Polish Exhibition Launch at Hull International Photography Gallery

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Photography by Norbert Pietraszek

Polski Punkt Widzenia (A Polish Point of View) 

We are delighted to launch a new international exhibition of photography Polski Punkt Widzenia (A Polish Point of View) – at HIP (Hull International Photography) Gallery, Upper Deck, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull, on Friday 3rd July 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. The exhibition is free entry and will be open until 18th September.

This exciting exhibition showcases the work of five Polish photographers:
Dorota Kozerska
Adrian Markiewicz
Norbert Pietraszek
Agnieszka Szczurowska
Dr Gabriela Buzek-Garzyńska

Professor Joseph Carby-Hall, Polish Hon. Consul at the Consulate of the Republic of Poland and its Branch for Scientific and Educational co-operation said “This exhibition, which aims to develop cultural links between Hull and the rest of the world, is a result of our work with the Creative and Cultural Gateway and illustrates the work of Polish photographers living and working in Poland as part of the Polish Diaspora.

Darren Squires (Projects Director at The Creative and Cultural Co.) said:
“We are indebted to both the Polish Consulate in Hull and the Polish Community Centre for their help and support in creating this exhibition and within The Creative and Cultural Gateway as a whole.”

After the launch, the exhibition can be seen at the HIP Gallery daily 12 noon until 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon until 4 pm on Sundays.


Creative and Cultural Company Donation Box Competition

Can you make a donation box for the Pop Art Space?

We are running a competition to design and make a donation box to be used in Pop (Pride of Place) Art Space in Princes Quay Shopping Centre. The competition is open to everyone and can be on any theme. Any medium or materials may be used. We are looking for something as interactive as possible, so use plenty of imagination when creating your design.

The winning entry and all runners up will be used in the galleries, and your box will be on public display in one of the Creative and Cultural art spaces.

The first prize winner will be a Pop VIP which means you will be a special guest at a future exhibition launch (with complimentary cocktail). You will win a free HIP Fest passport (providing entry to Hull International Photography Festival events). You can also have complimentary entry (with no submission fee) for up to five submissions at a suitable future exhibition. Please note that all entries are subject to the usual curators’ committee selection process.

Deadline – Finished entries should be submitted to the Pop Art Space, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull HU1 2PQ by 5pm Friday 31st July 2015. For more information, or if you wish to discuss your design with us prior to the closing date please call into Pop any afternoon. We are open 12 noon – 5 pm Monday to Saturday and 12 noon – 4 pm Sunday. Or you can email us at admin@creativeandcultural.com

The Creative and Cultural Curators’ Committee will select the winning entries. Curators are not excluded from entering the competition, but would not take part in the selection process if they have entered.

Pop Art Space is run by the Creative & Cultural Company. We are a not for profit arts development organisation based in Hull UK. We manage art spaces, galleries, studios, stages, theatre spaces & rehearsal rooms, and deliver various exhibitions and events.

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.

Good luck!

The Open Culture First Exhibition

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Showcasing the work of Frank A Rinehart

The public are invited to a historic exhibition of photography, launching at HIP (Hull International Photography) Gallery, Upper Deck, Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull, on Friday 1st May 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm. The exhibition is suitable for photography lovers of all ages and is free of charge.

frank rinehartIn 1898 Frank A Rinehart was commissioned to make portraits of the tribal leaders attending the Indian Congress taking place in Omaha.

In the following 2 years he travelled the country visiting Native American reservations and photographing those leaders who had not attended the Congress, as well recording other aspects of life for the Indigenous American peoples.

This collection is widely considered to be the finest of its kind from this period; it is believed to be responsible for changing the European American view of the indigenous population.

The works represent a step change in both photography and ethno-photography.

Darren Squires (Projects Coordinator at Creative and Cultural Co.) said: “Looking at these portraits, it is difficult to believe that we are separated from the sitters by more than a century. There is an immediacy and humanity that belies their age.”

After the launch, the exhibition can be seen at the HIP Gallery daily 12 noon until 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon until 4 pm on Sundays.

Why is it called the Open Culture First Exhibition?

Alan Raw (CEO of Creative and Cultural Co.) explained: “There is a vast amount of culture that is free and accessible, either because it has fallen into the public domain or because the artist has decided to forego their copyright, and to open up the work to be used with little or no restrictions.

Art that is free is not art that is worthless. Like all art it’s true value lies in what it adds to the culture stock and how it enhances the individual.

Artists decide to free their art for a variety of reasons; for the public good, because they have found another way to earn money from the art or because they fear obscurity more than poverty (not that many artists become wealthy through their endeavours).

Most works of art, however or why-ever they are created will eventually fall into the public realm, where they become part of our common treasury; to be used, re-purposed and disseminated for the public benefit. We owe it to those artists to make use of their work, to celebrate it and to ensure that the best of it remains a valid and valued part of our cultural heritage.”

To celebrate this, we will be hosting an Open Culture conference session at Hull International Photography Festival in October, to discuss the value of art in the public domain and the  opportunities, attitudes and issues that surround it. To start the conversations we are launching an exhibition of work by Frank A Rinehart in the HIP Gallery on Friday 1st May at 6.30pm.

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How long have the Creative and Cultural team been doing arts work together in Hull?

Alan as arts worker at KiYC

Alan lantern making 1995

So, how long have the Creative and Cultural Company’s Alan Raw (CEO), Darren Squires (Project Coordinator) Lou Duffy-Howard (Chair), Altu Collingwood (Urban Arts Curator) and Chris McKnight (Designer & Artist) been creating arts and cultural opportunities together in Hull? 

This post was sparked by Lou’s amazing post on Facebook, of photos from her years of event management in Hull. It got us thinking about how we ended up working together now at Creative and Cultural Company and all the events we’ve worked on together over the years. Many of which involved Princes Quay where we now have galleries and studios. We’ve got the team together now to write some history down. Here’s just some of the Hull events & workshops you should remember and a little bit of how we all worked together over 25 years.

Let’s start back in 90-91 when Alan worked with local bands and Amnesty International’s Martin Foreman to bring back Rock against Racism to Hull. The events were held at the Tower and Hull Uni Union Bar. There are only a few of the posters left. Your band may be on them.  Alan drummed in a few of them; Legislation, U4EA, Fusion & Joyrider, so soon got a crew together. Click on a poster to see the full picture and scroll through…

Through these gigs Alan met a Youth Worker called Bo Deyal and a young Graffiti Artist he was working with called Chris McKnight (Dhers). Alan completed his Youth Arts Training whilst working with them both at Amy Johnson Youth Centre as the Arts Team. By the time he was qualified he was made worker in charge and they further developed the arts offer of the centre. Alan was living in the communal 18 Hutt Street with excellent Comic Artist & Musician Simon Crook, who trained with him in Youth Arts and was in the band Fusion, doing local gigs like the fabulous Rainbow Festival. Click on an image below to see the full picture and scroll through…

True Colour Arts

 In 93 Alan, Chris and Simon were encouraged and supported by Bo to start what’s now known as a social enterprise. Then did workshops as Dr Charisma’s Music Workshop & Graffiti Art as True Colour Arts. Eventually just using the TCA name for everything. TCA did loads of workshops all over the area with lots of groups.

In March 94 TCA worked with Deborah Clarke, Liz Woolmington and Ruth Drake on the excellent HU1 Arts & Culture Day in Princes Quay Shopping Centre.

Then again in October on Humberside Youth Arts Festival transforming Amy Johnson Youth Centre into AVIATOR, redesigned by the members. This made it the perfect venue for TCA’s COMSEM94 Illustrative Arts Festival, supported by Marvel & Deadline.

Creative Arts Union

By the 1995 Youth Arts Festival we had done loads of workshops, diversified into all sorts of arts and acquired some extra members on the team, as Alan was now at Humberside Uni doing Community & Youth Work. We were also faced with the problem of artists getting paid for the work they all did. So we decided to change the name of the company to the Creative Arts Union and actively support each other. We also started Prime Promotions as a booking agency. We took on various parts of the 95 Festival and co-organised the FFF Festival Final Fling at Kingston Youth Centre, where Alan was the new Arts Worker.

Vapour Festival

Also in 95 Chris’s enthusiasm for Graffiti Art and Alan’s involvement in HIP HOP as a drummer and DJ, gave them the motivation and contacts to pull in the great and the good for a festival. They chose Kingston as Alan worked there, the walls were not bad and it’s city central. Liz Woolmington was running KYC and shared the enthusiasm. So Vapour Festival was born. The show attracted some great artists, dancers, bands and photographers, many of which have gone on to have amazing careers. Altu Colingwood, Si2, Paris, Redeye Feenix, Xenz, Pinky, Remi/Rough, Mac1, Pryme, Rota1, MrZee and many more. Vapour became one of the UK’s premier Graffiti festivals and ran for 10 years 1995 to 2005 with Chris leading the team. Have a look through this gallery, just click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…

In 1997 the Council Young KUH programme asked Alan to organise a musical arts festival and music industry conference in the city centre. This was the start of IMPRO Festival (Improving Opportunities in Music) The 97 & 98 IMPRO’s were held at KYC and proved very successful.

In 1999 it was Hull700

Lou was the Hull700 Celebrations Manager and worked with dozens of community groups to celebrate with over 200 events including 700 Ideas young people’s project which culminated in the young people’s charter and Our City Our Lives annual conference run by and attended by hundreds of young people. John Peel came to the party and Alan and Lou got to show him round the city for his TV show.

Hull700 included Vapour700, where Alan & Chris did a Graffiti display for the Queen & with support from visiting Belgian Artists, we raised one million Belgian Franks to help rebuild Kosovo.

In late 1999 Alan took on the roll of Music Worker at the Warren and IMPRO moved too. The combined elements of our CAU team, the Warren team (including arts heroes Darren Squires & Chris Smith) and Lou’s crew with Richard Duffy-Howard made IMPRO 2000 a major event over 3 days and nights in Hull City Hall & Victoria Square. Scroll through gallery here…

In 2000 we morphed Prime Promotions Artist Agency & CAU into Tall Orders Arts & Media

With Alan as CEO of Tall Orders, the multi talented Darren Squires joined in and delivered workshops and managed projects for Tall Orders, whilst freelancing and teaching for Hull College and Hull schools. Tall Orders was developing in 4 directions;

  • Carnival Arts with processions and street circus, in partnership with The Grinigogs (Quentin Budworth & Amanda Lowe)
  • Festival Events, Projects & Workshops,
  • Media with video/radio production and Camera Skills. Including OCN courses for BBC Learn Xpress, & BBC CITZN H (we made 80 Short Films for BBCi), Production & Location Management for BBC2 My Life As A Child and we made Music Videos that are still showing on MTV.
  • Music Work, world music/drumming/fare trade of drums, music Industry conferences and music festivals.

Have a look through the gallery here…

Alan started Alan Raw Arts & Media to manage his BBC commitments and music industry conference work, He also started Rawelements ltd for the world music, drumming and fare trade drums. Then Tall Orders focussed on Carnival Arts and Teaching arts & media skills.

Rawelements opened a fair trade shop in Hepworths Arcade managed by Sara Elvin-Rawe with regular show cases of crafts by local artisans and put on world music events with partners including Albemarle Music Service. Rawelements supplied Albermarle & Scrapstore with fare trade African Drums and Alan delivered their Soundbeam training service. Simon Crook, Lou, Alan and Chris Maynard trained on the Gamelan at Manchester Camerata and brought the Javanese gamelan to Hull from Indonesian called The Honorific Sea Dragon or Kyai Sri Jaladri Naga. We delivered lots of workshops and trained groups to use it. Lou composed and recorded The Gamelan Night Heron by Rich & Lou’s Loudhailer with Alan on percussion, now playing in our POP Gallery. The Gamelan is still used in Albemarle Music Centre.

Hulloween Pumpkin Parades

2002 & 2003 Tall Orders took the lead and we all worked together on Hullaween, commissioned by John Pywell through the Trinity Quarter Consortium which Rawelements was part of. Lou provided workshop space in the Learning Shop in Princes Quay. Hundreds of children made procession characters, costumes, lanterns & masks. 3000 people turned out to join the procession with Darren’s school groups of Drummers, The Grinigogs & 7 Tall Orders stilt walkers. processing to see the Tall Orders fire circus show in Trinity Square. In 2004 Hull City Council Events took over the event.

Creative Projects

In 2006 Darren started Creative Projects Ltd and lots of partnership projects followed. As Creative Projects developed workshop and project delivery very professionally. They merged equipment and resources from Tall Orders with Creative Projects and Darren did a great job of taking the lead on the workshop and project front, plus the teaching of media production, finding paid work for all of us. Many projects and events followed all over the country and plenty in Hull for all ages.

Grassroots Free Festival

Meanwhile, between 2000 and 2008 Rich and Lou Duffy-Howard teamed up with David Okwesia (Full Flava) to put on the annual Grassroots Free Festival in Pearson Park with pop out events and after-parties throughout Hull. Alan, Darren, Chris and Altu were all involved in various ways, MCing, break dancing, producing graffiti art, running the young people’s stage, you name it, we were all there! Scroll through the gallery and see who you recognise…

Meanwhile at Beverley Folk Festival

Alan was one of the founders of Beverley Folk Festival and played at the first 3 years with his fathers band. Since then he has worked on the festival every year for 32 years. Darren & Alan have both been Directors of the festival. Over the years Tall Orders ran children’s workshops and a procession. Alan trained all of the stewards. Creative Projects recorded the event for Festival TV, provided Press Liaison and ran the silent disco. Creative and Cultural wrote the environmental policy and coordinated sustainability with Alan running the Green Team for the last 3 years. We also delivered sustainability training for other festivals at Beverley, funded by Awards For All.

Creative & Cultural Gateway

7 years ago Alan & Darren started developing our partnership work in Holland & Belgium, now a multi agency project, managed by C&C and guided by the Creative & Cultural Gateway Steering Group. Benefiting numerous artists galleries and organisations in Hull. With the generous advice of Hull City Arts.

Where are we all now?

We’re still working with both Quentin Budworth and Amanda Lowe of The Grinigogs, and are delighted that Quentin launched his Changing Face of Hull project at our HIP Gallery and has taught at this week at HIPclub. Amanda is often to be seen creating works in our art studios in Princes Quay with Steve from iota visual arts. They made the amazing Jack Frost which was in the 2014 Hull Christmas Parade.

Chris McKnight was the first Artist to exhibit in our POP (Pride Of Place) Gallery and designed the logos for Creative & Cultural, POP and HIP – Hull International Photography Gallery & HIP Fest 2015. He is currently working on our Vapour retrospective with Altu.

Darren is still running Creative Projects, currently making a Culture Zone series called The Reading Room for Estuary TV and running Festival TV. He also finds time to get his fiddle out, curate shows and makes very fine cocktails for our exhibition launches.  He is a the Projects Coordinator at C&C.

Simon Crook was in POP a couple of weeks ago, showing us his latest comic art. It’s truly amazing work.

Alan still has Alan Raw Arts & Media with 2 weekly BBC radio shows on BBC Leeds & Humberside, writes the Creative & Cultural Column in HULLMAG, plays drums in Endoflevelbaddie, Verne Duels & Celtarabia and is our CEO.

Lou plays in Loudhailer Electric Company and runs Loudhailer Acoustic with Rich in Cottingham. She plays bass in Celtarabia with Alan, Quentin & Amanda and is the Creative and Cultural Co. Chair.

There’s been more since and more people who deserve name checks, but this is getting uncomfortably long now. We’ve had a new exhibition opening on the first Friday of every month in either POP or HIP since 2013. So plenty to enjoy and HIP Fest is coming up again on 2nd October.

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25 years of thanks to HULL and all who make this a City Of Culture! X

So, what’s happening next? Watch this space for the next instalment! 🙂

Land Meets Water Exhibition Launch with: Poetry & performance by Sarah Pennington & Audrey Dunne. Plus HIPclub’s 1st Photography Exhibition.


It’s nearly the first Friday of the month again (3rd April) and that means a new exhibition for The Creative and Cultural Company. Land Meets Water will run for 2 months in POP (Pride Of Place) Art Space Princes Quay. Open from 12 daily.
It would be lovely to see you at the Launch on Friday. When there will be performances by Sara Pennington & Audrey Dunne.
Audrey Dunne is going to be reading poems from her own collection, Humberlands, and also poetry from Michael Mckimm’s Fossil Sunshine, which includes poems written about the East Riding coastline.
Sarah Pennington presents:
Artwork from the ‘Revelations on The Edge’ and ‘3 Ways to Serve a Scallop’ collections – inspired by life in the Outer Hebrides.
Sarah Pennington’s ‘Conchyliorium Byvalvium’ performance explores the symbolism of the scallop shell, evoking thoughts of travel and communication. She invites the audience to participate in a mindful personal journey within the gallery space as she describes in a poetic prose reading certain aspects of the scallop as symbol. The participants are encouraged to carry a cast of a scallop shell dish and to write a word in it as instructed during the performance.
The piece was created as part of an ongoing exploration into the metaphorical and factual nature of the scallop, as a symbol for trade and bridging language. The words gathered here will contribute to a further piece of writing.
It also accompanies a book outlining a number of natural facts, historical uses and attached beliefs around the scallop, which was made for Leeds Artist Book Fair as one of an edition as a collective through Sheffield Hallam University, and which is on sale at POP during the show.

Park on level 4 and pay only £1 for the evening.
See you Friday or in the next two months 🙂

Hull International Photography Festival – HIP Festival

Hip Logo NEWLook out for HIP Fest – Hull International Photography Festival coming up!
Hull International Photography Festival in venues across Hull and workshops supported by Hull Libraries throughout October 2015 are looking really exciting. A superb initiative in the run up to Hull City of Culture 2017. In the meantime you can see our beautiful Kurdistan photography exhibition until the end of April so if you are in Princes Quay Shopping Centre, Hull visit the HIP gallery and have a look. And you can checkout our super hi res site HIP Google Cultural Spot

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THE YORKSHIRE KURD EXHIBITION is now a Google Cultural Spot

Our latest HIP exhibition is now a Google Cultural Spot for you to enjoy online, in super resolution.


This Kurdish exhibition captures rich and colourful diversity in Kurdish life, through the lens of two celebrated Kurdish Photographers; Ranj Abdullah and Nasih Ali Xayat. HIP Gallery Guest Curator Dilzar Shanga says “This exhibition is filled with joy, colour, emotion & the true beauty of life in Kurdistan.”

Launch of Kurdish Photography Exhibition in Hull

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The public are invited to a new exhibition of photographs of Kurdistan, launched at HIP (Hull International Photography) Gallery, Upper Deck, Princess Quay Shopping Centre, Hull, on Friday 13thFebruary 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm.

The exhibition is suitable for photography lovers of all ages and is free of charge. It can be seen at HIP Gallery daily 12 noon until 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 12 noon until 4 pm on Sundays until March 27th 2015.

In colourful contrast to the recent French monochrome show, by acclaimed street photographer Fred Trobrillant, this brand new Kurdish exhibition captures the rich and colourful diversity of Kurdish life, through the eyes of two celebrated Kurdish Photographers; Ranj Abdullah and Nasih Ali Xayat.

The photographs have been chosen with HIP Gallery guest curator Dilzar Ali who says “This exhibition is filled with joy, colour and emotion, showing the true beauty of life in Kurdistan.”

28 year old director of photography, Ranj Abdulla was born in Sulemanya city Kurdistan (northern Iraq). Ranj explained “As a photographer, these photographs bring together all the pictures I have seen, the books I have read, the music I have heard, the people I have loved. You don’t make a photograph just with a camera.”

Photographer Nasih Ali Xayat aged 33 is from Halabja City Kurdistan (northern Iraq). He comes from a poor family background and didn’t begin his photography until 2002. Nasih explained, “You don’t need to speak the same language to appreciate the photographs, everyone can understand them. Taking photographs has helped me to feel alive again.”

For more information or photo opportunity please contact:
HIP Gallery Cocurator & CEO of The Creative & Cultural Company Alan Raw alanraw@creativeandcultural.com

Website: http://www.creativeandcultural.com/

The Creative and Cultural Company has a Board of Trustees with a range of skills and experiences to oversee what we do and help us achieve our aims, a Curators Committee and a pool of around 20 volunteers. New volunteers are always needed, so please let everyone know.

HIP Gallery on Google Cultural Spot


Hull International Photography – HIP Gallery is on Google Cultural Spot.

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We are delighted to announce that after a successful application in December 2013, The Creative & Cultural Company were selected by Google and TVO-Agency Paris to create a Google Cultural Spot in Hull . With great support from TVO we tested out the tools and used them for our POP Gallery. We have now dedicated one just to our Hull International Photography Gallery HIP.

As Google have been invited to Hull to tell us all about this and more great tools today at Hull Truck, we would like to proudly show you our Hull Cultural Spot.

Click here and have a look at our Google Cultural Spot site

Alison Slack Exhibition at POP

Exhibition Vernissage Friday January 9th from 6:30-8:30pm Soundmaps & Hearing Spaces. Free Entry All ages welcome at POP #CreativeandCultural#Hull


Soundmaps is a sound art project involving Hull City residents and visitors to be exhibited at four libraries as well as POP (Pride Of Place) Art Space Hull. The aim of “soundmaps“ is to encourage residents of Hull to hear their city and explore their environment in new ways. The locations for the recordings are deep rooted in the historical context of Hull. Residents pass these locations regularly. Alison Slack hopes to engage the community to listen, to evoke an aural emotion and to reflect on how sounds can be used to define the places where we live.

Alison Slack is a multi-disciplinary artist, having completed the Masters of Fine Art print media program at Concordia University in Montreal. Her work ranges from traditional print making to exploring new media and contemporary performance art. Alison has exhibited in Canada, the States, U.K., Sweden, and Berlin. My most recent exhibitions include a performance piece titled “Mobile Home” in Berlin, a touring exhibition with the Sketchbook Project in Brooklyn, as well as some etchings at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. Alison is the recipient of grants from Larkin25 and Hull City Arts, and the England Arts Council and has previously received a grant from CIAM, Quebec to produce an electronic art project titled “Appropriated Apiaries”.

We are very proud to have Alison’s work exhibited in POP. Please feel free to interact with it.