The Story So Far…

open ex window at popOriginally set up as a social enterprise, we applied for charitable status in October 2014. We now have a board of trustees and so it is a good time to reflect on our milestones so far (November 2014).

Our Aims are

  • To create opportunities for the public to participate and engage in the arts.
  • To support artists to develop an audience for their works and share their skills.
  •  To make contemporary art accessible to everyone.

pop cafeWe Offer
 A welcoming space to experience creative arts
 An opportunity for artists to participate, develop and exhibit their work
 An inspiring place to visit, socialise, have a coffee, bring your lunch
 To enable contemporary art rather than gate keep

POP (Pride Of Place) Arts Space  POP opened on 28th February 2014 in Princes Quay shopping centre. There were over 2000 visits in the first week with 29000 visits to November 2014. Over 200 artists exhibited in the first nine months. POP is the UK home of The Freedom Flame.

February 2014 – Art space launch and first exhibition
March 2014 – Earth theme
May 2014 – Freedom Flame welcome, parade, exhibitions and installations
June 2014 – Yorkshire Music Industry Photography Competition and Exhibition
June 2014 – Hull International Photography Festival
July 2014 – 4ourth4loor Independent album launch
July 2014 – Independent book launch
August 2014 – Independent themed exhibition
September 2014 – reCOGnition Festival inc. 5 album launches and lindyhop dance
September 2014 – POP Out Festival at Cornucopia curated by Debi Keable
November 2014 – POP Open First open exhibition and launch
November 2014 – Jack Frost Carnival Parade Installation

Creative and Cultural Gallery
Harbour Deck, Princes Quay Pop up art space open March – October 2014
Exhibitions and events:
March 2014 – Geoff Keen Retrospective
June 2014 – Hull International Photography Festival (annual Festival in October from 2015)
July 2014 – Illustration exhibition
September 2014 – reCOGnition Festival
October 2014 – Scare Vault, Student Fest and Dr Simpo’s pop up shop

Hull International Photography (HIP) Gallery
Upper Deck, Princes Quay December 2014 – Launch of HIP Gallery and first international exhibition Fred Trobrillant (France)

Glitch Studio (Art Studio)
Harbour Deck, Princes Quay June 2014 – Characters built for Freedom Flame celebrations
June 2014 – World Drumming Network event
November 2014 – Jack Frost carnival installation built for Christmas parade, commissioned by Princes Quay

POP Out Off Site Activities June 2014 – City of Culture Celebration Event POP Stage in Princes Quay
September 2014 – POP Out Exhibition at Cornucopia Festival

Hull International Photography Festival (HIP Fest) June 2014 – First HIP Fest programme including: Hull 70th Anniversary of D-Day, Photographic Exhibition with the Freedom Flame; Music Photography Exhibition with Music Industry Yorkshire; Hull School of Art & Design Photography students degree show; Heritage Collection by Innes Photography – Hull through the years 40s to 70s; International exhibition by François Brunelle (Montréal, Canada) and a programme of workshops.  Festival to be held annually in October from 2015.

Festival Collaborations
 Cornucopia Festival launched at Pop – March 2014
 Hull International Photography Festival (HIP Fest) – June 2014
 Freedom Festival celebration and stage – September 2014
 recognition Festival – September 2014

Groups Engaged
Groups worked with include: National Embroiders’ Guild, Judy’s Attic, ArtLink, Red Gallery, IOTA Arts, Kingston Art Group (KAG), The Contingent, The Warren, Hall Road Primary School, Bishop Burton College, Hull School of Art and Design Alumni, reCOGnition, Hull Community Voices, Smash it Up, Freedom Chorus, Yo Samba, Follow the Heron, Hull Knitting Circle, Focal Image, Carnival Arts, and Music Industry Yorkshire.

Workshops delivered for Hull Photography Festival by Ivor Innes, Viceversa Robbi Fotographia, Darren Rogers, David Neve, Ben O’Leary, Focal Image and Music Industry Yorkshire competition winner, Richard Duffy-Howard. Other workshops by Alison Larkman, Judy’s Attic, Iota Arts, Ben Parsons, ArtLink.

Future Plans

Watch this space!

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