Look Up: What is it?

What is it?

Look Up is the first artistic installation for Hull in 2017, opening on 1 January 2017. It is designed to challenge people’s perceptions of Hull and offer different ways to experience the city.

Look Up will present a series of new artworks to intrigue and inspire throughout the whole year, and has been created in partnership with organisations including The Deep, GF Smith and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Curators Andrew Knight and Hazel Colquhoun, who recently worked together on Illuminating York, asked artists to create public art commissions including lighting schemes and The City Speaks – a scheme that gives a voice to the city’s past, present and future.

Martin Green, CEO and director of the Hull 2017, said:

The transformation of the city centre is imperative to the success of Hull’s year in the spotlight and these well-renowned artists will ensure that a special creative flair is brought to the project.

“Hull City Council is well and truly getting the stage ready now for us to put on a world-class show in 2017, not only for residents, but the thousands of visitors we will receive.”

So, look up from your phone, look out of your window, look around you – who knows what you’ll see!

The City Speaks

Imaginative installations with words and stories relating to Hull will be built into the fabric of the public realm and street furniture. The work will help to lead visitors through the city centre, beginning at Jameson Street, leading through to Market Square. The City Speaks will see artist Michael Pinksy and Hull poet and writer Shane Rhodes working together, not only to weave words into the new-look city centre, but also to make sure the text is relevant to Hull, with a mixture of local, national, international and historic sources.

The Golden Hour

Light art installation specialist Nayan Kulkarni will use the domes and lanterns of some of Hull’s most significant buildings for his installation The Golden Hour, beautifully complemented by light artworks that are embedded in the ground.

This will mean the eye is drawn from the ground to the sky and perfectly synced with the aim of creating a city of sculptures.

Nayan Kulkarni said: “The Golden Hour seeks to create a calm and inspiring set of illuminations that will transform the significant buildings and sculptures. The effect will be that of a city which constantly changes within its lit effects. Colour and shadow will attract the eye from place to place, never too quickly, more at the speed of walking or resting at a new bench or by a well-tended tree.”


Who’s involved in Look Up?

Nayan Kulkarni

Nayan Kulkarni’s work focuses on the nocturnal city. He uses video, sound, performance and light installation in his practice to engage with present experiences.

His most recent work Three Graces at Illuminating York in 2015 saw the use of three of York’s churches and grounds as a canvas for digital artworks of burning candles as a temporary installation.

Bob and Roberta Smith

Contemporary artist Bob and Roberta Smith (a pseudonym of Patrick Brill) uses art to express his anger at the Government’s downgrading of art in schools. He combines film, placards, sculpture, banners and even a slogan-covered van to campaign for creativity and making all schools art schools.

His recent work includes his furious painting, Letter to Michael Gove, film Art is Your Human Right: why can’t politics be more fun?, an attempt to be elected into parliament in 2015 and a history of art education at the Yorkshire Sculpture Park.

Michael Pinsky

Michael Pinsky explores issues which shape and influence the use of our public realm to create innovative and challenging works in galleries and public spaces. He works with local people and resources without a specific agenda to allow the physical, social and political environment to define his work.

Michael Pinsky’s most recent installations include I’m Laughing At Clouds, an ensemble of nine tactile lighting columns with touching sensors embedded in the sculpture, allowing the passer-by to create a composition of light and sound. In another, L’Eau Qui Dort, he recovered abandoned objects from the Canal de L’Ourcq in Paris and installed and illuminated them to encourage people to question whether progress is always good, or if we should stop and look at what we already have.

Tania Kovats

Tania Kovats uses drawing, sculpture, installation and large-scale projects to explore, understand and exhibit landscape.

She is best known for Tree (2009) a permanent installation in the ceiling of the Natural History Museum created from 200-year-old oak; and Rivers (2012) installed at Jupiter Artland in Edinburgh, for which she collected 100 samples of water from rivers around Britain and stored inside a specially constructed boathouse, preserving them forever.

Claire Barber

Claire Barber works with communities to link the relationships between art, craft and wellbeing to the way people are connected to their surrounding environment.

She is known for her project during the building of the Weymouth Relief Road in preparation for the 2012 Olympics where she gave the people of Littlemoor the opportunity to express their feelings about the build. Littlemoor Wishes saw 2,400 households in the area receive a bag with tie clips, a pen and three laser-cut neoprene tags to write on their own wishes, desires, protests or hopes, with instructions to tie them onto the metal fencing surrounding the roadworks.

Sarah Daniels

Sarah Daniels, a resident of Hull for the last 25 years, received the St Hugh’s Foundation Arts Awards in 2014 to support a period of reflection and professional development, receiving this award meant that she could fully immerse in learning the skills needed for digital illustration.

Following on from this she was able to confidently present her work and portfolio which helped her to secure contracts with multiple organisations. Now her work is displayed in in Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham, Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, two separate paediatric assessment units and a health centre in Cumbria, an intensive care psychiatric unit in Sheffield and Kelvin Hall School in Hull. Sarah has also designed the makeover for Drypool Bridge spanning over the River Hull in celebration of John Venn, famed for inventing the Venn diagram and born in Drypool.

Claire Morgan

Claire Morgan expresses her interest in humans as animals through drawings and installations. She uses natural processes and organic materials in her work to try to come to terms with and grasp the complexity of life and death.

Her recent sculptures exhibit taxidermied creatures suspended and displayed in glass cabinets with materials from their natural habitat, and her drawings are created from residues of the taxidermy process and other mixed materials.