Hull 2017 Highlights, 8-14 April

As we swiftly roll into the Easter break, lots of new exhibitions and events are opening in and around Hull. Whether you’re looking for something to do with the kids during the school holidays, or have a little time off work, make sure you take advantage of some of the culture in the city …


Tickets £4-£20. Saturday 1 Apr – Friday 30 Jun. Citywide.

Now|Then is a performance that takes you on a journey through the streets of Hull, where your home is the backdrop, the live city is the stage, and your memories are the story.

Beginning and ending at Victoria Pier, passengers will be driven around the city in a performance that literally puts the theatre into Hull. Each individual Now|Then journey is informed by the memories and stories of its new set of passengers, accompanied by a soundtrack that blends music, narration, conversation and observation.

Raft of the Medusa

Free. Wednesday 5 Apr – Saturday 17 June. Humber Street Gallery, Humber Street, Hull.

Raft of the Medusa by Lucy + Jorge Orta takes its historical reference point from the romantic depiction of the shipwreck Le Radeau de la Méduse painted by Théodore Géricault (1819-1819, Musée du Louvre, Paris).

Raft of the Medusa is floating on an ocean of lifebuoys – debris from the Japanese tsunami that has been aimlessly drifting on sea currents ever since. Time eroded the lifebuoys’ colour and marine life reclaimed them, until they were washed on to the shores of Alaska four years later. This multisensory installation includes the pungent smell of decaying rubber, seaweed, wooden planks and oil drums.

Beyond Words

Free. Friday 7 Apr – Thursday 27 Apr. Hull Central Library, Albion Street, Hull.

This second event from the Beyond Words project brings together three highly accomplished artists who have been commissioned to create artists’ books that address themes of freedom.

This impressive multimedia exhibition features the three publications alongside a series of new paintings from Lubaina Himid and films, prints and projections from residency artists Helen Cammock and Hannah Dawn Henderson. Through their new work, the exhibition collectively discusses issues of cultural history, identity, historical referencing, migration and the impact of these on individuals and society as a whole.

Adam Reynolds Memorial Bursary: Shortlist

Free. Sat 8 April – Sat 13 May. Artlink, Princes Avenue, Hull.

This group show will show the work of the seven artists shortlisted for Shape Arts’ 2017 exhibition: Anna Berry, Juan delGado, Ruth Le Gear, David Lock, Peter Matthews, Aidan Moesby, and the recipient Oliver MacDonald. The Shortlist exhibition is an opportunity to experience artwork showcasing the breadth of talent and standard of submissions to this unique and notable art award.

Freetown Connections

Tickets £14.50-£17.50 (only a few left!) Saturday 8 Apr. Hull Truck Theatre, Ferensway, Hull.

Formed in a refugee camp during the country’s civil strife, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have inspired audiences across the world with their songs of joy, faith and hope. To start the concert, there will be a special guest performance from Scunthorpe-born folk legend Martin Simpson.

The band is a potent example of the redeeming power of music and the ability of the human spirit to persevere through unimaginable hardship and emerge with optimism intact. From their humble beginnings in West African refugee camps, Sierra Leone’s Refugee All Stars have performed on some of the world’s most prestigious stages and matured into one of Africa’s top touring and recording bands.

If you miss the chance to get tickets, the concert will also be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 from 10pm.

Re-Made in Hull

Free. Selected dates throughout the Easter holidays, please book in advance. Scrapstore, Hull Play Resource Centre, 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 has been 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.

A Family’s Journey Through Hull’s Old Town –Making of the Exhibition

Free. Tuesday 11 Apr. Hull History Centre, Worship Street, Hull.

An exhibition of 40 oil paintings (pictured) by local artist Shirley Goodsell, which are each a celebration of life in Hull’s Old Town from 1900s until 1970s, takes place on selected dates until 27 April. On 11 April between 12.30pm-1.30pm you can catch Shirley Goodsell’s talk on the making of the exhibition.


If this isn’t enough to keep you busy, check out Mumber’s Easter Guide to What’s On.