Experience the city’s history and culture at Made In Hull

Published: Monday 2nd January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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Something extra special was required to kick off our role as the UK City of Culture 2017, so Made In Hull was designed to be an audio-visual spectacular.

Curated by Sean McAllister and written by Rupert Creed, the activity spreads across the city centre. Eye-catching installations can be found at Queen Victoria Square, Whitefriargate, Zebedee’s Yard, Silver Street, Scale Lane, High Street Underpass, The Deep and Humber Street, adopting various forms.

The projections in Queen Victoria Square are particularly impressive, taking over City Hall, Ferens Art Gallery and the Maritime Museum. They run for around 15 minutes on a loop from 4pm-9pm, with 10-minute gaps in-between. It’s worth staying for three showings or visiting multiple times, as each building hosts a different version from the others.

This visual feast tells the story of Hull, including our maritime roots, lives lost at sea, local heroes such as Amy Johnson and Dean Windass, the destruction sustained during the Second World War, the bright lights of Hull Fair, and footage of the day we won the bid to become the UK City of Culture 2017.

What makes it so special is that it’s not simply projections of images and photos. Instead, the team has worked hard to create an inspiring film montage that spans decades of heritage in just a few minutes. Some parts are heartbreaking, others are joyful, and every moment pays tribute to the rich cultural fabric that makes Hull what it is today.

Sound and music play a large role in this installation too, immersing the audience in a three-dimensional soundscape. Taking us under the sea, above the clouds and across the decades, it really is inspiring stuff.

Made In Hull has been designed as a trail, with numerous forms of creative activity on display throughout. Whilst Whitefriargate offers five weird and wonderful sights, including a caravan holiday in a shop window, Zebedee’s Yard has been transformed into a stadium of sound in honour of Hull City. You can even take a selfie down Humber Street, then watch it projected onto a wall to create a work of art.

Another key part of Made In Hull is Quentin Budworth’s Hullywood Icons, which sees local people posing as well-known film characters, from Tom Hanks in Cast Away to Merida in Disney’s Brave. Make sure to take a look, as you might even spot a familiar face whilst there.

Every part of Made In Hull is free to experience and doesn’t require a ticket, simply turn up between 4pm and 9pm to enjoy as much as you wish. Please note that it’s only running until 9 January, so we urge you to pop down whilst you have the chance. You can find the full map of activity here.

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Published: Monday 2nd January 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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  • Philip Hilton

    It remembered the trawling industry and the trawler men who lost their lives feeding the people of the country, was the only thing that interested me, but all in all , it was a great show all round.

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