Art, music, theatre, festivals, sci-fi, comics and boxing … we’ve got all sorts for you to get stuck into this week.
Free. Kingston Art Group Gallery, 3–25 March
Kingston Art Group is celebrating some of Hull’s wonderful female artists this month with The Female Gaze, an exhibition and a series of free events. It’s all part of our Creative Communities Programme and WOW Hull (Women of the World), a festival celebrating women, girls and equality in all its forms. Grab your partner, your mate, your wife, your son or your gran and go see some art. They won’t bite!
Highlights include a preview of The Female Gaze on Friday 3 March, 6.30pm-10pm, and an In Conversation with … Shuby on Friday 10 March, from 7pm to 8.15pm. London street artist Shuby chats to Hull-based artist Chloë Roach about her journey along the rocky road of the art world, as well as her latest body of work This Is The Spot! and its relationship with the Soho sex industry. Inspired by movie posters, small ads and tarot cards, Shuby has created a body of large silkscreen canvases, executed in a traditional pop art style.
From £3. The Guildhall, Saturday 4 March, 11am–5pm
Sci-fi fans are in for a treat when the family-friendly Hull Comic Con Spring brings Doctor Who actor Jessica Martin and script editor Andrew Cartmel to its latest celebration of sci-fi and fantasy comics, books and art. It’s got Q&A sessions and meet the author events with artists and writers from the worlds of graphic novels, literature, Marvel and Doctor Who. Talks include: Comic Book Scripting 101 with Adam Cheal, Tolkien In The East Riding with Phil Mathison and Screen Writing with Russell Payne, or you could try your hand at creating a Star Wars stop motion animation and a superhero comic strip creation. Timelords and ladies over the age of 18 then have the option to move on to the Night Bash at Kardomah94 (tickets £5).
Free. Artlink, 6–31 March, 10am–4pm
This art exhibition couldn’t be more ’Ull if you slapped it in a pattie butty and sprinkled it with chip spice. Art From The Tenfoot is a series of paintings by Chrissy Collinson that shines a light on Hull’s hidden and unseen urban routes – the back alleys known to city dwellers as tenfoots.
Chrissy chooses to walk and explore these canyons, hinterlands, wild places of weeds, supposed decay and occasional fly-tipping, and sees them as landscape of constant renewal and recycling. They are a result of decades of individual ad-hoc building and bodging by individual residents of the city. This exhibition at Artlink’s Pocket Gallery will be the first opportunity to see this new body of painting and is suitable for all ages.
Free. The New Adelphi Club, Tuesday 7 March, 8pm–11pm
Influenced and inspired by Hull’s own “wreckers of civilisation” COUM Transmissions and Throbbing Gristle, this night of experimental and electronic music is brought to you by respected Manchester label, Tombed Visions.
Acts include Vanishing: Spoken word/electronic/industrial soundscapes from Salford and Hull; Burn Into Sleep: Improv from Salford and Manchester protagonists David Mclean and Lauren Bolger; and Ayn Sof: Huge caverns of rock, lit dimly by ominous voices and flares of artificial light, echoes of fractural dub, sufi music and other forms of indigenous ritual song. We’ll ’fess up, we don’t quite know what to expect either, but if you like our COUM Transmissions retrospective at Humber Street Gallery, we reckon this one’s worth a whirl. Definitely 18+
Part of Heads Up Festival and WOW Hull (Women of the World) festival.
Free with a WOW Day Pass (from £5). Ferens Studio, 10-11 March, 7.30pm/8.30pm
A tale of love, loss and revenge, told through powerful physical theatre and live music, Bucket List is the story of one Mexican woman’s fight for justice. When her mother is murdered for protesting corporate and governmental corruption, Milagros finds herself left only with a bloodstained list of those responsible. Determined to make them pay, Milagros embarks on a passionate quest for justice, no matter the cost. Bucket List is produced by multi-award winning company Theatre Ad Infinitum. It contains some adult content and strong language. 14+
Part of WOW Hull (Women of the World) festival.
Free and exclusive to WOW Day Pass holders (from £5). Hull City Hall, 11 March, 5pm
Talk and panel discussion: The story of Hull’s own Mighty Atom is an inspiring but improbable one. Long before Nicola Adams was a household name, the small-in-stature “Battling Barbara” fought her way through world titles and to the very top of women’s boxing. Barbara joins us at WOW Hull to tell her remarkable story, along with fellow Hull boxer Tommy Coyle and some of the city’s next crop of budding world champions. Chaired by BBC Look North’s Anne-Marie Tasker.
Part of WOW Hull (Women of the World) festival.
Free with a WOW Day Pass (from £5). Ferens Studio, 11 March, 6pm
Inspired by Barbara Buttrick, a young Hull boxer, Karen, uses the Mighty Atom’s story to reflect on some of her own struggles. In Delicate Flowers their two stories are intertwined. Karen idolises Barbara as she epitomises the courage and tenacity needed to break through the glass ceiling of a male-dominated sport, facing the same issues. Everyone needs a hero, and Barbara is Karen’s. (She’s kind of our hero too.)
Delicate Flowers is touring to non-theatre venues in the city, taking performance to venues and audiences that may not normally have access to professional theatre.
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