Past events

We are passionate about enhancing places, connecting people through the arts and we are proud of the city we are rooted in.

With this in mind, let’s look back on some of our ambitious, accessible, world-class cultural projects.

Managing yourself as a creative

© Absolutely Cultured

Managing yourself as a creative

We delved into how to maintain a healthy work-life balance, set boundaries and work with Unions in this online masterclass.

Managing yourself as a creative
FloodLights

Floodlights, 2021. Absolutely Cultured ¬© Tom Stevens‚ÄĮ

FloodLights

Projection and light installations commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, exploring the city of Hull's relationship to water.

FloodLights
Parklife / Stories from the Shires

Parklife / Stories from the Shires

Relive our Parklife exhibition and Stories from the Shires soundscape, originally part of Creative Hull, in our pop-up art space in Whitefriargate.

Parklife / Stories from the Shires
Sound Bath @ Humber Street Gallery

© Kat Griffin

Sound Bath @ Humber Street Gallery

Join us for a 90-minute immersive sound bath in the unique setting of Humber Street Gallery with sound healing specialist, Kat Griffin.

Sound Bath @ Humber Street Gallery
High Street Soundwalk Artist Talk: Jez riley French

© Pheobe riley Law

High Street Soundwalk Artist Talk: Jez riley French

In this informal talk, sound artist Jez riley French will discuss the soundwalk he has created about Whitefriargate for Heritage Open Days.

High Street Soundwalk Artist Talk: Jez riley French
HSG Open Call - Season Two

Installation view. HSG Open Call - Season Two. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2021. © Jules Lister

HSG Open Call - Season Two

HSG Open Call invites artists, printmakers and designers to submit pre-existing limited editions and original artworks to be displayed for free on the walls outside of our Humber Street Gallery spaces.

HSG Open Call - Season Two
Introduction to Fundraising in the Arts

Fruit Factory Network site visit to Bloc Projects, Sheffield © Absolutely Cultured

Introduction to Fundraising in the Arts

Learn ins and outs of fundraising. See for yourself that this daunting task doesn't have to be so difficult after all. During this workshop you'll learn where to start and how to plan your project, as well as where can you get the funding from.

Introduction to Fundraising in the Arts
In My Room, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings

Installation view. In My Room, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. Courtesy of Focal Point Gallery and the artists, 2020 © Anna Lukala

In My Room, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings

Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings’ first institutional exhibition develops the artists’ study of politics, histories and aesthetics of queer spaces and culture.

In My Room, Hannah Quinlan & Rosie Hastings
Enjoy Civic Life, Leo Fitzmaurice

Ferref. Leo Fitzmaurice, Enjoy Civic Life. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. © Jules Lister

Enjoy Civic Life, Leo Fitzmaurice

Leo Fitzmaurice reworks logos and signs as a response to a collection of mounted plaques on display in Hull’s Guildhall in this new exhibition of work, commissioned by Humber Street Gallery.

Enjoy Civic Life, Leo Fitzmaurice
HSG x GK Beaulah: Design Challenge

© GK Beaulah & Co Ltd

HSG x GK Beaulah: Design Challenge

To celebrate our new exhibition, Enjoy Civic Life by Leo Fitzmaurice, we launched our HSG x GK Beaulah: Design Challenge.

HSG x GK Beaulah: Design Challenge
Yoga @ Humber Street Gallery

Yoga @ Humber Street Gallery

Humber Street Gallery’s weekly yoga classes offer a unique setting to practice - it's a yoga studio like no other!

Yoga @ Humber Street Gallery
Creative Hull

Creative Hull © Studio Capri

Creative Hull

Creative Hull was a weekend-long celebration of the creativity and culture that Hull has to offer.

Creative Hull
Life as a Creative

Fruit Factory Network site visit to Bloc Projects, Sheffield © Absolutely Cultured

Life as a Creative

Are you starting out your creative career? Interested in finding out how others make a career in the arts?

Life as a Creative
HSG Open Call - Season One (2021)

Installation View. HSG Open Call - Season One. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists, 2021. © Jules Lister

HSG Open Call - Season One (2021)

HSG Open Call invites artists, printmakers and designers to submit pre-existing limited editions and original artworks to be displayed for free on the walls outside of our Humber Street Gallery spaces.

HSG Open Call - Season One (2021)
Autosuggestions, Leo Fitzmaurice

Autosuggestions, Leo Fitzmaurice

Leo Fitzmaurice deconstructs and adapts car parts from his local scrapyard to create a series of mask-like creations that seem almost-human.

Autosuggestions, Leo Fitzmaurice
Meet the funders

Dance Exchange Hull, 2019 © Tom Arran

Meet the funders

An opportunity to find out more about local organisations providing funding for arts and culture projects.

Meet the funders
Making work with and for communities

Chatty Hull, 2019 © Absolutely Cultured

Making work with and for communities

Considering Art Council England’s "Let’s Create" strategy, we looked into how to plan, collaborate and develop meaningful relationships with communities.

Making work with and for communities
Christmas Activities

Gipsyville Christmas Tree, 2020 © Absolutely Cultured

Christmas Activities

2020 was a long year, but we took the opportunity to lift spirits through a variety of cultural activities over the Christmas period.

Find out more about our involvement in We Made This Hull's Christmas tree trail and our festive activities!

Christmas Activities
Practice In Place

Installation View. Practice in Place. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists, 2020. © Jules Lister

Practice In Place

The culminating exhibition of Fruit Factory Network, a year-long pilot programme designed to support local visual artists.

Practice In Place
Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love

Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist. © Jules Lister.

Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love

Taking inspiration from Radclyffe Hall’s novel The Well of Loneliness (1928), the exhibition addressed the provocations of the book, which has had a lasting impact on generations of queer, lesbian, and transgender people.

Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love
1:1‚ÄĮAdvice Surgeries‚ÄĮwith Arts Council‚ÄĮEngland

HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured

1:1‚ÄĮAdvice Surgeries‚ÄĮwith Arts Council‚ÄĮEngland

Working with Arts Council England, we offered an opportunity for artists to talk to ACE representatives for some 1:1 advice surgeries.

1:1‚ÄĮAdvice Surgeries‚ÄĮwith Arts Council‚ÄĮEngland
Volunteer Community Support and Crisis Response

Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran

Volunteer Community Support and Crisis Response

We worked with local partners and organisations to deliver a co-ordinated plan for assistance from our volunteers in the face of the COVID-19 crisis.

Volunteer Community Support and Crisis Response
Creative Micro-Commission Programme

50 Queers for 50 Years Workshop © Chris Pepper

Creative Micro-Commission Programme

Our Creative Micro-Commission Programme offered £350 to creative practitioners from any discipline to produce a new work within the limits of working under COVID-19 social distancing measures.

Creative Micro-Commission Programme
Remote Talent Development

Remote Talent Development

In response to COVID-19, we continued to offer support to creative practitioners through our talent development programmes.

Remote Talent Development
Lucy Clout, ZZZ

Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. © Jules Lister

Lucy Clout, ZZZ

Lucy Clout's ZZZ presented new video work filmed nocturnally on a phone.

Lucy Clout, ZZZ
Model City

Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Chi He

Model City

Co-creating high quality arts and culture with young people from across the city and award-winning sound artist Dan Jones

Model City
Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook

Installation view, 2019. Ollie Dook, Proboscidea Rappings. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister

Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook

Dook offered up a new version of Jumbo, considered the first modern day animal celebrity, exploring the enormity of his physicality, popularity and impact on the world

Proboscidea Rappings, Ollie Dook
Equanipolis, Aniara Omann

Lucy, 2019. Aniara Omann, Equanipolis. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister

Equanipolis, Aniara Omann

Inspired by traditional prop-making, vintage fashion and popular sci-fi, Equanipolis invited you to step into an alternate reality and reconsider the past, present and future.

Equanipolis, Aniara Omann
Wrapping, Nnena Kalu

Nnena Kalu, Wrapping. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister

Wrapping, Nnena Kalu

Nnena Kalu's colourful sculptures were created by layering and binding materials such as industrial plastic tubing, newspaper, foam, cling film, fabric and tape.

Wrapping, Nnena Kalu
Dance Exchange Hull

Dance Exchange Programme, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured

Dance Exchange Hull

Following on from three trips to northern cities with local emerging dancers, the Dance Exchange Hull saw dance artists, producers and collaborators come together to discover, explore and showcase the sector in Hull.

Dance Exchange Hull
Ecstatic Rituals

Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister

Ecstatic Rituals

Through a series of sculpture, performance and installation Ecstatic Rituals explored the tradition of Hull Fair.

Ecstatic Rituals
Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand

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

Through her ongoing interest in the subject of self-care, Liverpool-based artist Frances Disley investigated Hull’s rich heritage around food, with an exhibition that featured sculpture, painting, textiles and plant life.

Frances Disley: The Cucumber Fell In The Sand
Chatty Hull

Language Café © Chris Pepper

Chatty Hull

Tea, cake and conversation. A campaign to get Hull talking.

Chatty Hull is an exciting citywide initiative led by Absolutely Cultured, which had a day of events held across the city on Saturday 28 September.

Chatty Hull
Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care

Installation View. Jade Montserrat, Instituting Care. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister

Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care

Jade Montserrat: Instituting Care
Hull Takeover: Previews

Hull Takeover: Previews © The Herd/The Roaring Girls/Just Club

Hull Takeover: Previews

This summer, Hull headed back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival

Hull Takeover: Previews
PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019

PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran

PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019

Bursts of sounds guided audiences on a sonic journey of discovery when PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial returned to Hull on 12-14 July 2019.

PRS Foundation New Music Biennial 2019
Journey To The Centre Of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas), Ella Dorton

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

Hull based artist Ella Dorton will expand her fabric collage-based practice with her first major project at Humber Street Gallery.

Journey To The Centre Of The Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas), Ella Dorton
A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos

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

Athena Papadopoulos' first major institutional presentation in the UK, using her recent two-part novel, of the same title as a point of departure.

A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale Heart, Athena Papadopoulos
Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones

Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. © James Mulkeen

Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones

Haircuts and client interviews are gathered to create sound and sculptural artworks.

Cut, Richard Houguez & Graham Jones
The Witching Hour

The Witching Hour, Absolutely Cultured © LDi Studios

The Witching Hour

Immerse yourself in spinning tales of alchemy and legend from the East and West, brought to life with spellbinding theatre, magic and wonder.

The Witching Hour
Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme

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

‚ÄúPlace to Place‚ÄĚ displayed the work of three notable female artists from different global positions, as part of the Liverpool Biennial touring programme, which is bringing artworks by international artists presented at the 2018 festival of contemporary art to spaces across the North of England.

Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme
IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting

Candoco Dance Company © Hugo Glendinning

IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting

On the eve of the UK leaving the European Union, we opened our doors to the international performing arts community to discuss inclusion through an exciting programme of talks, debates, performance, and networking opportunities for IETM Hull 2019.

IETM Hull 2019 Plenary Meeting
IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme

Man On The Moon Keisha Thompson. IETM Hull 2019 © Keisha Thompson

IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme

For IETM Hull 2019, Absolutely Cultured brought together a diverse mix of local, regional and national artistic talent, spanning all artistic genres, to create an exciting, inspiring and totally unique artistic programme ‚Äď one that challenges the notion of inclusion.

IETM Hull 2019 Artistic Programme
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit

Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit © Jamie Reid

Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit

Through his art, music, performance and politics, British artist and anarchist Jamie Reid has become somewhat of a punk icon, rebelling against society’s social and cultural injustices. As part of its 2018 programme, Humber Street Gallery presented Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit, which showcased a variety of material spanning several decades from the 1970’s to the present.

Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit
Urban Legends: Northern Lights

Oh The Night! - imitating the dog. Urban Legends: Northern Lights, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran

Urban Legends: Northern Lights

Absolutely Cultured presented Urban Legends: Northern Lights, a newly commissioned outdoor event featuring captivating projections and atmospheric soundscapes, brand new for Hull in winter 2018.

Urban Legends: Northern Lights
Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art

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

From 21 July until 30 September 2018, Humber Street Gallery was proud to present Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art, celebrating some of the most extraordinary and innovative art created with technology.

Measures of Life by The Lumen Prize for Digital Art
Contains Strong Language

Contains Strong Language © BBC

Contains Strong Language

The UK’s biggest poetry and performance festival of new writing returned to Hull in September 2018. Bringing over 30 events to the city over three days, leading poets and world class spoken word artists will take to the stage alongside brand new voices.

Contains Strong Language
Home Town Story

Home Town Story, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran

Home Town Story

Building on the huge success of last year’s inaugural festival, we were delighted to partner with the BBC and Wrecking Ball Press to produce the return of the BBC’s national poetry and spoken word festival Contains Strong Language. As part of the programme we produced Home Town Story, captivating theatrical journey through the back streets of Hull.

Home Town Story
Dominoes

Dominoes, Absolutely Cultured © Rob Battersby

Dominoes

This internationally acclaimed, site-specific celebratory event, took over Hull playing with the architecture of the city on a 3.5km domino run ‚Äď a moving sculpture, both playful and epic.

Dominoes
Act VII: Land of Green Ginger

Land of Green Ginger © Tom Arran

Act VII: Land of Green Ginger

Residents across the city of Hull were gifted the seventh and final Act of Wanton Wonder from Land of Green Ginger ‚Äď a beautifully illustrated, limited edition book.

Act VII: Land of Green Ginger
It Takes a Village

Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2019. © James Mulkeen

It Takes a Village

Reflecting on the ideas of congregation and the power of public assembly, It Takes a Village featured works by artists including Romily Alice (UK), Derek Alexis Coard (USA), Tessa Lynch (UK), Lakwena Maciver (UK), Hardeep Pandhal (UK) and Paul Yore (AUS).

It Takes a Village
Blade

Blade © Tom Arran

Blade

On 8 January 2017, the people of Hull woke up to discover a 75m wind turbine blade had mysteriously appeared in Queen Victoria Square. The 25 tonne structure was transported overnight from Siemens, where it was made, through the city in a complex operation, which saw more than 50 items of street furniture removed.

Blade
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay

John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay © Chris Pepper

John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay

As part of Hull 2017’s second season, Roots and Routes, North Atlantic Flux was an experimental festival celebrating Hull’s Nordic links, while exploring the best in sonic creativity.

John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay
States of Play

Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2017 © Hull News & Pictures

States of Play

Curated by the Crafts Council, States of Play at Humber Street Gallery invited you to be playful with pieces of art, from the fascinating to the bizarre. Visitors were able to try their luck on a slot machine, create waves with their breath, or meet Combover Joe - the exhibition’s resident robot.

States of Play
A Duckie Summer Tea Party / LGBT50

A Duckie Summer Tea Party/LGBT50 © Tom Arran

A Duckie Summer Tea Party / LGBT50

As the host of the first ever UK Pride, Hull was at the forefront of the celebrations to mark 50 years since the start of decriminilisation of homosexuality in the UK.

A Duckie Summer Tea Party / LGBT50
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca

The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca © Hull Truck Theatre

The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca

Honouring one of Hull’s trailblazers who battled to improve safety on North Sea trawlers, Hull Truck Theatre and Hull UK City of Culture 2017 premiered The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca during the final season of Hull 2017, Tell the World.

The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca