It would be impossible to mention everything that is of cultural, artistic, musical or creative value in Hull at the moment, in just one column… there is simply so much going on. This week however I aim to give a taster of some of the amazing things in and around the city involving Hull creatives.
First off, I need to mention the Unknown Collective ‘Inside/Out’ exhibition taking place n August 28th at the Creator College from 6pm. The exhibition showcases work from a host of local artists, including illustrators, photographers, film makers and musicians. The event is free and looks like it will be something special.
This Saturday sees The New Adelphi host a ‘We Shall Overcome’ fundraiser in the run up to Octobers weekend of nationwide free gigs and events in protest of austerity politics. A great line-up including the likes of SquareWaves, Chris Speck, The Velvet Doors and Joe Solo make this a night that’s not to be missed. There will also be a little involvement from the #FreeArtHull movement, so keep your eyes peeled.
A huge congratulations is in order for the amazing Hull band, Life who this week announced that they will be playing the BBC Introducing Stage at Reading and Leeds festivals on the 28th and 29th August. If you’ve not yet heard the band, you’re missing out on one of the finest groups to come from Hull in a long time.
Congratulations is also in order for Hull actress Hannah John-Kamen , who alongside fronting a new sci-fi series, Killjoys, has found time to star in the latest Chemical Brothers music video for their track ‘Sometimes I Feel So Deserted’. Check it out on YouTube if you haven’t yet. You can read my interview with Hannah in a few weeks time.
More events of note are Hull Fest on Sunday 30th August at Dene park, the Hull Heroes exhibition, from Future Culture Events, showcasing artwork by around 40 local artists, and Hull Independent Cinema’s ‘Short Film City Hull’ night at Union Mash Up on August 26th.
A quick thank you is in order for all of you who have been in touch over the last few weeks after they watched me paint at Humber Street Sesh. The painting (pictured alongside singer Katie Spencer) will be auctioned off at an up coming Speak Easy event at Thieving Harry’s, with all proceeds going to The Warren Youth Project, a fantastic group working to transform the lives of young people in Hull. For those who missed it, you can see me painting live once again at the upcoming Freedom Festival.