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A year-long programme of artists’ works made specifically for Hull’s public places and spaces. 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 2017, created in partnership with organisations including The Deep, GF Smith and Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Featured artists include: Nayan Kulkarni, Bob and Roberta Smith, Michael Pinsky, Tania Kovats, Claire Barber, Sarah Daniels and Claire Morgan.

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

BLADE – Nayan Kulkarni

8 Jan – 18 Mar 2017
Conceived by artist Nayan Kulkarni, Blade uses one of the first B75 rotor blades made in Hull and changes its status to that of a ready-made artwork, situated in Queen Victoria Square.  At 75 metres it is the world’s largest, handmade fibreglass component cast as a single element.

THE CITY SPEAKS – Michael Pinsky

2 Feb – 31 Dec 2017
This major commission for Hull 2017, by the artist Michael Pinsky, functions as a 21st-century Speakers’ Corner. In The City Speaks, our spoken words are translated to text and relayed on the west tower of Hull’s tidal surge barrier.

WASHED UP CAR-GO – Chris Dobrowolski

29 March – 4 June 2017
Artist Chris Dobrowolski, who studied at Hull School of Art and Design. While there he spent most of his time building different vehicles in which to escape. He’s somehow come full circle and, for Hull 2017, he will be bringing the beach of the Humber to the car park of The Deep.

The work consists of three very ordinary cars placed in the car park of The Deep. Yet if you look closely, the interiors have been replaced with a high tideline of three beaches around Hull. Hidden among the sand are films that bring together these cars and plastic items, demonstrating the effects of plastic pollution. By association, Washed Up Car-go touches upon issues to do with pollution, consumerism and the tradition of maritime art.


7 April – 31 December 2017
Claire Barber’s installation at Hull’s Paragon Station, part of the Look Up programme, explores the phenomenon of ‘transmigration’, and the notion that skills and belongings traverse transport routes alongside people.

The installation is also drawn from personal travelling experiences, through Outer Mongolia, Australia, New Zealand and Iceland, and particularly the idea of looking at what people take with them on a journey, both as luggage and in terms of their culture and craft skill.


30 June – 9 July 2017
“In a world of transient communication and fleeting digital memories, paper offers texture and feeling, weight and sensation…”

Ten days celebrating colour and the freedom to play – installations by some of the most exciting creative minds from the worlds of contemporary art, design and architecture – using the specialist coloured paper, Colorplan, from Hull company G . F Smith.

Leading artists and designers have been invited to play with the most fundamental creative material – paper.

BLEACHED – Tania Kovats

29 July – 17 September 2017
This newly commissioned artwork responds to both the beauty of underwater coral landscapes and urgent environmental concerns about the increase in incidents of coral bleaching worldwide. Working closely with staff from The Deep, she has recycled their cast corals from the recently dismantled Lagoon to make BLEACHED.

Kovats’ recent work has focused on our relationship with the sea. Other works being made include new wall-based barnacle sculptures and drawings using salt and ink on hydrology charts.


3 August – 11 September
During its summer break, Hull School of Art and Design will become a Freedom of Expression Centre, hosting talks, workshops and a new exhibition created by Bob and Roberta Smith, exploring the differing degrees of freedom experienced by artists around the world.

It features a significant new work by Bob and Roberta Smith, following his most recent investigations into the nature of modern protest.

As part of the project, there will be a performance by Bob and Roberta Smith and the Apathy band at The Adelphi on 2 September.


7 August – 15 October
Claire Morgan was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Her installations have been seen all over the world.

For Hull 2017, she is creating a striking, large scale work to be suspended in the atrium of Princes Quay shopping centre.

“With my installations, I hope to create things that provoke thought, wonder and something of the impossible or the unknown. A theme I constantly come back to is time, the passing of time and how it shapes our lives as we try to control it and halt it”

THE GOLDEN HOUR – Nayan Kulkarni

Date TBC
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.


2 October – 12 November
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hull 2017 have jointly commissioned Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini to design an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in response to the historic heart of Hull.   

A Hall For Hull is part of the Hull 2017 Look Up programme of public art installations and will transform Trinity Square with 16 galvanized steel columns arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minster to highlight the symmetry of its facade.  


8 – 10 December

A spectacular, large scale projection event and soundscape by artists Anna Heinrich and Leon Palmer, that will ‘virtually’ transform and remodel the architecture and facade of The Deep. This ambitious work will be a dramatic, monumental, expression of the geological forces and biological processes which originally inspired the appearance of The Deep.  It will reflect a sense of the rich aquatic life contained within the building as the light penetrates and shafts through the depths of its maritime environments

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