Awesome Animals – Children’s Day

Join us for an amazing opportunity for children and their friends and family to enjoy the wonderful Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition and also the stunning sculptures of British wildlife by artist Anna Stothard.
Visitors to the exhibition will be entertained by some larger-than-life creatures who are at the Treasure House for the day. There’ll be a pair of mischievous pigeons, and a couple of attention-seeking gulls pottering around the exhibition spaces.

There’ll be face painting, and a fun trail to follow around the exhibition. The day will also feature animal handing (morning session) and craft (afternoon session) which are subject to a small charge and are recommended to be booked in advance.


What’s it like to be sixteen years old now?

In this major touring exhibition leading contemporary photographers join forces with more than one hundred and seventy sixteen-year-olds across the UK to explore their dreams, hopes and fears and who and what they care about.

Photographer Craig Easton conceived this ambitious project in collaboration with sixteen-year-olds at the time of the Scottish independence referendum. It was the first, and as yet only time in in the United Kingdom sixteen-year-olds have been given the vote. Building on the success of this work he invited some of the UK’s foremost documentary portrait photographers to collaborate with him and young people to create visual vox pops on what it means to be sixteen now.

Photographers Robert C Brady, Linda Brownlee, Lottie Davies, Jillian Edelstein, Stuart Freedman, Sophie Gerrard, Kalpesh Lathigra, Roy Mehta, Christopher Nunn, Kate Peters, Simon Roberts, Michelle Sank, and Abbie Trayler-Smith joined Craig Easton to develop and produce Sixteen. Working with photography, film, social media, audio recordings and writing, they brought together the faces and testimonies of young people from diverse communities across the UK, giving prominence to voices rarely heard.

Sixteen spring touring programme

Hull Central Library celebrates the first touring exhibition in its new gallery space. Jillian Edelstein’s suite of stunning portraits, made in collaboration with the Hull Warren Youth Project and Wilberforce College students, was shot in a pop-up classroom studio. Each sixteen-year-old included the title of a favourite song in their testimony as another way of telling their story. Photographic, FaceTime and video portraits of young people in areas reaching from the Scottish Islands and Cornwall and shown in the Library with their Hull contemporaries, as an integral part of the Sixteenproject.


‘Synthesis’ is Studio Eleven’s 3rd exhibition of 2019 and features Barry Stedman, Ceramicist and Lesley Williams, Painter.

Barry’s work is loosely thrown and altered on the potter’s wheel or constructed from slabs of clay. He regards the vessels as vehicles to explore contrasts created in the everyday by natural phenomena – light and shade, hard and soft, warm and cool colours, rough and smooth surfaces. Tensions and rhythms of pattern, alongside harmonies of colour, are captured in the applied painterly surfaces permanently, in pure materials to create pots which explore the ‘in – between’. Pots are complimented with his gouache drawings of colour, spaces, lines and textures found in ceramic form and surface in the exhibition.

Ideas begin with sketches and are developed through drawing, painting, and multiple firings of the ceramic forms simultaneously. The warmth and brightness of slips, oxides and underglazes fired to earthenware temperature kiln firings, applied over a red clay body creates depth and richness. The surfaces are fabricated in layers, firing in between using thin washes, wiping back and building up rich zones of colour. Glaze is selected and added later to create further depth, tone and texture.

Barry found ceramics later in life after a career in retail. He completed the Ceramics degree course with a first class BA (hons) at the University of Westminster in Harrow.

Lesley seeks to investigate what lies beyond the immediate surface of her environment, endeavouring to select the spaces around a subject to re-organise and intuitively ‘make up’ her perception. This translation is juxtaposed to produce brightly coloured paintings with the quality of colour captured from her investigations into gardens, ponds, and the wider landscape.Colour and translucency are at the heart of Lesley’s paintings. Her colour work is greatly influenced by the paintings of Bonnard and Redon. Paintings are semi – abstract compositions that select ways of seeing the gardens, water and the landscape. The painterly surface is invigorated further through her understanding of colour relationships, the imagined movement and form that suggest a feeling for a specific moment – captured in paint.

Lesley Williams was born in York and gained a BA (Hons) in Textile Design at Nottingham Trent University and later an MA in Fine Art from Leeds Metropolitan University.

Faces of Slavery Exhibition

An exhibition of photographs by the Guardian from the Modern-day slavery in focus series Faces of Slavery.

It is a powerful exhibition of photographs, where portraits of human trafficking survivors are exhibited alongside their testimonies.

Free admission – all welcome.

The exhibition will run until the 2nd of June. It is located on the lower ground floor of the Larkin Building and is open daily 9.00am-5.00pm.

This exhibition is part of the ongoing partnership between the University of Hull and Freedom Festival Arts Trust.

No.44 – Fine Art Degree Show – Hull School of Art & Design

44th group of Fine Artists creating out of Hull School of Art and Designs Queens Garden’s Campus, the No.44 artists have worked hard to make this exhibition a degree show to remember.

Between them, these artists work across sculpture, collage, printmaking, installation, sound, painting, drawing, photography and mixed media.

The issues they address include industry, ecology and the environment, the process of making, moments in time, human identity and the juxtaposition between innocence and evil.

Everyone is welcome to attend the free Opening Event on Friday 31 May 6-9pm, at Hull School of Art and Design.

The exhibition will then run from 3-19 June opening every weekday, 9am-5pm, with late night opening on Mondays and Wednesday till 9pm.

Life Below Stairs

Have you ever wondered what life was like ‘below stairs’ at a Yorkshire country house? A fascinating new exhibition exploring the daily lives of servants at the grand Burton Constable Hall opens on 4th May 2019!

Containing glimpses of the hidden world of the servant’s hall, with its own strict hierarchy and limited comforts, this exhibition reveals the day-to-day details of life for servants at the hall from the 18th and 19th Centuries. Discover what life would have been like for Antoine Reny, Lady Clifford Constable’s fashionable French Lady’s Maid from Paris, and for Susan Hoe, the first housemaid in 1866. The display reveals the difficulties of life ‘below stairs’, but also the status that some servants held in the household and how close some came to being counted as family.

Find out more about the huge numbers of staff required to run a hall the size of Burton Constable, and the varied jobs they performed. How would you have fared as a 19th Century housemaid? Giving a fresh insight into life behind the scenes at Burton Constable and with activities for the whole family, this exhibition is one not to miss.

Humber Unleashed

Unleashed Events are hosting a geeky family-friendly fun day that you won’t want to miss!

There are a number of exciting things taking place on the day such as having the special movie guest, Adam Basil. Adam is an actor and stunt performer who has been in films such as Justice League, Kingsman, Game of Thrones and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.

Adam has also appeared as a Death Trooper in Star Wars Rogue One as well as being the stunt double for Beast in Beauty and the Beast. Adam will be available for you to meet as well as watch him when he takes to the stage to join in with the fun! Our other special guest is Amy Telford from Strange Porcelain Cosplay, who will be hosting the event and will be including something special for fans of anime.

We all know and love our fairy tales but you won’t want to pass up on seeing Andy and Amy on stage having fun with some alternative versions! We have everyone’s favourite blue monster, Sully, who no one can resist giving a hug and you might even see Groot, Rainbow the Unicorn and Poppy the Troll doing the odd dance or two! Dancing not your thing? Then don’t miss out on the action by having a blast in the inflatable shooting range! Fancy something more virtual?

Then check out our VR gaming area! Of course, no event would be complete without superheroes and princesses and we have plenty of them for you to come along and have your photo taken with!

There will be cosplay competitions for those who like to come along in character and a hands-on prop station for those who want to see how they are made. To top it off, there will be geeky traders with tons of geeky toys, comics, collectables, art, jewellery, gaming, face painting and so much more….there is something for everyone!

Humberside and North East Lincolnshire Bonsai Societies Show

Join us to experience the majesty of nature in miniature that is called Bonsai. For this special event Humberside and North East Lincolnshire Bonsai Societies will to come together to show some excellent specimen trees, all from the member’s private collections. 

During the day there will be a number of demonstrations covering cultivation, styling and refinement. Starting in Bonsai is certainly not necessarily about buying that ready made tree, but can very much be about starting with young trees from the garden centre.

Take the opportunity to speak to the society members there who will be more than happy to offer advice.

There will a sales table and refreshments, throughout the day.

Both clubs have been active in bonsai for over 25 years and have a wealth of experience in all aspects of bonsai, definitely an event not to be missed.

The word “Bon-sai” is a Japanese term which, literally translated, means “planted in a container”. This art form is derived from an ancient Chinese horticultural practice.  Most commonly kept under four feet (or about a metre) in height, Bonsai are not genetically dwarfed plants. Most native trees can be grown outdoors; material from more tropical areas needs at least some protection from the elements in our temperate climate.

Open 10 am to 4 pm


‘AWAKENING’ a retrospective solo show by Francesco Jacobello is opening at The Creative and Cultural Company Space 6, Level 3 Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Kingston upon Hull. Opening Friday 19th April 12-5. Then open for one month until 19th May. Opening times 12-5 Tue-Sat, 12-4 Sun, NB: Closed Easter Sunday & every Monday. Free Entry.

Coming from Sicily Francesco Jacobello’s work has a classical background with a modern feel created in black biro, pencil, pastel, pen & ink and watercolour. Often referencing cultural icons in psychedelic space, on paper or objects such as guitars.
For the past 10 years, Francesco has been based in London and exhibiting across Europe. Much of his work is held in private collections globally. He is currently working on projects with Harrods, Purling London and Marlow Guitars. As well as collaborations with Lindsey Bex, Caio Locke and Raffaella Bertolini. In late 2018 Francesco moved from London to Hull and is delighted to exhibit his work for the first time in Yorkshire. “Awakening” is a retrospective of 10 creative years, curated by Alan Raw.

The artist will be in the gallery on Saturday 20th April 2019 at 12pm.

Trawlers & Ports: Art Exhibition

This inspiring exhibition features drawings of the great ports of Hull and Grimsby along with the trawlers and the men who worked on them by artist Dale Mackie.

Location: The Carriage House, Burton Constable

This exhibition is included in the normal admission charges.

Difficult Women of Burton Constable

In 2019 the spotlight throughout the Hall will fall on these generations of women, and their varying impacts on, and contributions to, the development of the Constable Family and the Hall itself, through their fascinating and sometimes surprising, stories.
From the dedication of Winifred Constable, who accompanied her brother William on a Grand Tour to try and find a cure for his gout to the flamboyant Rosina, second Lady Clifford Constable, who enjoyed the freedom and financial independence brought by widowhood, and ‘sacked’ Burton Constable of valuable contents to pursue a colourful life in Italy, yet returned to Yorkshire along with much of the collections, to finally be buried in the family mausoleum.

This exhibition is included with the normal hall admission charges.

Brooklands Photographic Society Exhibition

Brooklands Photographic Society will hold their 2019 exhibition at the History Centre next year. It will run between 26th March and the 12th April 2019 and will be the seventh time the Soceity’s annual exhibition has been held at the History Centre.

The society was founded in 1968 at the staff photography club of Reckitts in Dansom Lane in Hull. A move to the Brooklands Pavilion in 1982 gave the club its name and this name has been retained although the club now meets weekly in Sutton Methodist church every Tuesday.

The society is the Hull areas largest photography interest club and meets for 46 weeks each year. Its members come from a large geographical area and the club is well known in the local community due to its linked work with Sutton and Wawne Museum, Humber All Nations Alliance and the local charities it supports by taking photography shows out in to local community groups such as the WI or church groups.

The 2019 exhibition will feature 120 prints with each club member who contributes to the exhibition having one of more images accepted. All subjects will be covered and the public will be asked as always to vote for their favourite three images. The member with the most public votes for their image will win a prize donated by the club.

Humber Street Gallery

Fruit Factory (Ages 6 – 10)

Inspired by the exhibitions taking place in the gallery, participants will create their own artwork, using various mediums, which will be displayed on the Fruit Factory Gallery.

For the first half of the Spring programme, participants will approach experimental drawing, designing playful hairstyles and wigs with inspiration from futurism and Sci-fi with found materials.

For the second half of the Spring programme, participants will be involved in producing portraits, these can be self-portraits, other participants or friends and family. They will be encouraged to use different materials to construct multi-layered works that allow them to expand their horizons of drawing.

Results for the workshops will be put on display on the brand new Fruit Factory Gallery on the Ground floor.

Humber Street Gallery

Early Bods

Bring your little ones along to this relaxed session for children aged 0-5. These sessions will be a combination of costume, performance and colour, taking inspiration from Athena Papadopoulos’s exhibition.

Artist Rachel Elm will lead the sessions, which will incorporate textures and colours into an interactive workshop that let participants customise their own outfits.

Tickets are £3 per child. Please book under the child’s name who will be attending. Children must me accompanied by a responsible adult.

Humber Street Gallery

Improvisational Soundscape

During gallery opening hours Cut artists Richard and Graham will be experimenting with modes of recording and sound to produce a live improvised soundscape.