A Hall for Hull. Photo by Pezo von Ellrichshausen
A Hall for Hull. Photo by Pezo von Ellrichshausen

In 2017, Hull is the UK’s City of Culture. As an international partner for the festival, the British Council is creating new connections and ideas through arts, culture and education in Hull.

Tell the World, the fourth and final season, runs from October to December 2017 and has an exciting line-up of British Council programmes, from spoken word to public art, virtual reality to singing in schools.

A Hall for Hull

The British Council has supported the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Hull 2017 to commission A Hall For Hull in the heart of Hull City Centre. 

Designed by Chile-based architects Pezo von Ellrichshausen and Swiss artist Felice Varini, A Hall for Hull is an ambitious temporary outdoor structure that transforms Trinity Square. The installation is comprised of 16 galvanized steel columns arranged in a grid formation in front of Hull Minster to highlight the symmetry of its facade.  

Visitors to the installation will be able to inhabit each of the six-metre-high columns and experience varying light conditions created by perforations in the steel skin. The rigid geometry of the columns will be carefully distorted and redefined by the artwork of Varini, who explores the illusions of geometry through eye-deceiving photographic techniques, together with the tradition of pictorial representation. 

The project has been developed through an invited competition for an architectural and artistic collaboration, with a brief to create a temporary intervention designed specifically for Trinity Square. Hull 2017 and RIBA have been working closely with Hull Minster to develop the project.

World Voice Residency

Classroom singing brings the world into Hull.

Hull schoolchildren will experience the joy of singing and improve their learning through music during October 2017, as part of the British Council’s World Voice residency in more than 50 schools in England.

The project helps children explore identity and culture, supported by Arts Council England. More than 55 schools and over 3,100 pupils are taking part.

Up to 20 World Voice Master Trainers from around the world will travel to the UK to collaborate with local teachers, music educators and UK-based World Voice trainers. The international visitors will run workshops in schools and communities, sharing musical knowledge and experience of music education with children and teachers.

World Voice in Hull is working with Hull Music Service.

The Tool Appreciation Society

A major new exhibition from artist Linda Brothwell for Hull City of Culture 2017, at the Central Library 27 September 2017 - 10 February 2018.

The Tool Appreciation Society is dedicated to makers and their tools – the tools which serve their craft, their master, their tradition and their community. This exhibition from artist Linda Brothwell for Hull Culture and Leisure Library Services explores the significance of craft skills and tools, illustrating their value to our social, cultural and economic development.

Inspired by the heritage and workers of Hull and the wider world, The Tool Appreciation Society exhibition presents tools made by Brothwell, as she pays tribute to skilled crafts people – from Hull and South Korea to Sheffield, Liverpool and Lisbon. Alongside her tools are the historic tools and stories of the crafts people of Hull.

The artist is also showing tools she has crafted as part of this project in the UK Pavilion exhibition, Form + Motion, at the Cheongju Craft Biennale, inspired by Korean crafts people and their tools.

Produced by Thirteen Ways, The Tool Appreciation Society has been supported by the British Council alongside Hull Culture and Leisure Library Services, Arts Council England, the BBC and the Cheongju Craft Biennale.

The Tool Appreciation Society took place from the 27 September 2017 to 10 February 2018 at the Central Library, Hull.

A Colossal Wave!

Witness an explosion of colour after a real ball is thrown from a great height and hits the ground to create a huge virtual wave in this transatlantic collaboration.

A Colossal Wave! is a new public artwork celebrating the occasion of Montreal’s 375th anniversary, and the Hull UK City of Culture celebrations. 

A collaboration between two countries and the creative scenes of both cities, Marshmallow Laser Feast are collaborating with teams of local artists and organisations to realise a new kinetic VR installation in which real-world and virtual actions merge.  

In a public installation audiences will witness an explosion of colour after a real ball is thrown from a great height and hits the ground to create a huge virtual wave. Meanwhile in a nearby gallery participants are invited to explore the work’s virtual world from another perspective, in an installation where you use your voice to generate live art in VR.

Commissioned by the British Council, in collaboration with the Quartier des Spectacles Partnership and Hull UK City of Culture 2017, with the support of the GREAT Britain campaign, the Canadian High Commission in the UK, the Phi Centre and the BFI Vision Awards.

Contains Strong Language

Contains Strong Language is the UK's biggest poetry festival devoted to new work. It features 17 new commissions spanning grime, spoken word and page poetry and is committed to representing the diversity of poetry performance in the UK. Taking place from National Poetry Day on 28 September to 1 October 2017, the festival, which is produced by BBC Radio, presented over 50 events across eight venues in Hull, and was broadcast on BBC TV and Radio.

As one of the partners of the festival, the British Council is supporting international projects showcased at Contains Strong Language, including:

Talking Doorsteps

Talking Doorsteps is a spoken word exchange project that explores the idea of ‘home’ by connecting young poets and filmmakers from across the globe and sharing their work digitally with audiences worldwide.

For Hull 2017, The Roundhouse, Wrecking Ball Press and the Bocas Lit Fest have teamed up with the British Council and the BBC. Over the course of three workshops in Port of Spain (Trinidad and Tobago), Hull (UK) and London (UK), the next generation of spoken word artists from the Caribbean and the UK have learnt from one another and developed new work which was presented at Contains Strong Language.

Talking Doorsteps featured on BBC radio and at a live showcase at Hull’s Kardomah94 on Saturday 30 September. In addition, poetry films from the Talking Doorsteps workshops screened at a live event in Hull on 29 September and is available to watch on BBC online.

The Talking Doorsteps Showcase took place at 11:30am on 30 September at Kardomah94, Hull 

The Talking Doorsteps poetry film screening took place at 6:00pm on 29 September at Früit, Hull 

Poetry from Poland

The British Council is delighted to be collaborating with Hull City of Culture and the Polish Book Institute to support the presence of two Polish poets at Contains Strong Language.

Weronika Lewandowska and Wojciech Cichońin travelled to Hull to perform their poetry alongside Bohdan Piasecki at the festival on 29 September.

The poets also featured on BBC radio and delivered workshops with the Polish community in Hull as part of Hull City of Culture’s Hull Gada project.

Poetry From Poland took place at Kardoma94 on 29 September at 2:30pm

Details of the Hull Gada project can be found on the website of Hull City of Culture 

Find out more about the Hull UK City of Culture programme

A Colossal Wave! ©

Image courtesy Marshmallow Laser Feast