Exhibitions set to showcase Greatfield’s history and talent

Greatfield continues its journey through the City of Culture year with two brilliant exhibitions opening this month. Taking place as part of the Greatfield 60 project, which is produced by Greatfield Big Local and supported by Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, the exhibitions include an exploration into nature using photography and film created by Greatfield residents and a showcase of memorabilia from the many weddings that have taken place on the estate over the years.

Nature, the first of the exhibitions which opened this week at the G60 Gallery in St Hilda’s Church, is a unique collection of images and sounds of wildlife which has allowed residents to step their hobby up a notch with a specially-curated exhibition space and prints available to order.

Greatfield resident James Brown said: “It’s all about a world of nature seen through our lens. The reason for putting the exhibition together is to get people out, and to turn a hobby into something we can share with the rest of the world.”

Greatfield Brides and Grooms is the second exhibition in the pipeline, and will be open from Saturday 30 September to Thursday 26 October at St Stephen’s Neighbourhood Centre on the estate.

Celebrating decades of weddings on the estate, the stunning exhibition features an amazing collection of wedding dresses and local couples tying the knot. And there’s still a chance to submit your own memorabilia by contacting Greatfield Big Local on 01482 702390.

Diane Thompson from St Stephens Neighbourhood Centre said: “We want local children to see how their parents and grandparents got married, often with very little money. Greatfield Brides and Grooms will bring our local stories to life by putting the spotlight on that special day.

If that’s not enough to keep you busy, the project will run two workshops as part of its commitment to engaging the community in creative projects. On Saturday 9 September from 11am-2pm, residents can visit the G60 Gallery to work with a semi-professional photographer to create a family portrait that they can take away. A booking system will apply (call Greatfield Big Local on 01482 70390) and there will be a small charge for a CD, or people can bring along their own USB stick.

And if you fancy trying a new craft with the Grin group (Greatfield Residents Improving Their Neighbourhood), call in at St Stephen’s Neighbourhood Centre between 9.15am and 11am every Tuesday during term-time for a friendly chat, cuppa and craft session.

Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, said: “The Creative Communities Programme is taking Hull 2017 right to people’s doorsteps ensuring that everybody, from all over the city, has the opportunity to enjoy this special year. Greatfield 60 is a wonderful opportunity to highlight the individuals and communities that have been at the heart of one of Hull’s biggest estates over the last six decades.

Discover more about Greatfield 60, the community project celebrating life on the estate through arts and culture.