Be creative in Hull this January

Published: Monday 2nd January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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January 2017 is Creativity Month. And what better place in the world to celebrate than the UK City of Culture?

This month in Hull and East Yorkshire there’s a number of events, workshops and activities that you can take part in. Each one is designed to help boost your creativity, fill you with motivation, and perhaps teach something new along the way.

Remember your roots

A great way to be inspired is discovering the history of your home city. Check out Made In Hull, which shines a light on Hull’s heritage for the first week of January.

Incorporating a series of lights and sound shows, the free event runs in and around Queen Victoria Square until Saturday 7 January.

Learn about your city’s past, its people and its present, and how we can together create something fantastic for the future.

Highlights of the exhibition include Quentin Budworth’s Hullywood Icons on Silver Street, Arrivals and Departures at The Deep, and an interactive selfie station on Humber Street.

The weeklong event reminds us of the incredible achievements of people in Hull and how they’ve helped to shape the world around us.

Back to the drawing board

When we think of art, many of us immediately think of drawing or painting. If you want to be persuaded to pick up that pencil, Lines of Thought is the exhibition for you.

With work from some of the most famous artists, such as Dürer, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt, this insightful collection looks deep into the practice of illustration over the past 500 years.

Opening on Tuesday 3 January, Lines of Thought will be housed in the Brynmor Jones Library at The University of Hull until Tuesday 28 February. The exhibition is completely free, but it is advised that you book tickets in advance to ensure entry.

You can see the masterpieces from 10am-7pm Monday-Friday, 10am-5pm on Saturdays, and 11am-4pm on Sundays.

Inspired by the greats

If you just can’t get enough of world-class art, the Ferens Art Gallery will be reopening on Friday 13 January, following a £4.5 million renovation.

New additions include a 14th century piece by Pietro Lorenzetti, as well as works by Francis Bacon. Also, their Open Exhibition will showcase a variety of local talent.

Entry is free, so make the most of this inspirational opportunity during January.

Creating the next generation

If you have kids that fancy polishing their skills, head to Artlink on Princes Avenue. As well as being filled with local artwork and designs, the centre provides young people the opportunity to learn new methods at various workshops and events.

Every Thursday during term time, those under 16 years old can attend sessions, make new friends and explore their imaginations. For just £20 for five sessions, it’s an extremely affordable way for them to explore the world of art and fine-tune their skills.

Meanwhile, motivate yourself by viewing the work of your fellow Hull artists in the main gallery. Open from 10am-4pm Monday-Saturday, there’s plenty of time to browse this intriguing collection.

Hull is your stage

Are you a budding musician or singer? Put your skills to the test at one of The New Adelphi Club’s prestigious musician’s nights.

The open mic event not only allows you to listen to local experimental talent, it’s also the perfect place to present your own material. It could be an original song or poem, stand-up routine or political rant – whatever you want to share.

This event runs throughout the year, including Monday 2, 23 and 30 January.

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Published: Monday 2nd January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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