This Summer, Humber Street Gallery becomes Hull Television Workshop (HTW). Influenced by Sesame Workshop (SW), the American non-profit organisation that produced Sesame Street, contemporary artist Harold Offeh will facilitate workshops with Hull community groups to co-create HTW episodes.
Space 2 will be part TV studio, editing suite, and production space. Focusing on workshops as the main format for enabling public engagement. Like Sesame Street, designed to help low-income families prepare for school, HTW will have a strong social purpose. Each episode’s focus will be led by people in Hull for people in Hull. HTW will screen a variety of programmes, such as animations, talk shows, documentaries or music shows.
Offeh is an artist working across performance, video, photography, learning and social arts practice. He is interested in the space created by the inhabiting or embodying of histories. He employs humour as a means to confront the viewer with historical narratives and contemporary culture, grappling with issues such as colonialism, the dynamics of work, labour and gender, and ideals of masculine power.
Humber Street Gallery is a contemporary art space nestled in the heart of the city’s Fruit Market cultural quarter. Housed in a former fruit warehouse, the gallery will showcase the best in contemporary visual arts from the shocking to the sublime. The gallery seeks to generate debate, push boundaries, encourage new ways of thinking and inspire with a packed programme designed to appeal to those both familiar and not so familiar with the arts.