Welcome to Hull, the UK City of Culture! During 2017, the doors are being thrown open wide and the world is invited to see what the city has to offer as Hull delivers 365 days of arts and culture.
SEASON THREE - FREEDOM
The city enters its summer season (1 July - 30 September) packed full of festivals and events that celebrate Hull’s rebellious streak and its freedom of thought, unbound by convention. The third season not only explores the pivotal role Hull played in the emancipation movement, as it helped to ignite the still unfinished global journey towards equality and social justice for all, but will also look at broader interpretations of freedom as a platform to create and debate, share and enjoy, reflect and reimagine.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE YEAR INCLUDE:
- Hull New Theatre reopens following £16m transformation with a visit from The Royal Ballet led by its Hull-born director, Kevin O’Hare
- Philip Larkin’s life and work celebrated with major exhibition New Eyes Each Year – and Grayson Perry as The Philip Larkin Society Distinguished Guest Lecturer
- Slung Low’s year-long epic adventure Flood by James Phillips told online, live in Hull and on BBC television.
- International pioneers of site-responsive performance dreamthinkspeak premiere ONE DAY, MAYBE in Hull
- The Ferens Art Gallery hosts the Turner Prize and presents a major exhibition exploring Skin, including works by Ron Mueck, Lucian Freud and the first showing of Spencer Tunick’s photographic work featuring 3,200 local people in the nude and painted blue for Sea of Hull
- The 10th Waterstones Children’s Laureate will be announced in Hull prior to the first ever children’s literature festival in the city
- New work by artists including Bob & Roberta Smith, Tania Kovats, Chris Dobrowolski, Claire Barber and Claire Morgan in shopping centres, car parks, streets and public squares as part of the visual art series Look Up.
DIVING INTO CULTURE
But what has The Deep got to do with City of Culture we hear you ask? Well, here is just a taster of what 2017 holds for us at Hull's award-winning aquarium.
We are involved in a series of new artworks, located at or close to The Deep inspiring you to look up from your phone and take in the sights around you.
The Deep has invested significant funds and partnered with Hull 2017 to deliver a series of new and exciting artworks as part of the phenomenal Look Up programme, which is designed to challenge people's perceptions of Hull and offer different ways to experience the city. This year long programme of artists' works have been made specifically for Hull's public places and spaces and will be focused on the marine environment.
A multi-sensory coming-of-age, supernatural thriller, this is a ground-breaking, world first theatre experience, told through live theatre and 360 degree Virtual Reality. Frogman blurs the boundaries between reality and fiction, the physical and the virtual. It will be performed to an audience of 30, who will each be given a VR headset to experience new ways into storytelling in a theatre environment. In association with Brisbane Powerhouse and with guidance from The Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
ERNST HAECKEL (on show September and October)
A series of extraordinary images by German Biologist, Ernst Haeckel will go on show at The Deep from 1 September. This is the first time Haeckel’s work has been showcased in a public gallery in the UK since his death in 1919.
Haeckel was a German Biologist, who discovered and named thousands of new species. In 1899 he began to publish a series of extraordinary images that changed the way we viewed the relationship between Art and Science. He also coined many biological terms that we use today – phylogeny, phylum and stem cell – the most notable being the word ecology.
100 of his images were put together to create 10 volumes of Art Forms of Nature. Many of the organisms included within these collections were first described and classified by Haeckel himself. This stunning combination remains, to this day, an astounding record of life on earth.
These images have been reproduced with the cooperation of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London) Library, which houses a wide range of modern and historic books on the subjects of animals and their conservation, along with a huge catalogue of journals and magazines, the ZSL archives, zoo-related ephemera and unique artworks.
Haeckel’s work will be on display in The Deeps 3rd floor gallery from 1 September until late October.
These images have been reproduced with the generous co-operation of the ZSL (Zoological Society of London Library). They hold a unique collection of journals and book on animal’s conservation, along with zoo-related ephemera and unique artworks.
ALEXANDER REICHARDT (on November and December)
Reichardt's compelling imagery is based strongly on the motif of the fish as the all-encompassing symbol of the sea and its fruitfulness. His exquisite fish designs feature on the ceramic and porcelain work of Bolesch and are incorporated into artefacts of luminous beauty that include silver jewellery, Naxian marble, brass, wood, and lithographs.
From his earliest years, Alexander Reichardt has engaged with the sea in every way and most intensely through scuba diving, a pursuit that has invested his art with its unique aesthetic. Such close engagement has also imbued him with a profound sympathy for the marine environment in general and his engagement with marine conservation is expressed through his close association with the Cousteau Divers.
Thus, respect for the sea, for its beauty and its danger, defines Alexander Reichardt's aesthetic and ethical view of the marine environment. He believes that the rich diversity of the Mediterranean that has captivated him from his earliest years has been greatly diminished in his own lifetime. His artistry and his beautiful images are a celebration of that diversity and reflect also a powerful plea for its recovery and restoration.