Category Archives: 2017

Dog Basket Baboon by Oliver MacDonald

Dog Basket Baboon is the unusual name given by artist Oliver MacDonald, for the third Square Peg exhibition at Artlink in Hull. Featuring a busy pseudo artist studio centred around craftsmanship and weaving, plus six other playful mixed media works, including a Whirlie Wheeler. Continue reading

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Hull Gallery Returns to Roots for Disability and Diversity Programme

Artlink the Centre for Community Arts on Princes Avenue returns to its beginnings as a centre for disability arts, for Roots and Routes, season two of Hull 2017.  Back in 1982 Artlink was part of the Shape Network, a national movement started in 1974, that sought to raise the profiles and increase opportunities for disabled artists.  In 2017 Square Peg will see the community arts gallery delivering a year long disability and diversity programme of events.   Continue reading

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‘Girls aren’t the delicate flowers they used to be’

Delicate Flowers written and directed by Mark Rees of Single Story Theatre Company tells the story of Barbara Buttrick, a Hull woman who has rapidly risen to iconic status, through the telling and re-telling of her achievements in women’s boxing. Born in an era when women were expected to play the good housewife, have tea on the table, look pretty for their man, Barbara proved with her determination and fighting spirit, that women should be allowed to box, finally winning the Women’s Bantamweight Championship. ‘Not bad for a girl from Hull’ says Karen, a young boxer inspired by Barbara’s story Continue reading

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It is not all about me: Portrait Untold with Tanya Raabe

It is not all about me, the opener the group hit upon as I sat having my portrait painted last week by artist Tanya Raabe. The renowned painter was in Hull for a weeklong residence with her national Portraits Untold project as part of Square Peg, a new disability and diversity initiative devised by staff at Artlink Centre for Community Arts. Continue reading

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Crowds congregate for Lorenzetti icon

Upon gazing at the Lorenzetti icon at the Ferens tonight, I am struck by the thought of all those others, who have done so before me. The painted panel ‘Christ between Saints Paul and Peter’ by Sienese master Pietro Lorenzetti is a devotional piece, it has in times past, been the focus of devout prayer.  Do these icons still have similar appeal, beyond that of being treasures to be put on display? Continue reading

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Review: City Story Writ Large in Sound and Pictures

I was surprised at how many people braved the January chill, to see Made In Hull last night. I’d expected a natural decline, after the opening night, but nothing of it. The best way we (party of 3 adults sans children) found to navigate all the illumination sites, in one night and still find time to visit an old town pub, for a welcome warm and a pint, is as follows:
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Review: Sometimes I feel like being alone…

“Sometimes I feel like being alone…” There was not much chance of that last night, as thousands of folk descended upon the marina to usher in ’17’. The lush vocals of Sarah Johns – one half of awesome ambient/electro duo Mr Beasley – filling the night air complimenting the cascades of gold and silver, green and red, from the firework display of In With a Bang. Continue reading

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#REDboard2017 – Made in Hull Starts 2nd January 2017

Red Contemporary Arts is launching its REDboard project for Hull UK City of Culture 2017 with a billboard designed by Hull-based artist Yol on Cottingham Road. Celebrating 20 years of RED Contemporary Arts (formally RED Gallery), billboards across the city will be transformed into platforms for artistic excellence, as well as playing host to site-specific cultural events. Continue reading

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Poetry: Spectacle

outside polar bears swing on street lamps
elephants pose balancing upended, on trunk,
the stoney-faced hippo is ridden by a drunk,
pachyderm pavers lead the way for footsteps,
to pass scoops of blue and a wafer tube
on public view, today no queues of the joblost
to be herded inside the grey windowed
box-ticking exercise, heels hit new stone inlaid
with a promise for a better, brighter future,
an Arctic wind buffers, buttoned-up folk
gathering in their droves, to see the sight,
to witness the spectacle, to dream and wonder
as to what the night will deliver.

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Up To Our Necks – Made In Hull

Wearing a Hull t-shirt is not just an excuse to show loyalty to your hometown, but a chance to share Hull’s distinctive identity: a great way to get people to start talking about Hull and Hullness. Whether it is the quirky Pattie Butty from Bowes Threads or the more teasing Larkin’ Out by Barmy Drain, designs that represent alternative aspects of Hull life have never been more popular. Continue reading

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