JMW Turner to the Turner Prize via the… The Tool Appreciation Society? Our world-class Tell The World visual arts programme is as diverse as it is surprising.
Perhaps the most anticipated exhibition comes to Ferens Art Gallery when it hosts the Turner Prize, one of the best-known prizes for visual art in the world and one of the UK’s most exciting and high profile awards (26 September – 7 January 2018). The four shortlisted artists are Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi and the winner will be announced at a ceremony in Hull on 5 December.
The Look Up programme of public art commissions continues with A Hall For Hull (1 October – 11 November). The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hull 2017, supported by the British Council and Wedge Group Galvanizing Ltd, have jointly commissioned Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini to design an ambitious temporary outdoor structure in response to the historic heart of the city. A Hall For Hull will transform Trinity Square with 16 galvanized steel columns arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minister to highlight the symmetry of its facade.
Another Look Up installation sees a further collaboration with The Deep, inspired by Terry Farrell’s iconic building (8-10 December). Created in response to the architect’s vision for this expressive building, this new commission will transform it and the riverside setting, through light, sound and digital media.
Hull, Portrait Of A City
Hull 2017 has partnered with international photography cooperative Magnum Photos, commissioning Martin Parr and Olivia Arthur to create the exhibition Hull, Portrait Of A City for Humber Street Gallery (13 October – 31 December). The exhibition explores the culture and creativity of Hull and the qualities that have made the city stand apart in an unforgettable year of culture. Hull, Portrait Of A City owns the discussion about where, what and how. How might we define Hull? How has culture changed our landscape and regenerated our city? What impact has it had on everything from economy to civic pride? How do we record it?
Jason Bruges Studio’s Where Do We Go From Here?
Jason Bruges Studio, internationally renowned for producing innovative installations, interventions and ground-breaking work that sits between architecture, site-specific art and interaction design, is to create a new light installation that responds to the city’s unique geometries. Where Do We Go From Here? playfully puts Hull’s Old Town under an illuminating microscope, accompanied by new soundscapes, propelling us into Hull’s as-yet-unknown future (December to January 2018).
A Colossal Wave
The dazzling immersive virtual reality experience, A Colossal Wave from creative innovators Marshmallow Laser Feast comes to Hull to coincide with the Substance festival (7-10 December), in a commission with the British Council and Partenariat du Quartier des Spectacles. VR may appear to be a solitary affair, but this is an immersive experience to be shared with others, as an explosion of colour is created after a real ball is thrown from a great height to create a huge virtual wave.
An Eyeful Of Wry: Government Art Collection
An Eyeful Of Wry: Government Art Collection at Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull (20 October – 26 November). From droll 18th-century caricatures by James Gillray to satirical prints and Simon Faithfull’s video of an impossible journey, explore the relationship between artist as joker and viewer as sharp-eyed observer offering fresh insight into the Government Art Collection.
Turner And The Whale
Turner And The Whale at the Maritime Museum unites Hull’s own whaling collections with works from JMW Turner, including three rare whaling scenes and one maritime scene on loan from Tate. In partnership with the University of York and Tate, supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. (7 October – 7 January 2018).
Square Peg, Artlink‘s year-long disability and diversity arts programme supported by Hull 2017, presents Centre of Attention and also hosts artist-in-residence Jason Wisher-Mills, who will be working with different communities in the city to create a selection of new work, to form part of his exhibition to be launched in January 2018. Backed by Hull 2017 Principal Partner, Spirit of 2012, which is supporting many key projects throughout the year. Other shows at Artlink include sculptor Brian Griffiths, who has invited friends, family and colleagues to make a puppet of themselves for So He Pulled The Right Levers And You Did The Asking (9 October – 14 December).
The Tool Appreciation Society
Artist Linda Brothwell’s exhibition The Tool Appreciation Society explores the connections between tools and our sense of place. It is inspired by the heritage and workers of Hull and South Korea. It opens at Hull Central Library on 27 September and runs until 11 February 2018. The press view is on 25 September when a surprise installation in the public realm will be unveiled. The project is curated by Thirteen Ways, funded by Hull Culture & Leisure Library Service, Arts Council England, the British Council and BBC Four, which will be airing a documentary in November 2017.