Live blog – 02/03/2018


Women explore sex discrimination in Hull’s music scene – 23/02/18

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An open meeting for women raised concerns of gender inequality and sexual harassment in Hull’s music scene, writes Danielle Hayes.

Make Noise Hull joined forces with The Warren Youth Project to hold an event to consult gig-goers, musicians and engineers on issues and barriers they have experienced.

The majority of the women who attended said they feel unsafe going to gigs alone due to harassment they have experienced.

Here’s what some of the women said they would like to change in the music scene:

The female group (Make Noise Hull) consists of Rosie Collins, Yaz Watson, Megan Thundercliffe, Jazz Harbord, Yssi Wombwell, Philly McAndrew and Katie Hayes, who are all young women passionate about music.

As well as talks amongst everyone who attended the event, there was also a panel of three female music professionals who shared their experiences of working in the industry.

The panel members were Emily Dawson who is a freelance stage manager and backline technician, Ali Hubbard who is a tour manager and involved in the production of Humber Street Sesh, and Hannah Lutkin who has worked in the live music/festival scene for the past 15 years.

The panel, which was held on Wednesday 21 February, gave the audience advice on how to start their careers, shared their views on the gender divide in the industry and said what changes they would like to see happen in the future.

Make Noise Hull plan to host another open meeting for women in six months time to reflect on what they have done and what changes have been made for women in the music scene.

Number of phones stolen in night clubs has risen in Hull – 02/02/18

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There has been an increase in the amount of clubbers’ phones being reported to Humberside Police as stolen in the past month, writes Danielle Hayes.

In January, the police had nine reports of thefts of phones which were taken from people’s handbags and pockets.

In the three months before that, leading up to Christmas, 13 cases were reported.

The thieves have stolen phones in Atik, Mission and Propaganda, which are all clubs based in the city centre.

Some clubbers said they’re always cautious with their phones on nights out, when they’re around other people. Here’s what they said:

We are still waiting for the night clubs affected to comment on the matter.

Humberside Police are urging people to protect their devices, click on the link to find out more information.

City of Culture 2017 Preview: Turner and The Whale Exhibition at Maritime Museum – 6/10/17

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A whaling exhibition featuring works by artist JMW Turner is being displayed in Hull city centre, writes Danielle Hayes.

For the first time in the UK, Turner’s three rare whaling scenes are together in the Maritime Museum, on Queen Victoria Square.

The features are being displayed alongside Hull’s own whaling collection, from when the city held the title of the UK’s largest whaling port.

Co-curator of the exhibition Professor Jason Edwards said the exhibition is a “chance for people to see great art on their doorstep without having to travel to London”.

The professor from the History of Art department at University of York said: “We really raised our aspirations for the Maritime Museum, we put an ambitious programme together and this was going to be our climax so we thought big and we thought it doesn’t get much bigger than Turner.”

The exhibition is due to open to the public tomorrow, Saturday 7 October, and will be displayed until Sunday 7 January 2018.

Turner’s art will be complementing the Turner Prize that bears his name, which is being held this year at the Ferens Art Gallery.

Admissions are free to the exhibition and it is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from 11am until 4.30pm. It is also open until 7.30pm every Thursday.

The exhibition is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, Hull 2017, UK City of Culture and sponsored by the NPS Group.

Create to Change project proven to be a success – 29/09/17

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A new project launched by Goodwin Development Trust, in Hull, has been deemed as life changing for young people, writes Danielle Hayes.

The trust launched the Create to Change project in May 2017, which encourages young people to work in the creative industry.

The project is an employment initiative targeting young people aged 16 to 29. It offers 51 people living in Hull paid work experience with small, creative local businesses for 12 weeks.

Kane Blythe, 22, who has started his placement as a gallery assistant at Queens Gallery Showcase and at Humber Street Gallery said he loves what he’s doing and it is what he wants to do in the future.

Mr Blythe and Thom Sheppard, 25, who is working as a marketing officer at Goodwin and as an artist development and merchandise worker at Warren Records, shared how they feel about being on the project:

The businesses on board with the project and offering individuals experience are Drunk Animal, The Warren, Thieving Harry’s, Larkin’s, Queens House, Pure Events, Humber Street Gallery, Brain Jar, West Hull FM, Dolly Day Dreams, Diony creative, Browse Magazine, Ambiente, Discs (bricworx), Drop point, Octovision Media and Simples Café.

Clive Darnell, Manager of FareShare Hull and Humber, who set up the project said his idea came from Hull being the City of Culture 2017.

Mr Darnell said: “I knew there was a lot of activity and business growth within the city and I noticed there was a lot of interest from young people to get involved with the creativity”.

Rachel Foster from Goodwin Development Trust, who enrols businesses for the project said a huge amount of young individuals and businesses have already shown interest in being part of the project in the next 12 week period.

She said: “I think over the next few months it is going to really kick off because we did a jobs fair thing at Britannia House on Tuesday and we got absolutely loads of people interested in joining the course, more people than we can actually take on”.