Something of a revolution is taking place in Hull, and as an artist it is one of the most exciting and encouraging things I’ve seen happen in the city for a long time. Public art, which at one time appeared sporadically and usually temporarily around the city, has become commonplace. At the moment new murals and large pieces of art are appearing almost every week and these pieces are not confined to abandoned buildings and underpasses. They are big, they are bright, they are very public, and they are incredible to see.
As the city centre bids farewell to the stunning installation that was The Blade, we welcome more art in the form of the incredible, moving and poignant installation that is the Weeping Window.
A cascade of thousands of brilliant red hand-made ceramic poppies can be seen pouring from a window high up on the Maritime Museum, to the ground below, inviting viewers to consider the huge sacrifices made by British and Colonial soldiers during the First World War. Hull becomes the latest city become home to the sculptural installation by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper as audiences are asked to consider, discuss and reflect upon the legacy of the First World War and indeed, subsequent wars.
As an artist, an as an avid fan of art in more forms that I care to count, these past few weeks in Hull have been a little special. The newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery is looking great and it’s exciting to see so many visitors taking the time to view the exhibitions, old and new. As a regular visitor to the gallery it made a refreshing change to walk around there last week, in the middle of a week-day morning and see the place busy. If you’ve not yet made it down, it’s one place in Hull that should be seen by everyone at some point.
My new weekly column on arts, music and culture, ‘Calvin on Culture’ in Hull starts tomorrow in the new Hull Daily Mail supplement, Weekend. The column will focus on and ...