First look: artists behind our landmark opening event revealed

Our landmark opening event, Made in Hull, will transform Hull city centre for seven days in January – and today we’re very excited to announce more information about the artists we’re working with to bring this installation to life.

This free event will run from Sunday 1 January until Saturday 7 January 2017 across Hull city centre. Beginning at 4pm each evening, local, national and international artists will use large-scale projection onto buildings – as well as soundscapes, site-specific art installations, archive footage, animation and interactive live performance – to tell the story of Hull and its people over the last 75 years.

Hull-born documentary film-maker and BAFTA nominee Sean McAllister has been hard at work alongside writer Rupert Creed, production designer Ala Lloyd, lighting designer Durham Marenghi and composer and sound designer Dan Jones to create this specially commissioned event. The team has now grown to include artists from around the UK, each bringing their dynamic creative vision to an aspect of the installation.

The creative team behind Made in Hull includes Hull-born artist and mischievous shop window sign-maker Preston Likely; local visual artist Helga Gift; lens-based Hull artist Quentin Budworth; Oscar nominated producer Chris Hees; Yorkshire-based company imitating the dog, who mix lix performance and technology and are working with Hull-born composer Terence Dunn; innovative animation director and video designer Zsolt Balogh; interactive arts company Invisible Flock; film and photography studio Sodium; makeAMPLIFY, a collaboration between dance artist Jennifer Irons and audio visual artist Zach Walker; Jesse Kanda, who works in video, music and digital art; and multimedia experimentalists Urban Projections.

Design and production of the show is well underway, as these artists plan to transform sites around the city. Hundreds of people from across Hull have played a part in the development of Made in Hull, taking part in interviews and providing archive material to help capture different aspects of the city’s story. Audiences should expect to experience installations that explore Hull’s role as a place of arrivals and departures, following the city from the Second World War through to the fishing industry, telling the story of rising and falling unemployment, as well as the livelier elements of life in the city like nightclubs and sport.

As part of the development of the installation, Quentin Budworth has been capturing images of Hullywood Icons from around the city recreating iconic Hollywood moments, whilst Invisible Flock are due to record Hull City fans chanting from the terraces at the upcoming game against Newcastle for a special sound installation.

Locations for the installations and projections include Queen Victoria Square, Zebedee’s Yard, Whitefriargate, Silver Street, Scale Lane Staith, High Street, Myton Bridge underpass, the Deep and Humber Street. Over the seven evenings audiences will be able to join the trail from any starting point. They will be able to come for an hour or more, spend the whole evening and make return visits throughout Made in Hull’s run.

Martin Green, CEO and Director, Hull 2017, said: “Made in Hull will be a thrilling, evocative and thought-provoking start to Hull’s year as UK City of Culture. It is inspired by the concept of the son et lumière, but with one of the finest documentary filmmakers working today at the helm it will be a bit different – as you might expect in Hull. Everyone is invited and we hope that as many of Hull’s 260,000 residents as possible will want to experience this ambitious project. It is deeply rooted in the city’s culture and heritage and paves the way for a year in which people will look at the city with fresh eyes.”

Made in Hull is free, unticketed and suitable for people of all ages. Cafés, restaurants, bars and shops are due to open in the city centre on 1 January, so people are being encouraged to make a day of it. East Yorkshire Motor Services and Stagecoach have also confirmed that they will be running a special bus service on the day. City centre car parks will also be open, although people are being urged to use public transport wherever possible and plan their journeys to and from the event.