3 Feb 2017

Hull 2017 Highlights, 4 – 10 Feb

Get some of that culture in you…

If you’re up for a bit of culture this week, you’re in the right place. Take a look at what you can get stuck into…


COUM Transmissions

Free, 3 February – 22 March, 10am-8am, Humber Street Gallery, Humber Street, Hull.

Explore the birth of COUM Transmissions in the first exhibition of materials drawn from the personal archives of Cosey Fanni Tutti and Genesis P-Orridge. Sold out live events curated by The Quietus will trace the conception and legacy of COUM, combining music, talks and discussions among original COUM members.

Founded in Hull during the late 1960s by artists Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti, COUM Transmissions was a collective whose work confronted, subverted and challenged societal conventions.

Labelled ‘the wreckers of civilisation’ by a Conservative MP following COUM’s Prostitution show at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts, the group’s end in 1976 heralded the formation of the musical collective Throbbing Gristle.

Exhibition contains explicit content. Visitor discretion is advised, definitely not suitable for the young ones.


TAXI – An exhibition by Mike Harvey

Free, 13 January – 12 February, 12pm – 5pm, Hull International Photography Gallery, Princes Dock S, Hull

Documenting the lottery of people that occupy the taxi space and the experiences that taxi driving offers, TAXI is an exhibition by Mike Harvey. Whether it be rushing a pregnant lady to hospital or hearing stories of WWII from an elderly passenger, the taxi provides a space to meet, converse with and learn from diverse people. Shop and call centre workers, tradesmen, policemen, prostitutes, lawyers, publicans, millionaires, undertakers, school teachers, drug dealers and postmen. The old, the young, the rich, the poor, the sober and the high.

Taxi represents a small cross-section of Welsh society, non-judgmentally documenting contemporary culture.


Marine Art: Mandy Barker

From £9, 1 January – 28 February, The Deep, Tower St, Hull

Mandy Barker is a photographic artist whose work involving marine plastic debris has received global recognition. The motivation for her work is to raise awareness about plastic pollution in the world’s oceans whilst highlighting the harmful effect on marine life and ultimately ourselves.

Born in Hull Mandy attended Kelvin Hall Senior High School, going on to study the Art Foundation Course at Hull College. More recently she has studied Photography and Digital Imaging at Hull College, Harrogate Campus. Following this she went on to study MA Photography at De Montfort University graduating in 2011.

Her work came about initially from visits to Spurn Point near Hull and is now recognised around the world.

Admission to the gallery is free with a regular ticket to The Deep.


The City Speaks

Free, 2 February – 31 December, all day, Fruit Market, Humber St, Hull

This major commission for Hull 2017, by the artist Michael Pinsky, functions as a 21st-century Speakers’ Corner. Your spoken words are translated to text and relayed on the west tower of Hull’s tidal surge barrier.

On the quayside of Humber Dock Street, a steel lectern provides a platform where you can broadcast your thoughts and feelings. A microphone captures your words, and software transcribes them into a scrolling dot-matrix text on the tidal surge barrier.

The plinth and the tidal barrier perfectly align at each end of Humber Street, allowing you, the speaker, to see your own speech being displayed across Hull, embodied into one of the city’s architectural icons.

The City Speaks is part of the Look Up programme of artists’ commissions for the city’s public spaces. It was developed with The Light Lab and realised with the cooperation of the Environment Agency.

Visit the Fruit Market and have your say.


The City Speaks Michael Pinsky © Thomas Arran


Avalanche Party/Blackwaters/Strange Bones

Free, 7 February, 5.30pm – 2am, The Polar Bear, Spring Bank, Hull

This week at The Sesh, headliners Avalanche Party are back with support from BlackWaters from Guilford (a mash-up of Fidlar and Dead Kennedys) and Strange Bones with their punk aesthetic and screamy vocals, who also join BlackWaters on tour.

What more can you ask for on a Tuesday night?

Xuefei Yang in Recital

£4 – £8, 9 February, 5pm, Middleton Hall, University of Hull

Enjoy an evening with Xuefei Yang, one of the world’s finest classical guitarists. Hailed as a musical pioneer, Yang dominates the modern classical guitar scene.

Born following the Cultural Revolution, an era where Western music and instruments were banned, Yang was the first ever guitarist in China to enter a music school, and became the first to launch an international professional career.

Xuefei Yang © Neil Muir


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