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.
Gipsyville Christmas Tree, 2020 © Absolutely Cultured
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!
Installation View. Practice in Place. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists, 2020. © Jules Lister
The culminating exhibition of Fruit Factory Network, a year-long pilot programme designed to support local visual artists.
Installation view, 2020. Jamie Crewe, Solidarity & Love. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist. © Jules Lister.
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.
HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
Working with Arts Council England, we offered an opportunity for artists to talk to ACE representatives for some 1:1 advice surgeries.
HIPI Hang Out Forum, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
Freelance Consultant and Creative Producer Deb Ashby offered a free session to advise on applications for under £15k Project Grants.
Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
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.
50 Queers for 50 Years Workshop © Chris Pepper
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.
In response to COVID-19, we continued to offer support to creative practitioners through our talent development programmes.
Installation view, 2020. Lucy Clout, ZZZ. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2020. © Jules Lister
Lucy Clout's ZZZ presented new video work filmed nocturnally on a phone.
Model City, Absolutely Cultured © Chi He
Co-creating high quality arts and culture with young people from across the city and award-winning sound artist Dan Jones
Installation view, 2019. Ollie Dook, Proboscidea Rappings. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
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
Lucy, 2019. Aniara Omann, Equanipolis. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
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.
Nnena Kalu, Wrapping. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Nnena Kalu's colourful sculptures were created by layering and binding materials such as industrial plastic tubing, newspaper, foam, cling film, fabric and tape.
Dance Exchange Programme, Absolutely Cultured © Absolutely Cultured
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.
Installation View. Mike S Redmond and Faye Coral Jones (MSR FCJ), Ecstatic Rituals.Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Through a series of sculpture, performance and installation Ecstatic Rituals explored the tradition of Hull Fair.
Frances Disley, The Cucumber Fell in the Sand. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
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.
Language Café © Chris Pepper
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.
IETM Hull © Tom Arran
Installation View. Jade Montserrat, Instituting Care. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Hull Takeover: Previews © The Herd/The Roaring Girls/Just Club
This summer, Hull headed back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
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.
Ella Dorton, Journey to the Centre of the Couch (Couches & Other Good Ideas). Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist, 2019. © Jules Lister
Hull based artist Ella Dorton will expand her fabric collage-based practice with her first major project at Humber Street Gallery.
Athena Papadopoulos, A Tittle-Tattle Tell-a-Tale-Heart, courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artist 2019. © James Mulkeen
Athena Papadopoulos' first major institutional presentation in the UK, using her recent two-part novel, of the same title as a point of departure.
Cut, Humber Street Gallery 2019. © James Mulkeen
Haircuts and client interviews are gathered to create sound and sculptural artworks.
The Witching Hour, Absolutely Cultured © LDi Studios
Immerse yourself in spinning tales of alchemy and legend from the East and West, brought to life with spellbinding theatre, magic and wonder.
Installation view. Place To Place: Liverpool Biennial Touring Programme. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2019. © Tom Arran
“Place to Place” 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.
Candoco Dance Company © Hugo Glendinning
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.
Man On The Moon Keisha Thompson. IETM Hull 2019 © Keisha Thompson
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 – one that challenges the notion of inclusion.
Jamie Reid XXXXX: Fifty Years of Subversion and The Spirit © Jamie Reid
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.
Oh The Night! - imitating the dog. Urban Legends: Northern Lights, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
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.
Installation view. Measures of Life, The Lumen Prize for Digital Art. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2018. © Tom Arran
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.
Contains Strong Language © BBC
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.
Home Town Story, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran
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.
Dominoes, Absolutely Cultured © Rob Battersby
This internationally acclaimed, site-specific celebratory event, took over Hull playing with the architecture of the city on a 3.5km domino run – a moving sculpture, both playful and epic.
Land of Green Ginger © Tom Arran
Residents across the city of Hull were gifted the seventh and final Act of Wanton Wonder from Land of Green Ginger – a beautifully illustrated, limited edition book.
Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2019. © James Mulkeen
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).
Blade © Tom Arran
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.
John Grant's North Atlantic Flux: Sounds from Smoky Bay © Chris Pepper
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.
Installation view. It Takes A Village. Courtesy of Humber Street Gallery and the artists 2017 © Hull News & Pictures
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.
A Duckie Summer Tea Party/LGBT50 © Tom Arran
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.
The Last Testament of Lillian Bilocca © Hull Truck Theatre
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.