Next month sees a stunning audio-visual production coming to Hull in the form of Addictive TV’s Orchestra of Samples. Having spent the last five years filming, sampling, collating and editing pieces from over 200 musicians from across the world, Addictive TV – the joint alias of audio/video remixers and electronic artists Graham Daniels and mash-up guru Mark Vidler (aka Go Home Productions) have combined those pieces to create what is effectively a super-group, consisting of artists who have, in most cases, never even crossed paths.
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.
Young people in Hull aged 11-14 have been challenged to take part in a prestigious painting competition as part of a public art commission to be unveiled at Hull Central Library on 25 March. The competition is looking for anyone who fits into the age-bracket to get involved, no matter what their perceived artistic ability may be. This is about being creative, expressing ideas and taking part.
Another week, another plethora of cultural and creative goodies to be found across the city. Seeing the iconic Dead Bod on public display in the newly opened Humber Street Gallery is wonderful. It looks great in its new home where people are now able to fully appreciate the piece that has grown to represent Hull’s past, and future so well. Not bad for a piece of graffiti scrawled on some old corrugated steel.
Hundreds of thousands of people were enthralled by the motion graphics masterpiece that was ‘Made in Hull’. As lights, sound and video electrified the city and drew praise from far-afield, people were effected in truly profound ways. The incredible displays that graced the Maritime Museum and Ferens Art gallery, the Deep and Whitefriargate spoke to Hull, for Hull and about Hull.
Hull is teeming with artists whose talents are put to use exploring the beautiful, the evocative and the quirky nature of the city, in all of its guises. These artists are some of the city’s most important champions as they bring into the public eye the very ingredients that make Hull what it is.
As someone who spends quite a lot of time travelling around the country, meeting creative people from all walks of life in some of the country's best cities, it's always interesting to hear people's opinion on Hull.
You may have noticed one or two changes around the city recently. Changes that begin to reveal some of the exciting developments happening all around us as we draw ever closer to 2017.
This weeks Calvin on Culture column in the Hull Daily Mail focuses on a great artist who I first discovered last year. I come across all sorts of incredibly talented ...
Today’s Calvin on Culture column in the Hull Daily Mail focuses on one of Hull’s finest musical offerings, The Speak Easy. Starting life as an acoustic night, The Speak Easy ...