Week 23 of the challenge has flown by – again. Time just flies and last week especially I was living in a bubble – week blended in as one long day with a lot of amazing things, cool photo shoots [one very cool solid] and great people.

Last week obviously went down to Hull School of Art&Design – AS THEY CALL IT THE BRODRICK GALLERY NOW – for the degree show.

Hull School of Art&Design Degree Show 2017 Hull City of Culture
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First of all massive CONGRATS to Fine Art students for having the best social/promo/marketing presence I’ve seen in years. They are only bunch of students [are they?], but they have done such a brilliant job. Their exhibition BEHIND THE WHITE WALLS was the one I wanted to see the most, so their marketing has worked.

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Having been the student and gone through the degree, I know exactly how difficult and time consuming it is to do everything 100% – creating the final work, writing, researching and preparing the space, and have the perfect social platform to spread the word. Well done!
And off course – some really great stuff – some abstract, some hearty, some personal, some random and some follows issues in the current world.
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I must say that this year I have enjoyed Fine Art the most. Illustration is usually the one I have my eyes peeled, but this year the diversity grabbed my attention in Fine Art studios. Lovely to chat with the artists-students behind the work, plus some other deep conversations at Hull School of Art&Design.
The visit took me back one year ago, and I feel so thankful and lucky. For some, like me, the degree opens another world and offers a great platform to be a great artist, photographer or arhitect, illustrator or web designer. And there are few that really make it to the real world.

Also came to a conclusion that I don’t miss being a student. I milked the cow to the last drop with no regrets. It is an absolute pleasure to pop in now and then and see the people that helped me to shape my photography.

Erm, the photography exhibition was alright [mine/ours was miles better hahah]. There was a few problems – previously mentioned Fine Art BEHIND THE WHITE WALLS and photography exhibition – have no idea what the exhibition was called…that’s quite bad. Two students particularly had strong commitment to the Final Major project and photography in general.

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The photos below particularly interesting as the set was built from scratch on the Hull School of Art&Design grounds and off course – the amazing hand crafted frames.
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The week was literally flying by and on Saturday I had a moment of truth – I have only been to the Degree Show. THAT IS NOT ENOUGH OF CULTURE.

I went through the Hull City Of Culture 2017 website for some inspiration for the day, but was not feeling very social – sometimes I really fancy some quite photo journeys.
Just opposite the St Andrews Quay in West Hull there is the metal sculptures. I pass them at least once a week, wanting to stop, but never do….and I figured that it could be my finishing touch to the WEEK 23 of the challenge.

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“Peter’s Lost Trawlermen’s Memorial at St Andrew’s Quay is a poignant tribute to those who lost their lives at sea” – description on Hull City Of Culture 2017 website.

I was taking photographs of a group of people carved in metal kind of knowing about the possible connection with the fishing heritage in Hull and celebrations around it.
But little that I knew that this is part of a big celebration and part of the Hull 17 programmeFishing Heritage Talks: An Evening with Alec and Peter is only one part of the 17-day festival of celebration in honour of Hull’s fishing heritage.

At least I can say that I appreciated the incredible sculpture to the fullest and explored in detail. As the sculptures are life size – Melanie could not help to be part of the art – and I can’t really blame her. We had fun and the people passing by wondered what the heck is going on there.

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That unplanned photo shoot might be a potential selling point, so people who did pass  might come for a closer look and spread the word.

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There has been some great shots with the sculpture on Instagram photo groups with star trails, amazing sunsets/sunrises in the background, but I think I’ve done a good job with the summer look.

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This week I am planning on few things:
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ARTLINK HULL and the DOG BASKET BABOON by Oliver Macdonald

BUT BECAUSE I AM TRAINING/PREPARING FOR THE HULL 10K I will see how my plan works out.
There is also a must do on my list which is to visit key Hull areas and spend some time absorbing the landmarks, people and general “happyhullbeing”



The final steps in to finishing this course – prepare and organise the exhibition.

The group really showed the commitment and team spirit and we all arrived to unwrap the prints and start measuring,  gluing split batons and getting images down to the exhibition space.

We did all the work over the course of two/three days. Teachers and the group did all the hard work. We had to measure the backs and draw the lines for the split batons, etch both – the print and the batons, so that the glue can seal in better and attach the batons to the print. Then we had to let them dry for 24 hrs.
As we previously tested everything, the work was efficient and fairly quick.

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Other job was to attach the batons to the wall, also measuring the correct height. That was more of a job for our male teachers as no one was trusted with the drill ha.
We also had to paint few bits of wall.

As all the preparation was done few days later, all we had to do was to hook the prints,  settle the table and postcards, description cards [see below] and place the video into the TV.

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These were created based on a one story about the group and the BA (Hons) Photography course and individual information about each student/photographer and their project.


We we all ready and excited.

Thank you to the group, we all done well, it’s been good three years.

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From left: Natalie Hill, Gina Watts, Laura Senior, Alison Robison, me, Erin Ridsdale. Aimee is missing in the picture, but she’s been part of the group since the beginning.