Hull 2017: What’s On in March (10th onwards)

I’ve compiled a short guide to March’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 March 2017, ordered by date. This month includes WOW Hull (Women of the World), ReRooted, the Heads Up Festival and a trio of operas!

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.


The following list is for events and exhibitions that run from 10 March onwards. It does not include SOLD OUT events as of 10 March. If you think I’ve missed anything off please let me know so I can add it to the list.

Marine Art: Nick O’Neill

1 Mar-30 April @ The Deep

A look at British Artist, Nick O’Neill’s contemporary marine and wildlife art. Nick uses unique materials and techniques to ‘bring the sea to life in new and exciting ways not seen before in the art world.’

Three Ships Exhibition

2 Mar-28 Apr @ Hull Maritime Museum (Free)

An exhibition of 9 textile and mixed media artists who have been inspired by Hull’s seafaring past. There will be a focus on three ships which all have a relationship to Hull, the Resolution, the Morning and the Viola.

The Night Season by Rebecca Lenkiewicz

2-25 Mar @ East Riding Theatre

Directed by Adrian Rawlins is ‘The Night Season’ by Rebecca Lenkiewicz. ‘The Night Season is a funny, modern and intoxicating tale of loves, losses and misdemeanours.’

See link for more details. Contains strong language. 12+

Between The Lines

3-25 Mar @ Studio Eleven (Free)

This exhibition brings together the work of Jenny and Geoff Morton who lived in La Selva Beach on the Monterey Bay in California for nearly ten years. Their work is influenced by the beauty but also the contrasts of this area, including those between surfing culture and agriculture. Their work also explores their position as immigrants.

Ceramics by Jenny Morton, paintings by Geoff Morton.

The Female Gaze

3-25 Mar @ Kingston Art Group Gallery (Free)

Celebrating some of the city’s female artists, the Kingston Art Group are holding not only an exhibition but a series of free events to show that women and girls can have ambition and achieve their goals. This is in response to the struggle female artists face in having their work exhibited as ‘the average representation of female artists at galleries in Europe is a feeble 22%.’

Art From The Tenfoot

6-31 Mar @ Artlink (Free)

A series of paintings by Chrissy Collinson which explore the Tenfoots of Hull.

Heads Up Festival

8-18 Mar @ Kardomah 94 and Hull City Centre

This festival takes place twice a year and is curated by Hull-based Ensemble 52.

Heads Up is 10 days of ‘the best new work across theatre, dance, comedy, music and audio performance, from the most innovative and thrilling artists.’ In various locations including Kardomah 94 and around the city centre. See link above for details.

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WOW Hull (Women of the World)

10-12 Mar @ Hull City Hall & other venues

‘WOW is a festival of talks, debates, music, film, comedy and activism that celebrates women and girls and takes a frank look at what stops them from achieving their potential.’ Since WOW’s founding in London at the Southbank Centre, it has gone global and has travelled to five continents, Hull is the latest city to host. It is a celebration of equality. The festival takes place around the city in various locations.

WOW Day Pass tickets are available for purchase. See link for list of events.

Inspired by Nature

10 Mar – 1 Apr @ Gallery Forty-Nine (Free)

Presented by the Pleasely Art Explorers, this is a mixed media exhibition of a group of 6 artists. The exhibition includes original paintings, drawings and prints.

Ethel Leginska: The Musical Pioneer Exhibition

10-12 Mar @ Ferens Studio (Free)

An exhibition about a forgotten trailblazer, Ethel Leginska, who was born in Hull and ‘paved the way for women all over the world to find a place on the professional conducting podium’.

Hallé Orchestra

16 Mar @ Hull City Hall (£5-28)

Manchester’s award winning symphony orchestra returns to Hull with MAHLER Symphony No.4. Opening with Johann Strauss’ waltz, The Blue Danube and a selection of songs by Richard Strauss.

Ryan Wigglesworth conductor

Elizabeth Watts soprano

STRAUSS II Waltz: ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube’
R STRAUSS Orchestral Songs

MAHLER Symphony No. 4

Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars: A Film Retrospective

17 Mar 6:30pm @ Hull Truck Theatre (£6-7)

A series of screenings and talks celebrating the impact of what is arguably Hull’s most important musical export – David Bowie’s band The Spiders From Mars, particularly the legacy of guitarist Mick Ronson.

La Boheme

21 Mar @ Hull City Hall (£12.50-33)

Ellen Kent directs the famous romantic opera, La Bohéme. See above link for more details.


22 Mar @ Hull City Hall (£12.50-33)

Also directed by Ellen Kent, Nabucco is a new production of the first opera she ever produced. See above link for more details.


23 Mar 7:30pm @ Hull City Hall (£12.50-33)

Another Ellen Kent production, this time a new interpretation of the classic opera, Aida. The opera will have international soloists, Olga Perrier and Liza Kadelnik and a highly praised chorus and full orchestra.



24-26 Mar @ Humber Street Gallery (Free)

The two-day live and media arts festival ReROOTed will take over place in the city’s new contemporary art gallery. It will include ‘interventions, performances, installations and conversations, reflecting on the legacy of the former commissioning agency, Hull Time Based Arts (HTBA) and 10 years of the Running Out Of Time (ROOT) Festival.’ The festival will encourage us to think about our capacity for change and ‘the possibilities that sprout as we re-root, transplant and grow.’ See above link for more details of individual events.


Hull City of Cinema

24-26 Mar @ Middleton Hall

This three-day event including screenings, Q&As, presentations and masterclasses at the University of Hull will celebrate Hull’s film heritage, its filmmakers, television makers and cinemas, past, present and future. See link for more details.

Paul Smith to J.K. Rowling: BP Portrait Award Commissions from the National Portrait Gallery

29 Mar-11 Jun @ Exhibition Hall, Brynmor Jones Library (Free)

Following the impressive ‘Lines of Thought’ exhibition, ‘Paul Smith to J.K. Rowling’ shows some of the best portraits in contemporary portraiture. The selection includes portraits of famous cultural figures and shows ‘the diversity, creativity and vision of a group of people who have shaped Britain today.’

Under the Skin: London Sinfonietta conducted by Mica Levi

31 Mar 7:30pm @ Middleton Hall (£10-20)

This screening of the sci-fi film, Under The Skin (2014) is combined with a live performance of the BAFTA-nominated score composed by Mica Levi, performed by the London Sinfonietta and conducted by Levi.


Hull Independent Cinema 

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.

I Wish To Communicate With You

18 Jan-31 Dec @ Thornton Estate (Free)

Italian artist Silvio Palladino’s vision is brought to life by international lighting consultant James Bawn and the people of Hull. Residents will introduce a splash of colour to their homes, creating a large-scale light installation.

The City Speaks

2 Feb – 31 Dec @ Fruit Market/Tidal Barrier

This installation by Michael Pinsky translates and projects your spoken words onto the city’s tidal barrier. Go and have your say at the steel lectern on the quayside of Humber Dock Street and have it projected on the tidal barrier for all to see. #thecityspeaks



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