Hull 2017 Highlights, 25-31 March

This week we reach the end of our very first season, Made In Hull. Time flies when you’re delivering 365 days of transformative art and culture, amiright?

We’re a quarter of the way through the year, but there’s plenty more to come from Hull 2017. Here are just a few of the highlights coming up this week, before our Roots & Routes season kicks off in April.


Free. Fri 24 – Sun 26 March. Humber Street Gallery

Live and performance art might not be for everyone – which is exactly why you should head to ReROOTed. This festival of live art, celebrating the legacy of creative pioneers Hull Time Based Arts, features local, national and international artists. There’s a whole weekend of activity planned around Humber Street, including Scottish performance artist FK Alexander’s When All Of Your Wishes Are Granted Many Of Your Dreams Will Be Destroyed on Saturday 25 March at 6pm in Humber Street Gallery (Gallery Two).

Poppies: Weeping Window

Free. Sat 25 March – Fri 14 May. Queen Victoria Square.

This quiet, contemplative installation continues its journey around the country, arriving in Queen Victoria Square this weekend. Created by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper, and originally installed at HM Tower of London, Poppies: Weeping Window shows several thousand handmade ceramic poppies pouring from a window of the Maritime Museum.

The sculpture is touring the UK as part of the arts programme for the First World War Centenary, 14-18 NOW.

HIC at Middleton Hall: Moonlight

£6/£7. Mon 27 March, 7.30pm. Middleton Hall, University of Hull.

The actual Oscar winner for Best Picture, Moonlight is being screened by Hull Independent Cinema this week. Following the story of a young black man in America, this timely, heartbreaking film is underpinned by some powerful performances. You’ll struggle to find this one in cinemas now, so this could be your last chance to see it on the big screen.

Fountain 17

Free. Mon 27 March – Sun 14 May. Brodrick Gallery, Kingston Art Group Gallery, Studio Eleven & Humber Street Gallery.

What was Marcel Duchamp thinking when he took a porcelain urinal, turned it on its side, signed it R.MUTT, called it Fountain and then entered it into an art prize? This defining moment of anti-art happened all the way back in 1917, and the controversy it caused has delighted and enraged art critics ever since.

2017 marks a curious porcelain anniversary, as the 100th anniversary of Duchamp’s artwork coincides with the 200th anniversary of bathroom manufacturer Armitage Shanks and our own year as UK City of Culture 2017. Fountain 17 is a project funded through our Creative Communities Programme, bringing artists, writers and musicians together to create work inspired by Duchamp’s Fountain. The first exhibition begins at the Brodrick Gallery, Hull School of Art and Design from 27 March.

London Sinfonietta: Under The Skin

£20. Fri 31 March, 7.30pm. Middleton Hall, University of Hull.

Oscar nominee Mica Levi comes to Hull this week for a truly unique event – Levi will personally conduct the London Sinfonietta, as they play her live score for Under The Skin. This is a one-off opportunity to see this epic sci-fi movie screened with a live soundtrack, conducted by the composer who created it.

Mica Levi is an unstoppable force at the moment – she’ll be back in Hull this summer, as part of PRS Foundation’s New Music Biennial.