Hull 2017 highlights, 21-27 Jan

Managing to keep up with all the events we’ve been throwing at you? Yes? No? Well, we’re not slowing down anytime soon. Here’s just a fraction of what’s in store for you this week …


Francis Bacon: Nervous System

Free. Open daily, from Saturday 21 January to Monday 1 May. Monday to Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, 10am-7.30pm; Sunday, 11am-4.30pm. Ferens Art Gallery, Queen Victoria Square, Hull city centre. 

From Saturday 21 Jan to Monday 1 May, five of Francis Bacon’s notorious Screaming Popes join the Ferens Art Gallery’s permanent collection redisplay. The Francis Bacon: Nervous System exhibition marks the first time that Bacon’s work has been brought to Hull. This includes one of Bacon’s most revered and highly recognised masterpieces, Head VI (1949), from the Arts Council Collection.

Bacon is known for his darkly visceral, yet striking portraits. The five powerful canvases convey the darker side of the human condition suggesting what lies beneath everyday life.

Re-made in Hull 

Free. Starts Saturday 21 January, 11am-1pm. ScrapStore, Dairycoates Avenue, Hull.

Set in a pretend factory environment, Re-Made in Hull is a series of educational craft workshops designed to inspire families to make a difference to their community through increased environmental awareness.

A replica of a factory will be assembled in the ScrapStore community centre hall, providing an immersive, original and experimental learning platform for the workshops to be staged. Families will be encouraged to work together to celebrate the culture of recycling in Hull and support each other through the medium of arts and crafts.

Workshops will take place on Saturdays until April with additional workshops during the school February half-term holiday and the school Easter holidays. Please ensure you book your place.

 Scrapstore artists

Lisa Ronson at Fruit

Tickets £10. Wednesday 25 January, 7.30pm. Fruit, 62-63 Humber Street, Hull.

Backed by a new rock band comprised of renowned musicians led by Paul Cuddeford, Lisa Ronson will play Fruit on a mini-tour of the UK. The daughter of David Bowie’s legendary guitarist, Hull’s own Mick Ronson, Lisa will be performing her own music as well as a selection of songs that have inspired her and with which she is connected.

Lisa’s critically acclaimed debut Emperors of Medieval Japan features special guest appearances from an inspirational line-up of prestigious musicians: Reeves Gabrels (The Cure, David Bowie); Earl Slick (John Lennon and Yoko Ono, David Bowie); and Morgan Fisher (Mott The Hoople, Queen).


Tickets £14.50-£22.50. Wednesday 25 January to Saturday 28 January, 7.30pm. Hull Truck Theatre, 50 Ferensway, Hull.

Bromance (pictured in header) is the debut show from Britain’s hottest young acrobats, winners of the 2013 Circus Maximus Award and 2014 Total Theatre and Jackson’s Lane Award for Circus at the Edinburgh Festival.

Relationships are the heart of Bromance, where handshakes become handstands and backslaps become backflips. Audacious, touching exhilarating, and with a great soundtrack, this is a tour-de-force of cutting edge physical heroics, wittily exploring male companionship and its limits.

How Sweet It Is Motowns Greatest Hits 

Tickets £21. Thursday 26 January, 7.30pm. Hull City Hall, Queen Victoria Square, Hull city centre.

The ultimate celebration of the sweet sound of Motown, How Sweet It Is combines first-class music, the slickest choreography, and an amazing band, for a Motown experience guaranteed to have you dancing All Night Long.


Greatfield 60 launch party and Beginnings exhibition

Free. Friday 27 January, 4pm-6pm (ticketed launch party). St Hilda’s Church, Elmbridge Parade, Greatfield Estate, East Hull.

In 1957, the Greatfield estate in east Hull was built. Full of hope and aspiration for their new lives, 60 years on, many residents still have an enormous sense of pride and ownership and are working hard to improve the quality of life for all residents through the Greatfield Big Local programme.

Greatfield 60 will celebrate life on the estate through arts and culture. Supporting home-grown creativity, professional artists will work with residents to embed a new enthusiasm for creativity through a variety of creative projects including TV, digital media, dance and photography.

The first exhibition at the G60 Gallery, Beginnings, is a display of early photographs of the estate in construction. Limited tickets are available for the gallery opening and launch party on Friday 27 Jan and members of the public are welcome to see the exhibition on Monday 30 Jan 10am-4pm, Tuesday 31 Jan and Wednesday 1 Feb 10am-6pm and on other days for special events.  

To book your place at the launch party email or call 01482 702390.
Greatfield Estate © Mr. R.N. Pickering