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#SlowDeath of Hull School of Art and Design

Ever since I graduated in 2012, the threat of redundancies has hung over the staff at Hull School of Art and Design, like the blade of a guillotine. With the announcement made earlier this month by Hull College Group, that 231 jobs were to be lost under the guise of ‘rebuilding’, management have now dealt staff the cruelest blow yet. Continue reading

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A place to play…

An artist needs a place to play. Last week whilst at the opening of Lou Hazelwood’s new exhibition Intersections  – inside Queens House on Paragon Street until 1st Sept  – the topic of infrastructure for creative progression, or rather the lack of it was raised within the group. Continue reading

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Ceci N’est Pas Une Pipe

An invitation to play with pipes in a container in Hull: how could I say no? Occupying the container today was Dom Heffer, a Hull artist who has exhibited nationally and internationally, recently working with the 20/21 Visual Arts Centre in Scunthorpe and the Institute of General Semantics in New York.  Continue reading

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Illustrators Nobody Knows

I remember a couple of illustrations from childhood: firstly the spikey characters of Quentin Blake that peopled Dahl’s wonderful stories. My parents would pass each other the Doonesbury strip and I would peer at the strange figures, wondering what the hell was so funny. As for actually drawing anything myself that resembled, well anything, I never could crack it. I have much admiration for anyone who can make marks, connect lines and make you feel something. There’s a faerie tale book I had as a child and I can still feel the wildness of Baba Yaga’s hair turning into brambles and the quietly menacing skulls, on the gatepost of the witch’s hovel. Continue reading

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We Are Not Famous Yet

Each year the degree show seems to come around quicker than the last. I said as much talking to a tutor in the middle of the DMJ space. Kitted out like a modern newsroom with rows of screens set into a false wall, tablets and other handheld devices propped up tables, it all looks very hi-tec. A world away from my 1950’s recreation: heavy oak writing desk, G.P.O. phone and BFI footage: class of 2012…

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