I’ve compiled a short guide to February’s main events, exhibitions and installations so you don’t have to. Here’s what’s going on in the UK City of Culture in February 2017, ordered by date. This month includes the opening of Humber Street Gallery, a whole lot of music, a Cyber Film Festival with an impressive line up, and Back to Ours, a festival which will be held in various locations around Hull, taking the festivities to the local communities. I hope you find this guide useful if you live in the city or are planning a trip to visit, or maybe it will inspire you to go and give Hull a chance.
CONTINUING EXHIBITIONS AND INSTALLATIONS:
- Hull Charters (until 24 Feb)
- Lines of Thought (until 28 Feb)
- Open Exhibition (until 12 March)
- Blade (until 18 March)
- Bowhead (until 19 March)
- Pietro Lorenzetti (until 23 April)
- Francis Bacon: Screaming Popes (until 1 May)
- Ferens: Hull’s Philanthropist (until 31 Dec)
See Hull 2017: What’s On in January for details.
The following list does not include SOLD OUT events (as of 26 Jan).
Until 12 Feb @ Hull International Photography Gallery (Free)
Documents the range of people that occupy the taxi space.
Until 28 Feb @ The Deep (Free)
Born in Hull, Barker is a photographic artist whose work focuses on marine plastic debris, raising awareness of the pollution of the oceans and its effect on marine life and us.
Opens 3 Feb
This new contemporary art gallery in the cultural quarter of the Fruit Market will showcase forward-thinking exhibitions and contemporary arts ‘from the shocking to the sublime and all points in between’.
3 Feb – 22 Mar @ Humber Street Gallery (Free)
In this exhibition three sculptures depicting female figures by British artist Sarah Lucas will be displayed. They will be ‘set in a powerful dialogue with the exhibition COUM Transmissions‘, curated by Cabinet Gallery and Cosey Fanni Tutti.
3 Feb – 22 Mar @ Humber Street Gallery (Free)
‘Founded in Hull during the late 1960s by artists Genesis P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti, COUM Transmissions was a collective whose work confronted, subverted and challenged societal conventions.’ See the first exhibition of materials showing the life of COUM, taken from personal archives. There will also be live events involving music and discussions with original members.
See above link for list of events.
Exhibition contains explicit content. Not suitable for young children.
4 Feb 7:45pm @ Middleton Hall, The University of Hull (£5-14)
Performing a programme ‘which harks back to traditional and folk music’ Pianist Libby and violinist Fenella’s recital will include works by Bartok and Stravinsky and a performance of Beethoven’s Sonata no. 10 in G major.
6:30pm @ Middleton Hall (Free)
- 8 Feb: Mark Babych and Richard Bean
- Discussing their careers and their new project, The Hypocrite at Hull Truck Theatre, are award-winning theatre director Mark Babych and Richard Bean, an acclaimed Hull-born playwright. They are joined by Erica Whyman, RSC Deputy Artistic Director.
- 15 Feb: Stuart Pearson-Wright
- Artist and BP Portrait Award winner.
9 Feb 5pm @ Middleton Hall (£4-8)
An evening with one of the world’s best classical guitarists. Yang is the first internationally recognised Chinese guitarist.
10 – 14 Feb @ Middleton Hall, The University of Hull
This festival, organised by Simon Willmetts, one of my American Studies lecturers, offers a fantastic line up of films exploring digital technology’s role in shaping our lives and society. The five-day festival is being held in the impressive, newly refurbished Middleton Hall at the university, making use of the big screen and full surround sound. The accompanying panels and Q&As sound fascinating, there is even one with an ex-MI5 agent. Get yourselves there, it promises to be a one-of-a-kind event!
- 10 Feb 7pm: Ex Machina (Panel: Dystopias Today: Imagining Our Virtual Futures in a Post-Orwellian World – 6pm)
- 11 Feb 2pm: 2001: A Space Odyssey (Panel – TBC)
- 12 Feb 2pm: A Good American (Panel: Ex-MI5 Agent and Whistleblower Annie Machon Q&A – 4pm)
- 12 Feb 5pm: Snowden
- 13 Feb 7pm: Lo and Behold: Reveries of the Connected World (Panel: Privacy and Surveillance in a Digital Age – 6pm)
- 14 Feb 7pm: Her (Panel: Rise of the Machines: Artificial Intelligence and Us – 6pm)
See all six films for only £20!
11 Feb – 22 Apr @ Beverley Art Gallery (Free)
Take a day trip out of Hull to explore the lovely market town of Beverley, not too far away from the city. While there make sure you see this exhibition on loan from the Natural History Museum in London. The exhibition showcases 100 of the most fascinating, breathtaking photographs of animals and wild landscapes.
15 Feb 7:30pm @ Hull City Hall (£18-26)
‘The Never Ending Nightmare’ is the Circus of Horrors’ latest incarnation as they celebrate their 21st anniversary this year. They have travelled all over the world to perform, made the finals of Britain’s Got Talent and have made festival appearances with acts including as Oasis and Eminem. This unique and wacky circus show is described as an ‘amazing amalgamation of bizarre, brave & beautiful acts all woven into a Alice in Horrorland type story’.
Unsuitable for children.
16 Feb 5pm (£5-14)
Baritone Roderick Williams, together with renowned pianist Christopher Glynn, will perform Schubert’s Wintererreise.
17 Feb 7:30pm – 11pm @ Fruit, Humber Street (£15)
Visit Fruit to see Space, a band who have sold over 2 million albums worldwide. Their sound is a ‘mish-mash of SKA, Punk and the classic Space sound’ according to lead singer Tommy Scott.
17 – 19 Feb @ Hull City Hall (£6-£20)
A music festival celebrating the life of Basil Kirchin, a post-war music genius from Hessle Road. See link above for details and individual events.
22 – 25 Feb @ Various Locations (from £2.50)
This festival takes the City of Culture events to other areas of Hull, to the local communities. It will feature a range of events and acts in various locations, from big names to local talent. There will be comedy, music, dance, theatre, film, circus and cabaret. See above link for list of events around the city. Suitable for everyone.
23 Feb 7:45pm @ Middleton Hall (£5-14)
This wind quintet will perform arrangements by Mozart, Faure and Debussy.
24 Feb 1pm @ Middleton Hall (£4-8)
In this family-friendly programme, featuring musical stories such as Opus Number Zoo, actor Simon Callow narrates classical music presented by the New London Chamber Ensemble.
24 Feb – 18 Mar @ Hull Truck Theatre (£2-22.50)
A comedy play by Hull-born Richard Bean.
25 Feb 7:30pm @ Hull City Hall (£8-15.50)
With a new piece for the City of Culture, this classical symphonic programme will feature the City Hall Organ and the Philharmonic Orchestra.
Saint-Saens Symphony No 3: The Organ Symphony
Piano Soloist: Martin Roscoe
Organist: Jonathan Scott
Conductor: Andrew Penny
THINGS TO DO AND SEE ALL YEAR:
1 Jan – 31 Dec (various locations)
Catch a film you’d not usually be able to see in mainstream cinemas with Hull Independent Cinema. Link to their upcoming events above.
2 Jan – 31 Dec (various locations) (Free)
Bringing art out of the gallery space and onto the streets, onto billboards to be exact. Every four weeks 13 billboards will be ‘transformed into platforms for artistic excellence’ with accompanying cultural events at these sites.