Sea of Hull and Ron Mueck – a review

Coming out of the baby change, tucked away in the back of Ferens Art Gallery last week, I noticed the nearest gallery door was blacked out and featured a warning of nudity. Having come to see Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull exhibition, I assumed I was in the right place and pushed it open. What … Continue reading Sea of Hull and Ron Mueck – a review

Modern art, done the Hull way

When I opened Twitter one day in January and found that the City of Culture team had spent the night hauling a full size wind turbine propeller blade across the city, moving lampposts and traffic lights to suspend the thing in the city centre, I have to admit I did the whole 'bollocks to modern … Continue reading Modern art, done the Hull way

Made in Hull – the first week of culture

If you missed last week’s blog, I wrote about my personal goals to inject some culture into my life as my city celebrates finally getting to flaunt its City of Culture status. The first week saw over 342,000 visitors come to check out Hull's opening exhibition, Made in Hull. I think I probably chose the … Continue reading Made in Hull – the first week of culture

Let’s go get cultured

New year's resolutions? Sure. More water, running, fewer takeaways, etc, etc. All the usual stuff, but that's boring, predictable, and more than likely, destined to fail, because who really wants less pizza in their life? Resolutions are for early January, but I believe in adapting a new approach to life at any given moment. There … Continue reading Let’s go get cultured

Don’t cry, don’t hate. Read this and be better than them. 

​At 5.30am today I checked Twitter. Nobody was being very coherent, but I remember one tweet: “When are they going to just declare it for him?” HIM? Oh no, this isn't right. My half asleep state failed to navigate the facts at that time, and I convinced myself to get some more sleep. I slept, … Continue reading Don’t cry, don’t hate. Read this and be better than them. 

Replace your failed New Year’s resolutions with creative aims this year

Five days into the new year should be enough for most people to recognise that their resolutions aren’t working, and more often than not it’s because they’re about giving something up. By aiming to achieve something by the end of the year instead, we’re less likely to fail and, well, frankly, more likely to remember … Continue reading Replace your failed New Year’s resolutions with creative aims this year

What makes art, art?

As I write this I’m sat in a café looking at some local art on the wall priced for sale at £220. It’s approximately the size of two A3 sheets of paper (in fact, it may be two A3 sheets of paper as there’s a suspicious seam down the middle), and pretty as it is, … Continue reading What makes art, art?

Stitch Education is launching in Hull

The news is out! As of September this year, I’ll officially be launching Stitch Education, a new course for schools which will see creativity being celebrated through arts and storytelling. I spoke to Laura O'Donnell, who runs Really Hull, to tell her about the project. You can see the original article here: http://www.reallyhull.com/2015/06/11/people-laura-smith-stitch-education/ We caught … Continue reading Stitch Education is launching in Hull

BBC collaborations and cultural debate – What Next?

By far the best thing to have come out of freelancing is the amount of people I get to meet on the local creative scene. Every meeting brings more introductions to people passionate about what they do, and even better, passionate about Hull 2017. I’ve mentioned in my blog before now the ‘why wait’ approach … Continue reading BBC collaborations and cultural debate – What Next?

You’ve changed

20 November 2013. I’m getting into the car around 7.45am to go to work and have the radio on, waiting for the engine to warm up. The radio is being broadcast live from Hull Truck Theatre, where hundreds of people are gathered, and have been since the earliest of hours, waiting for an announcement. It … Continue reading You’ve changed