Hull International Photography (HIP) Gallery has opened in Hull’s Princes Quay Shopping Centre. On Friday 5th December at 6.30pm, HIP filled up with people and the Lord Mayor of Kingston upon Hull, Councillor Mary Glew, cut the ribbon.
The first exhibition is by international photographer Fred Trobrillant. Fred’s stand out work spontaneously captures his surroundings. He lives in Montpellier, France, but his photography has taken him far and wide. Darren Squires, Creative Director explained, “We are delighted to launch the gallery with Fred Trobrillant’s outstanding work. He was first recommended to us by a friend and colleague who works for Arte, the Franco-German arts TV channel. Fred has the ability to recognise and capture a moment that would have passed, before most of us had managed to get a camera up to our faces.”
The HIP Gallery and HIP Studio behind are now open every afternoon, free entry.
The launch evening featured The Changing Face of Hull project with Quentin Budworth. Offering a chance to participate in a photography workshop and portrait sitting the new HIP Studio. Quentins said: ‘Many thanks to Alan Raw and all at The Creative & Cultural company for letting us run the Changing Face workshop at HIP’s opening on friday evening – what a wonderful and well attended event – in an excellent space! An International Photographer’s Gallery in Hull is a fantastic contribution to the cultural life of the city – the studio, workshop and dark room spaces are an excellent resource for photographers working in the city’. Quentin Budworth – Changing Face Of Hull Project – http://thechangingface.org
Live music at the launch came from nextdoor in POP with Edina Molnar singing her French repertoire to an appreciative audience.
Photography enthusiasts of all ages are now visiting the gallery which hosts high quality international photography exhibitions in an accessible space in the city centre. There will also be on going opportunities for local photographers to use the gallery’s resources –both digital and dark room – to develop their photography skills. Following the success of the first Hull International Photography Festival, HIP Fest, in June this year, HIP Gallery is a year round base to view and enjoy photography. Hull based Festival Sponsors G. F Smith have been instrumental in developing the gallery and with their support, next year’s HIP Fest has already gained international interest and will take place in October 2015. G. F Smith have been providing the creative world with inspiration since 1885 and have a high regard for the local photography community.
Alan Raw , Chief Executive Officer of the Creative and Cultural Company explained, “It was clear from the success of HIP Fest 2014 that Hull appreciates the art of photography. Now the HIP Gallery is a place to access world class works and get involved in photography all year round.”
Creative and Cultural Company Creative and Cultural Company http://www.creativeandcultural.com/
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HIP Gallery Hull International Photography Festival
Changing Face of Hull http://thechangingface.org/
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