News Day 6/10/17

City of Culture 2017 Preview: Turner and The Whale Exhibition at Maritime Museum


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.


STORY: Campaign raises awareness of child sexual exploitation to schools across the region

School students from across the region have been taught how to spot the signs of sexual exploitation.

Not In Our Community, a campaign set up to raise awareness of child grooming, ran a youth summit at Hessle High School with 24 schools.

Around 150 school pupils took part in a day full of activities yesterday. The activities included watching videos and a performance by three Hessle High School students that told the stories of victims of child sexual exploitation. The students also received information from detective inspector Paul Welton and Charlene Kent from Corner House, who support victims and tackle the issue.

Campaign director John Gilbert said: “I think it’s our duty to make sure that young people are as best protected as they can be against people that mean them harm. When you’re growing up there’s so much to deal with and sexual exploitation is certainly one of the ugliest things that blights our society. So whilst a lot of work is being done with adults, a lot of work is being done with perpetrators, we need to better equip the victims as to how to do what they can to not be hooked into one of these terrible situations.”

The schools that participated in the event were Hull Trinity House Academy, Longcroft School, Ormiston Maritime Academy, Withernsea,Axholme, Baysgarth, Cottingham High School, Frederick Gough School,Ganton School, Headlands School andWolfreton.

Amy Knight, campaign manager, spoke more about the youth summit and what Not In Our Community do:


WOW festival to be held in Hull for City of Culture 2017

As part of City of Culture 2017, Women of the World (WOW) festival will be held in the city to celebrate women and equality.

WOW is an event made up of talks, activism, debates, music, film and comedy, that will take place between 10 -12 March.

WOW was founded in 2010 at Southbank Centre, London, and since then similar festivals have taken place across the world. The other continents that have got involved in the movement are Pakistan, Finland, New York and Sydney.

Across the weekend artist Alinah Azadeh will be working on a crafts instalment, in Hull City Hall, called Revolutionary Makers. This will entail people making badges, brooches, protest banners, clothing and sashes.

The artist, who has taken inspiration from the creative campaigns of the suffragettes and the growing movement of craft activism, told us more about her installment:


To Hull and Back 

A live performance of BBC Radio 4’s sitcom, starring comedians Lucy Beaumont and Maureen Lipma alongside the original cast.

This will take place at Hull City Hall on Friday 10 March, 7pm.

Tickets cost £10-15.


Bucket List

A theatre performance that tells the story of a Mexican woman’s fight for justice will be performed on Friday 10 March.

The show will take place in the Ferens Studio, in Ferens Art Gallery between 7.30-9.30pm.

Tickets cost £10-15.


Ethel Leginksa: The Musical Pioneer

An exhibition and concert will be held in Ferens Art Gallery about the first ever woman who conducted her own orchestra in a leading opera house.

The exhibition will highlight Ethel Leginksa’s achievements and share rare recordings of her work.

This will be open from 12-1.30pm on Saturday 11 March.


Club Wow

Hull Cheese, on Paragon Street, will be transformed into a nightclub featuring female DJs, on Saturday 11 March.

DJs involved are from The Welly Club, Spiders and Silhouette, as well as some of the cities new DJs.

The night will start at 9pm for only over 18s.


Now What?

A debate will take place in Hull City Hall bringing to light what needs to be done to make lasting changes for women.

The talk will take place on Sunday 12 March at 3.30pm


Weathered Estates

Hull University drama students, the Roaring Girls, will perform a playwright that tells the story of four women surviving the aftermath of war on Sunday 12 March.

The play, written by Zodwa Nyoni and directed by Amy Skinner, portrays the story of fleeing conflict, crossing borders and what it means to call somewhere home.

Zodwa Nyoni is a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Prize 2014-2015 and the winner of the Channel 4 Playwrights Scheme.

The performance will take place in Ferens Art Gallery between 3-4pm and 5-6pm.


Red Carpet screening: Viceroy’s House

A special screening of a newly released film starring Gillian Anderson and Hugh Bonneville will be shown on 12th March as WOWs closing event.

Gurinder Chadna (Bend It Like Beckham) directed the film that will be shown in Hull City Hall at 6pm.

Following the screening there will be a Q&A with the director and Amanda Nevill CBE, CEO of the British Film Institute (BFI).

Dorchester Primary School students show the public their art in Hull city centre

One of Hull’s primary schools has opened a pop up room in Princes Quay to show off the art they have created.

Dorchester Primary School, in Bransholme, created their own ‘Made in Hull’ to educate more children about arts and culture..

The work the students created includes paintings that are inspired by the art in Ferens Art Gallery, old and new photographs of Bransholme estate and a sculpture of Hull. The children also created paintings in the same style as the artist Jackson Pollock, using colours that make them think of Hull.

As well as the displayed art, there are interactive elements in the pop up room. Dorchester Primary worked with the School of Architecture to reimagine Bransholme and they designed buildings that children can go and play with. There are also boards that the public can write on to share inspirational quotes.

The pop up room is open to the public at 12-2pm on Friday 20 January and on Saturday 21 January from 10am until 3pm.

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A year 6 pupil from the school, Talia, said: “I think it’s really good and it’s good for 2017 and for Hull.”

Clare Powell, a teacher at Dorchester Primary School, labelled the work her pupils did as “kids culture”.

She said arts and culture are just as important as other subjects that are taught, as the subjects can “engage all children”.


Quiz’s range of clothes by Love Island’s star Olivia Buckland is “excellent” in Hull’s branch

A reality TV star has launched a clothing range with Quiz, which has proved to be popular in their Hull store.

The store manager of Quiz, in Princess Quay branch, said Love Island star Olivia Buckland’s range has been doing well since it launched and that celebrities help clothes stores sell products.

Recently, the reality TV figure introduced her line of evening wear to the women’s clothes store. The range mainly consists of dresses that are aimed at Quiz’s target audience of young women who go out clubbing and partying.

Sue Ellen Paul, Quiz’s store manager, said:

“Olivia’s range really fitted well into the Quiz brand with an edge and still stayed quite clubby and party

“Olivia is a great person for our target audience and she has a massive following on social media

“Celebs have a major impact. With social media, girls want to look more like their idols”.

She also said customers are “more likely to buy” products from stores if a “celeb they like” has their own range of products or has shopped in them because they “can connect more” with them.

Katy West, a 20-year-old student from Bransholme, said:

“I really like the dresses by Olivia Buckland. I don’t know who she is because I don’t watch Love Island, but her clothes stood out to me when I walked into the shop because they are so sparkly and pretty.”

Other celebrities have also launched ranges within Hull’s highstreet stores such as Ariana Grande’s Lipsy range and Beyonce’s Ivy Park in Topshop.

Hull’s FantastiCon 2016 set to be bigger than ever

A convention in Hull, called FantastiCon, will gather gamers, cosplayers, book lovers and sci-fi television and film enthusiasts next weekend writes Danielle Hayes.

The two-day event will be packed with virtual reality, live game streaming, book reading, live music and shows, cosplay competitions, board and RPG gaming and NERF wars.

FantastiCon will take place at The Guildhall on 19 and 20 November, from 10am until 10pm. There will also be an after party on both of the days that will last until 3.30am. People of all ages are welcome to take part and visit the event. There will be a children’s zone where free soft drinks will be available.

The event is run by Fantastic Books Publishing, a small independent publishing house. Daniel Grubb, the organiser of FantastiCon, spoke to us about the event.

The sponsors who are supporting FantastiCon are KCOM, HCS VoicepacksElite: Dangerous,Star Citizen (Cloud Imperium Gaming), Animmersion, Thrustmaster, DinoPC, Special Effect,GAME, Smile Foundation, Kardohmah, The Copyright Licensing Agency, The Authors’ Licencing and Copyright Society, Danuta Reah, Susan Alison, Gorjuss Art Ltd, Halo Fire Team,Arco, Travel Extra, Dalek Jast and Smyths.

To find out more about the event, visit

Hull FC fan campaigns for statue of ex rugby player and war hero Jack Harrison

A campaign has recently been started for a statue of a former Hull FC player and First World War veteran to be erected.

The memorial figure will be located in the city to pay tribute to local hero Jack Harrison.

Hull FC fanatic Ian Judson has set up the Jack Harrison VC statue campaign to pay respect and make people more aware of the sacrifice he made in battle.

Mr Judson and Mark Bones, the campaigns treasurer, spoke to us about the campaign.

Whilst playing for Hull FC, Jack Harrison set a club record of 52 tries in the 1914-15 season, which still stands today. He also scored a try in the 1914 Challenge Cup final, which was the first time Hull had won rugby league’s most prestigious trophy.

In the First World War Mr Harrison became an inspirational figure to many people. He was awarded a Military Cross in March 1917 after leading a patrol under heavy fire, during the battle of the Somme.

He was also awarded the Victoria Cross posthumously for his bravery after dying in battle, On 3 May 1917, after he dashed across No Man’s Land to knock out a German machine gun.

He was shot in this action and his body was never found.