Hull 2017 Highlights: 2-8 Dec


Fri 1-Wed 13 Dec, 12pm-9pm (Free)
King William House

A disused building is revived into a family-friendly gallery with a creative workshop space, cinema and library, to celebrate the creative talent of the Hull’s young people who have taken part in Hull 2017’s No Limits programme.

There are opportunities to take a look back on some of these awe-inspiring learning projects and try your hand at something new with our range of creative workshops, including…

Test your making skills with carnival-art-specialist Steve Elliot during his residency from Fri 1 – Sun 3 Dec (1-8pm), and observe the creative process behind his latest piece.

Discuss painting methods and techniques or practice your painting skills with artist in residence, Dom Heffer on Sun 3 Dec, Mon 4 Dec or Wed 6 Dec (1.30-8.30pm).

Get involved in artist Pru Todd’s creative craft sessions on Tue 5 Dec and from Mon 11 Dec – Wed 13 Dec (5-7.30pm).

Create your own original sci-fi costume and props with Anna Bean on Wed 6 Dec, Fri 8 Dec, Mon 11 Dec, and Wed 13 Dec (4.30-8pm)

Throw your favourite shapes with Tenfoot Dance Company! Members of the public – young and old, small and tall – are invited to participate in movement workshops on Thu 7 and Fri 8 Dec between 4-8.30pm.

Freddie Garland of Tenfoot Dance Company will also be holding ‘come and have a go’ salsa sessions on Sat 2 Dec. No need to be worried about two left feet or no partner, just join in!

Watch neon text artist, Debi Keable piece together artworks with electroluminescent wire when she takes up residency from Fri 1 – Sat 2 Dec.

Check the event page for the full line up of activities 


Substance Film Festival

Fri 1-Tue 5 Dec, 7.30pm (£4-10)
VUE Princes Quay

Taking inspiration from the northern landscape, Substance Film Festival aims to connect, engage and celebrate all things northern. From narratives based in inner-city neighbourhoods, to stories that draw parallels with other countries, these unique screenings offer personal perspectives in a universal world.

The question arises: what does it mean to be Northern in a globalised world?

A compelling line-up of 16 short films are explored through four strands over four evenings: Award Winning Films showcases winners from the Aesthetica Short Film Festival, Place is a State of Mind explores physical and abstract theories on the notion of place; Human Stories remind us of our humanity and how individual stories help us to relate to one another; and Complex Relationships looks at the dynamic nature of family relationships.

Each evening includes a Q&A panel discussion with the film-makers.

BBC 6 Music, “Art is Everywhere” with Mary Anne Hobbs

Sat 2 Dec, 7.30am-10am (Free)

Listen at home to BBC 6 Music’s live broadcast from Ferens Art Gallery. Tune into Radio 6 this Saturday to celebrate the Turner Prize with radio presenter Mary Anne Hobbs and a selection of guests from the worlds of art and music.

Radiohead’s Philip Selway will perform an intimate live session, while other guests include: Helen Yeomans and the Glorious Choir from Hull, David Bowie’s official photographer Denis O’Regan, inventor Dominc Wilcox, interactive designers Jason Bruges and Nick Tandavanitj of Blast Theory. Artist Sam Winston will create a piece of art during the show.

Listeners are encouraged to get creative and produce their own piece of art and share it with the hashtag #6MusicArt.


A Colossal Wave!

Sat 2-Sun 10 Dec, 12pm-10pm weekdays and 10am-10pm on weekends (Free)
The Marina & Block C, C4Di

 A Colossal Wave!  is an immersive virtual reality experience, driving conversation around environmental issues. The installation offers a shared VR experience for visitors split over two locations: one outdoor, one indoor.

The outdoor activity, situated on the Hull Marina, lets people toss a bowling ball from a great height. Here you can witness a virtual explosion of colour when the ball hits the ground and creates a catastrophic virtual tsunami.

The virtual wave is filled with abstract computer graphic ‘voice fruit’ creatures that symbolise the billions of manmade waste particles polluting our seas. Users in the indoor space wear VR headsets so that they can see their voice fruits being created in real-time. The shapes and sizes of the fruits vary according to voice and sound fluctuations, meaning each time one is created, they are unique to the visitor.

Kate Rusby at Christmas

Sat 2 Dec, 7:30pm (£18-25)
Hull City Hall

Award winning folk singer and original songwriter, Kate Rusby, returns to Hull with her Christmas tour. She’ll feature new tracks from her forthcoming Christmas album, in addition to songs and carols from her previous three Christmas albums. There might be a favourite or two from her back catalogue too, in recognition of 25 years of magnificent music making.


A Christmas Carol

Sat 2 Dec-Sat 6 Jan 2018, various times (from £10)
Hull Truck Theatre

Can four spirits change Ebenezer Scrooge’s mean and miserable behaviour in time for Christmas?

Hull Truck’s heart-warming adaption of Dickens’ classic novel is a festive favourite to be enjoyed by all the family. Tickets are selling fast for this production, so check with Hull Truck’s Box Office for returns.


Artist Talk: Jason Bruges on Where Do We Go From Here?

Mon 4 Dec, 7pm (Free)
Middleton Hall

Jason Bruges Studio works at the crossroads of large scale art installations, technology, architecture and interactive design, and has recently unveiled the monumental installation Where Do We Go from here? in Hull’s Old Town. The installation sees over 20 large re-purposed industrial robots fitted with light sources, mirrors, prisms and directional speakers which perform a choreographed interplay of light and shadow.

In this talk, Jason Bruges discusses how art and technology combine to generate spectacle, entertainment and stimulate learning and new ideas. He will share his future-focused outlook to examine how digital interventions invigorate urban spaces and shape how we behave within them.

Turner Prize 2017 award

Tue 5 Dec, from 9.30pm
BBC News channel

There are some nervous artists around this week, as we prepare to host the Turner Prize 2017 award ceremony in Hull. The announcement – from our host for the evening, musician and artist Goldie – will be broadcast live on BBC News. Make sure you tune in for this, as we find out who will be crowned Turner Prize winner 2017: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid or Rosalind Nashashibi.

BP Cultural Visions Lecture: Clara Drummond

Wed 6 Dec, 6.30pm (Free)
Middleton Hall

The BP Cultural Visions Lecture series offers a fascinating insight into the achievements of some the UK’s leading visionaries from the arts and cultural sector.

This lecture focuses on the work of the artist, Clara Drummond, who was the winner of the First Prize at the BP Portrait Awards in 2016. She is currently writing a book about drawing and artist’s sketchbooks which is due to be published by Kyle Books in March 2018. Listen to her journey into the visual arts world, from the inspiration behind her practice, to the challenges and obstacles she has faced whilst establishing herself as an artist.

Substance Future Forum

Thu 7 Dec, from 9.30am (£20-£25)
Früit, Hull Minster and around Humber Street

A day of participative debate and discussion on the culture, creativity and future of the north for creative industries professionals, artists, digital pioneers, social commentators, policy and change makers.

This day of discussion and debate aims to examine how the rich creativity and culture of the North can lay the foundations for future generations, using the regenerated areas of Hull UK City of Culture as a backdrop.

Please note that tickets will be sold until 4 Dec at 12pm.

Look Up: FLOE – Heinrich and Palmer

Fri 8-Sun 10 Dec (Free)
The Deep

At dusk you can cast your eyes on FLOE, a spectacular, large scale light projection with an accompanying soundscape devised by two UK-based artists, Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer.

Originally inspired by the design of The Deep, the installation reflects the rich aquatic life contained within the building and reveals the depths of its maritime environments on the building’s exterior. The installation is accompanied by a unique soundscape, overall heightening the dramatic experience!