MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 27

WELCOME TO THE 27th WEEK OF HULL CITY OF CULTURE

I CANNOT BELIEVE THAT I HAVE MANAGED TO BE CONSISTENT FOR 27 WEEKS IN A ROW. AFTER THE FIRST WEEK AND THE SPECTACULAR OPENING FOR MADE IN HULL I TOOK ON THIS CHALLENGE NOT THINKING MUCH ABOUT ITS IMPACT ON MY LIFE.

I AM THANKFUL TO HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY AND FREEDOM TO TAKE PHOTOS OF 2017 IN HULL. YAAY.

This week I had strict plan. And despite some fall backs, I have gone through the plan and it feels GOOD.

HIGHLIGHTS:

AND LITTLE EXTRA VISIT TO A VERY CULTURAL TWO GINGERS COFFEE SHOP

I was very excited for the PAPER CITY for so many good reasons – I absolutely love G.F Smith paper and products, I love the feel, look and smell of paper in general and the locations are the culture hot spots that are pleasure to visit.
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“Ten days celebrating colour and the freedom to play – installations by some of the most exciting creative minds from the worlds of contemporary art, design and architecture – using the specialist coloured paper, Colorplan, from Hull company G . F Smith.

The creatives participating in Paper City are Adam HollowayMax LambLazerian, Made ThoughtJacqui PonceletJoanna Sands,  Bethan Laura Wood and Richard Woods, all of whom have been invited to play with the most fundamental creative material – paper.”

Source: Hull City Of Culture 2017

 

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I am so glad that such large scale company as G.F Smith share their passion for paper and we can appreciate the amazing produce they create.

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The artwork is pretty spectacular and the space collaborates with its scale. Amazing.

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The paper fish by Lazerian was the most talked about so was the main point of interest. As spectacular as it was, I was more fascinated and amused by the artist and his little workshop van in the same space.

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I watched him for a couple of minutes and could not resist to become his ONE POUND FISH CUSTOMER.
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Plus there is no chance I can get photos of him without buying something, that would be way rude.
I got a full set of paper fish&chips in the box, plus a double sided fish cut out artwork….

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I promised him not to discuss the price of my delights in the blog, so cccsssssstt, but it was well worth every penny.

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He really reminded me of a very silly Zach Galifianakis, the American actor from Hangover and other films. As he is artist, his personality is a bit of a mystery, character overload and guessing game, I really really enjoyed my five minutes with him.

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C4DI hosted the artwork of  Adam Holloway and Joanna Sands.

It was about the space, size and the feel of it [without touching].

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PAPER HEAVEN IN THE CITY.
COLOURFUL | WONDERFUL | BEAUTIFUL MADNESS.

 

SATURDAY MORNING STARTED WITH A CHURCH [ST. JOHNS BAPTIST CHURCH]. DRESSED INCREDIBLY INAPPROPRIATE BUT KEEN TO SEE THE HULL FISHING HERITAGE ART EXHIBITION WAS WAY TOO IMPORTANT.

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The exhibition was as wonderful as the people working in the church [coffee and tea, biscuits and warm welcomes]. The lady from church told me that as soon as the community recognized the opportunity to share their story, they collected the art and people connected to the such an important and big part of Hull, once upon a time.

It was touching to see the Lord Landline building at St. Andrews Dock as it was many years ago. I was also hearing stories from people who remember to be it just like that back in the day and how they feel about the loss of industry.

 

 

On Thursday I was in the new Two Gingers Coffee Shop for a quick meet up and OH MIGHTY DUCK. COFFEE TO DIE FOR AND CUTE LIL’ INTERIOR THOUGHT THROUGH IN EVERY INCH. LOVED IT.

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One of the “two gingers” was there on the day and he is as lovely as ever, pleasure to have some coffee time there. The coffee to die for part definitely applies to one of the most expensive coffee beans ever bought, but smell [and taste] wonderful. So again – forth it.

Good to see other parts of the city changing and adding good places to be on the list.

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THE WEEK OF THE CULTURE JOYS HAS ENDED SUCCESSFULLY. WEEK 28th IS A MYSTERY JET, AS I AM PRE-HOLIDAY PANICKING AND WORKING A LOT THIS WEEK.

DEFINITELY WILL KEEP SOMETHING UNDER MY SLEEVE FOR THE TWO WEEKS AWAY FROM HULL.

HAVE A GREAT WEEK  AND GET OUT FOR SOME DOSE OF CULTURE!!!!!

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 24

HAPPY 30+ MONDAY.

THE HEAT IS KILLING ME SOFTLY, I AM MELTING AND ACHING AFTER YESTERDAYS HULL 10K. [yes, I ran my first ever Jane Tomlinson’s Hull 10K]

BUT THE WORK WAITS, SO LETS GET STARTED.

 

LAST WEEK WAS BUSY AS LATELY THAT IS ALL I GET, SO I DIDN’T DO AS MUCH CULTURE AS PLANNED.

On Tuesday I photographed a little cultural community accent near Octagon centre in West Hull [ish]. I was in the area doing some serious business and these highly flammable hay “things” have been to my attention for a while. Community around is showing that growing greens, strawberries and things down local street is very much OK. And I agree cos it looks fantastic.

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Plus the area is showing off its own take on Hull City Of Culture 2017 – everyone every were can be part of the #GETCULTUREDMOVEMENT

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ON THURSDAY I WENT DOWN TO HULL STREET FOOD NIGHTS @ZEBEDEE’S YARD/PRINCESS DOCK STREET.

Everything I do most of the time comes with a “but”. This time it was the fact that I only went to the end of the event, because was working and that was the only option. Better late than never, huh?

For a while it has been on my radar, as the HULL STREET FOOD NIGHTS is one of those happy things about Hull and its people. We like our food, drinks and gathering.

Because I went after 8 pm, crowds have eased off and entertainment finished.
I took a stroll through the food stalls, chatted with armed police and enjoyed the rainbow with everyone.

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The images shows just what I was saying before and I am glad I went even though there was possibility that all the food and people will be gone!

If any interest to you – I took home a chicken&bacon&leek pie from THE HULL PIE.

 

GET CULTURED, GET INVOLVED!!! SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 12

THE 12th  WEEK OF THE CITY OF CULTURE HAS BEEN AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING!!!!

I was asked to cover ReRooted Festival on Friday and bit on Saturday and I had a blast.

Top highlights:

  • Give Me A Sign by artist Mark Waddell.

    I had the pleasure of meeting him, he spared his time to display his posters in front of some very Hull landmarks and he was a good crazy character.

  • Meeting Gillian Dyson and Mike Stubbs

    Gilliant Dyson was not only the curator of the festival, she also has a diverse portfolio that incorporates socially engaged practice, higher education pedagogy, academic research, and performance and visual art [yes, the info is taken from her website. Over the weekend I found out that she is curating the festival, then I found out that she is the lecturer of the contemporary theatre students and on Saturday she also did an art performance].

    Mark Stubbs was the co-curator of the Lineages: The legacy of Live and Media art in Hull. The talks aim is tackling themes of life after Brexit, feminism and the decline of western civilisation, the festival seeks to spark debate and celebrate the lasting legacy of former commissioning agency Hull Time Based Arts.

  • Dave Lynch and his old-tech BULWARK.

    BULWARK is a technological barricade created from fragments of abandoned technology using the age-old construction technique of drystone walling. The installation was way cool and I think for a split moment I cracked the shy artist about the wall and if he has got any relations with the tech-pieces seen in the wall.

  • HOI POLLOI: LEEDS BECKETT PERFORMING ARTS STUDENTS


    A series of solo performances by Leeds Beckett University Performing Arts students informed by an exploration into how we are shaped by our actions, how others see us, and the changing conditions in the world.

    The performance turned the Humber Street into a society/stereotype zoo. Or changing times display… Each character was well thought out, costumes, props, actual performance and sound effects…amazing.
    The best thing was to over-hear people reacting to what they are seeing.

On Saturday there was also some skateboarding workshops, good sausages and sunshine for everyone to enjoy the festival.

One thing I was hoping to see was the respected artist Anne Bean performance [She returns to Hull for ReROOTed, having taken part in the first ever Hull Time Based Arts public exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery in 1984 with the Bow Gamelan Ensemble. This time, Bean will tap into the principles of Sympathetic Magic to conjure up fragments of her 45-year art practice LINK BELOW ]

POST REALITY – LAWS OF SIMILARITY AND CONTAGION: ANNE BEAN

 

I am sharing the 50ish best moments, really grafted over the weekend to be able to share this with you on a Monday…so have a look and spread the #getcultured movement.

 

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LOTS OF LOVE
ANETE SOODA

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 2

Week 2 started with a positive feedback and urge to get something  “Hull 2017” in the blog each week.

Week 2 started with The Blade. Art installation as part of the  Look Up, a programme of temporary artworks created for the city’s public spaces and places.
The artist Nayan Kulkarni took the very first wind turbine blade made in the newly built Siemens factory in Hull and installed it in Queen Victoria Square. He took it out of context and turned it into an abstract object that we feel empowered by.

And it actually does make you feel small. The need to touch it is so strong, you can’t help it.

Anyway, throughout the week I was thinking about the blade, and on Saturday I visited the “monster”.

I don’t think that any of the photos I took does justice to the installation.  So many people wanting to be part of the experience is certainly something that I need to avoid.

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In the week three I am planning to get there bright and early on a weekday and possibly try to get 4 feet above ground to capture the blade fully [might start to fly].

On the same day I went to the re-opened Ferens Art Gallery to see the Pietro Lorenzetti “SIENA TO HULL, A MASTERPIECE REVEALED” exhibition and Ferens Open Exhibition.

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I actually did not realise that I am part of Hull 2017 this year, because I have two artworks/photographs in the exhibition this year.

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Great.

The last stop was Hull Maritime Museum and BOWHEAD installation.
I am not a big fan of  museums and to my disappointment we missed the last show of the day, so to my unfortunate luck, I had a little stroll around the museum. Again, I was very much interested in things that people are not seeing [like a “bumhole” as part of the whale hunting display or something].

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The museum is great, it is worth having a look, it’s just that I am not very “history appreciative”.

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I know that not every week will be full of stunning photos, unforgettable visits, but getting involved, or even thinking about and planning to be part of the Hull 2017, is healthy and we shall all embrace it.

If I can’t soak up any culture myself, I will take photographs of people who do, or volunteers.

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See you next week, Hull.

MY CITY OF CULTURE – MY HULL – WEEK 1

This year has started with something very special. HULL CITY OF CULTURE 2017. Something that Hull has been preparing for quite a while. And I want to contribute, for you, for Hull and mainly for myself.

I have set myself a challenge to be part of this year through the lens.
Hull is my home and recent viewings of Made in Hull sound and light display set this journey off with a little tear in my eye. Being proud of this city and feeling the connection is what the whole point of the events through the year is.

The first week of City of Culture 2017 was all about Made in Hull and embracing the history, heritage and celebration of the last 70 years of life in the city.

The use of large-scale projection on buildings, illuminated skylines, soundscapes, shop windows and live performances transforms Hull into a big stage for everyone.

I haven’t been on top of the game with finding the perfect timing or location to capture the whole picture, only very limited access due to the crowds [the reason why I regret missing all the work opportunity application deadlines].

As per usual I was looking for people, those very “human” moments and ohh, I love you Hull, I love you people.

WE ARE HULL
MADE IN HULL

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HULL STRUM @NORTH POINT SHOPPING CENTRE>>FREEDOM FESTIVAL 2016

Last week I was asked to photograph an event that is part of Freedom Festival’s 2016 programme and aims to encourage and educate people from outskirts of Hull to get to know Freedom Festival.
Bransholme is one of the areas of Hull that love to “stay in” and we brought a little taster of Freedom Festival to the North Point Shopping Centre to giving people the opportunity to find out about the festival and potentially visit Hull centre in September.

I do believe in the idea of bringing all communities together and share the experiences in order to celebrate Hull’s people – we are great. Therefore I was super keen to get involved and really  – get to know Bransholme.

Hull Strum is an art installation that invites people to pick up a guitar or ukulele and have a strum – it does not matter if you’ve never had one in your hand. Across Freedom Festival there will be around eight stages made out of upright boats and a little stage for people to express themselves.

Also, as part of the two day event, Freedom Festival organised AWESOME face painter. The super talented lady attracted many kids and made them look “out of this world-ace”

Both days we also had a “proper” musician Ryan Mathie, a local chap that once went on X Factor to represent the talent of Hull.
He performed for 40 min both days, inviting people to gather around and be inspired.
The most precious moments in both days we withnessed when kids joined Ryan on stage and tried playing the guitar/ukulele as brilliantly as Ryan did.

Friday

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Friday was quite busy and we met a lot of great people, spread the word about the festival, entertained kids, got some faces painted and sprung some strings.

Saturday

Saturday was not as busy in the early part of the event, as there was quite a lot of family friendly activities in Hull. The positive side of Saturday was that we introduced quite a lot of curious people, those who potentially will come and bring the family with them.
Of course, there was smiles, painted faces, strum and string, laughs and good spirit.

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We think we did a good job. We are hoping that people will be keen and curious to see what the Freedom Festival can offer and will join us on from the 2.- 4. September.

See you at the festival!!!!!

“BEFORE I DIE” WALL @HULL PRIDE, 2016

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On the 16th of July more than one amazing things took place.
THE HULL PRIDE was planned to be the biggest in Hull so far, second BEFORE I DIE WALL was set up by Eskimosoup and I was going to my annual summer visit to Latvia.
It was an outrageous day, as I had to be up early to help and photograph for setting up the wall, edit and blog the photographs from the morning activities, pack suitcases and tidy my house and never the less – photograph the THE HULL PRIDE and BEFORE I DIE WALL …… I thought I did bloody well, because at the end I actually did not miss my plane and was alive.

First – apologise for making promises I can’t keep. When I arrived in Latvia, on the first few days I could not find software and the rest is history…

I am not worried, because events like THE HULL PRIDEand BEFORE I DIE WALL has left a legacy and the point made will last for a long time.

THE HULL PRIDE was inspiring and I had a smile on my face at all times. The pride really represented freedom, diversity and good spirit. People looked ever so happy and proud to be part of the movement.

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I followed the parade from Queens Gardens to stage area near Fuel. The wall was suited in the pride “party” area and as soon as the parade finished, I was rushing down to see what has happened to the wall…

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Already before the party started, the wall was full of people’s thoughts about what would they wish to do before they die.
It was a beautiful view, I was so proud of the fact that Eskimosoup and I have done a great job and got people involved.

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Sometimes we need a platform of a strange kind to say what we can’t say to anyone else. Do we dare to think about our lives in these terms and consider the fact that one day we all pass away.

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Different kinds of people got involved, the wall was popular and the messages were inspiring.

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If we take in account that 95% of the messages are genuine and people truly mean what they write, we can see what is on societies mind….. A lot of travelling requests, political wishes and little life goals..
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The image above seems quite strange, as the film industry often associate God or Jesus as those that can fulfill our wishes, but actually it is the people’s dedication, motivation and hard work that will make these writings a reality.

As I was leaving half way, the wall continued to blossom during the event and I hope people enjoyed to be part of this.

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Massive thank you to Eskimosoup and Jenni for the efforts, time and work. I feel honoured to be able to collaborate and photograph the wall.

 

 

If you think that the wall is awesome and you have suggestions where we could do the next BEFORE I DIE WALL, please let us know by commenting below, or Facebook us.