersby
Blade © Tom Arran
A Duckie Summer Tea Party/LGBT50 © Tom Arran
A Duckie Summer Tea Party / LGBT50
Chatty Hull, 2019 © Absolutely Cultured
Making work with and for communities
HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
Arts Council England under £15k Applications: Top Tips with Deb Ashby
Remote Talent Development
Installation view, 2019. Ollie Dook, Proboscidea Rappings. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook
Dance Exchange Programme, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
Dance Exchange Hull
Language Café © Chris Pepper
Hull Takeover: Previews © The Herd/The Roaring Girls/Just Club
Hull Takeover: Previews
Athena Papadopoulos, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale-Heart, courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist 2019. © James Mulkeen
A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos
Installation view. Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2019. © Tom Arran
Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit © Jamie Reid
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit
Contains Strong Language © BBC
Contains Strong Language
Land of Green Ginger © Tom Arran
Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay © Chris Pepper
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca © Hull Truck Theatre
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca
Gipsyville Christmas Tree, 2020 © Absolutely Cultured
Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist. © Jules Lister.
Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love
Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Volunteer Community Support and Crisis Response
Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. © Jules Lister
Lucy Clout, ZZZ
Lucy, 2019. Aniara Omann, Equanipolis. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Equanipolis, Aniara Omann
Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
IETM Hull © Tom Arran
Emerging Cultural Leaders Mobility Bursary 2019 - Information Event
PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019
Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. © James Mulkeen
Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones
Candoco Dance Company © Hugo Glendinning
IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting
Oh The Night! - imitating the dog. Urban Legends: Northern Lights, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Urban Legends: Northern Lights
Home Town Story, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
Home Town Story
Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2019. © James Mulkeen
It Takes a Village
Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2017 © Hull News & Pictures