HSAD Commission for Green Port Hull

Hull School of Art and Design (HSAD) hosted a launch for their commission for artwork to be shown at the Siemens development at Green Port Hull.

ABP Projects Manager, Humber Laura Morrish and ABP Engineering Manager Paul Hatley gave a presentation laying out the size of the plan for the development which will cover 57 Hectares, the equivalent of 130 football pitches, and will see 7.5 Hectares of land reclaimed from Alexandra Dock.

The site will include a facility for the manufacture, assembly, testing shipment and on-going maintenance of offshore turbines which will be more than double the size of the wind turbines that we see inland.

The commission for HSAD is for 6 sculptures that will be placed along a public right of way at the north end of the site which will be placed on concrete plinths which are 2 meters in diameter and raised 450 millimeters.

There will also be 3 exhibition boards measuring 5.9 meters by 2.9 meters and 4 information boards.

Students from HSAD are expected to come up with their individual design ideas. The students will visit the site on 9th February and will have time from March to May to work up their designs before issuing them on May 8th.

A review panel will choose the design on 26th May and students will then have June to October to produce final designs and then October to March to actually prepare the artwork before it is installed in April 2016.

There was also a presentation from Spearfish, who students will work alongside if their design is successful. Spearfish were started in Manchester as a small artistic company but these days are internationally known for their institution of the Eurocultured Festival and the artistic workshops they offer which are delivered all over Europe.

After the main presentations and a short break there was a split into 5 break out groups to facilitate candidates with information they need regarding the work space and what is expected of them.

The themed break out groups included themes of Project Purpose, Benefits and Spin offs, Place and Site, Material Scope, Connections, Audience and Interaction and Ephemeral Pieces.

After about half an hour the break out groups came back together to give their feedback which included discussion about potential artwork, artists maybe working together and about research needed like a public consultation with the residents of Victoria Dock who will be affected by this installation.

ABP also provided drawings of the plans for the development and also stats and facts such as the fact that they handle around one quarter of the UK’s seaborne trade and contribute £5.6 Billion to the economy.

Hull FC v Hull KR report

Hull KR came out on top in the Clive Sullivan Memorial Trophy match at the KC Stadium after a stirring fight back in the 2nd half.

The Robins were 22-6 down in the 2nd half but suddenly Hull FC seemed to take their foot off the gas and Rovers needed no second invitation to take advantage.

Mark Minichiello was the standout player for the home side as he scored two tries, his first coming after a great sidestep round Kieran Dixon and 40 metre dash to the posts and his 2nd came after he ran a beautiful line onto a well weighted pass to see him crash through 2 defenders to give the hosts a deserved 16-6 lead at half time.

Other try scorers for the Airlie Birds included Setaimata Sa after 90 seconds and in the 2nd half Fetuli Talanoa got on the score sheet after a deft kick by Marc Sneyd caused havoc behind the Rovers try line.

Hull captain Gareth Ellis had to be helped off after half an hour but coach Lee Radford said afterwards that there were no serious injuries and that the physio seemed quite happy with Ellis and that he should be OK.

In the proverbial game of 2 halves the visitors came back with tries from Ken Sio (2), Kris Welham, after a note able cross field move which Albert Kelly was very influential in and Darrell Goulding after Talanoa failed to catch a high kick and the centre pounced.

This was very much a classic pre season game that was very entertaining and will have been very useful to both sides as their preperations for the new Super League season continue in front of an attendance of 9,445.

Christmas fun at Kardomah 94

Theatre company Ensemble 52 presented the first of 2 Christmas Cabaret’s last night as part of their Christmas Heads Up Festival, at Hull’s hottest new culture spot Kardomah 94.

Backed by an excellent band, plus a choir from Sirius Academy, entertainers Ian Thompson, Sarah Naughton and Kardomah 94s very own singing chef Amy Dickinson entertained a sell out audience with a variety of different music from West End classics through to Disney films and with a generous mix of Christmas chart songs.

Highlights included a James Bond medley from the 3 main singers, a never to be seen again version of the classic Fairytale of New York, originally by The Pogues and Kirsty McColl, saw Ian Thompson and Sarah Naughton have everybody in hysterics and Amy Dickinson blew the audience away with renditions of One Night Only and All I Want for Christmas is You.

With the night hosted by Ensemble 52 Artistic Director Andrew Pearson, who also joined in with singing some cabaret classics, the company and the venue management provided the perfect start to the Christmas holidays.

The audience were encouraged to dance in the 2nd half and this they did with great enthusiasm.

With the technical support of Matt Lund and a wonderfully intimate venue Ensemble 52 had the perfect setting for just such a show and it is noted with great interest that this will all be happening again at 8:00 tomorrow evening, one can only wonder what treats await then.wpid-20141221_212248.jpgwpid-20141221_212913.jpgwpid-20141223_215000.jpgwpid-20141221_202518.jpgwpid-20141223_190739.jpg

All You Need is Hull, The Beatles and Me

Speaking to Lynda Hill, who compiled the above named book, you get a sense of just how much the fab four from Liverpool still mean to her now.

With a smile on her face and a glint in her eye in the magnificent surroundings of Holy Trinity Church it’s plain to see that she has a great enthusiasm for the band that has seemingly stood the test of time and passed it with flying colours.

The front cover of the book carries a picture of Lynda with the band. She explains to me that the photo was taken at The ABC on 24th November 1963 and goes on to say that they visited Hull 4 times.

She says “The book is my story about me and The Beatles. But not only that, it’s also the stories of other fans who had a connection to the band or other related experiences.

She continues “It’s about 1 city, 2 venues and 4 appearances. They had 2 performances at the Majestic Ballroom and 2 appearances at The ABC.

“One of the performances at the Majestic Ballroom was in 1962 and there was hardly anybody there, when they returned the following year to The ABC the place was jam packed to the rafters.”

The book was released on 20th September and Lynda did book signings in WH Smith in the Prospect Centre and at Waterstones on Jameson Street in the town centre.

The book can be bought at either of those outlets or directly via Facebook by sending a message to Lynda Hill personally or to her alternative page on there called All You Need is Hull The Beatles and Me- Book.

She also tells me about how, at the event last year marking fifty years since The Beatles had been at The ABC, she stood in St. Stephen’s on the exact same spot where she had stood fifty years before, when it was The ABC, at exactly the same time.

I also learned from her about how people from as far flung places as South America, Russia, Australia, Canada, Italy and Greece have ordered the book from her via Facebook..

Lynda is obviously a very genuinely heartwarming lady who recounts certain experiences she had with The Beatles with great zest, but don’t just take my word for it, buy her book and I’m sure you’ll also see her enthusiasm shining back at you.

Victorian Christmas Event 2014

About 16,000 people flocked to the Victorian Christmas Event in Hull’s Old Town on Saturday 29th November.

Attractions included appearances by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, Town Crier Michael Wood, Lord Mayor Mary Glew and Ebenezer Scrooge, along with several volunteers who were dressed in period costume and Punch and Judy were there to entertain the children and there was also an open air ice skating rink.

The whole event was planned between Hull City Council, Hull BID and Heritage Learning and brought together, actors, market traders and the Museums Quarter and predominantly the Street Life Museum.

Julie Buffey of Trinity Open Market was in charge of the market stalls arrangements, she told me “It’s been a very good day and very busy.

She went on to tell me “All the stall holders are local traders, we’re deliberately not replicating our Old Town Market so other traders won’t be affected.”

She also told me that the Open Market had just “Joined in with Heritage Learning and Hull BID” when the event was first staged in 2013 and that the market this year had been much busier than last year.

This was also backed up by several other traders, Andrew Harper and Andy Paxton of Magical Tea Machine said they had been “Phenomenally busy.” Mr Paxton said they hadn’t had a break all day and they had run out of virtually everything they were selling including Turkey Burgers, Pork Burgers and 7kg of Hot Chocolate and there was a “Lovely atmosphere.”

Anke Bryant also said business was “Much better than last year.”

First time traders at the event also said business was very brisk. Debbie Carroll told me she was “Well impressed” with trade and that she loves “People, selling and dressing up.”

Kjersti Emberton said she was “Quite happy. And she said it was definitely a good experience and she “Will be back next year.”

Ian Carter who normally sells chestnuts in Queen Victoria Square was asked to the market by Hull BID and told me “It’s been very worth coming.”

At another chestnut stall Darren Moss said “It’s been fantastic, can’t complain at all. He also said “It’s been better than last year and I’ll definitely be back next year.”

Town Crier Michael Wood, who started the proceedings in the morning by pronouncing the arrival of ‘Queen’ Victoria and ‘Prince’ Albert, told me “When you get the right weather everything takes care of itself and it couldn’t have gone better today because we’ve had snow…… No really, we’ve had snow.”

Ebenezer Scrooge, who was inside the Street Life Museum, said “It’s been a rotten day having Christmas forced upon me by a shower of simpering fools who’ve got nothing better to do with their time. A lot of children could be better employed sweeping chimney’s or in service, Bah Humbug.”

‘Queen’ Victoria and ‘Prince’ Albert, however, were in better form. Her majesty said “Myself and Albert have had a wonderful day.

“It’s been lovely to see our loyal subjects and so many happy faces.” ‘Prince’ Albert said “Hull has surpassed itself.”

The actors Naomi and Ben, from Heritage Learning, who played the parts of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert said it had gone fantastically well for them, Naomi said “We’ve stayed in character all day and everybody has taken to it really well.” She said the visitors to the event had interacted really well with them and had taken to the characters and the way it was being delivered.

Other performers included Beverley Town Handbell Ringers, the Band of the 150 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps and Shiznitz, The Grinnigogs and Juggling Jim.

There were also Horse and Carriage Rides and St. Mary’s Church, Lowgate was open for refreshments, Boots on Whitefriargate was transformed into a Victorian Pharmacy for the day and the Land Train was also operating between City Hall and the South Museums Quarter gates.

Whitefriargate Trade Problems

unnamedWhitefriargate traders say that too many empty units down the Town Centre street are effecting business.

Alison Stutt at Kapow said “Boyes is bringing more trade to the area, but it doesn’t look good with too many empty units.”

Chris Brigham at the Hull People’s Memorial Shop said that Boyes has had no effect on them because most of the people coming to them were doing personal research, maybe partly inspired by the 100th anniversary of the start of World War 1 and their Trench and Officers Dugout installation has also proved very popular  so she estimated they are maybe 5-10% up on trade compared to the same time last year.

Manager at the YMCA Shop Gail Graham said “we’re not doing as well now as we were this time last year.

She also said Boyes had not had any effect on them but the empty units are a major problem for the area. “The empty units are effecting business because fewer people are coming this far because of them.”

While shops like Kapow are expecting a rise in trade leading up to the Christmas holidays the charity shops certainly aren’t expecting anything like that because they aren’t that sort of business.

Local TV Assignment

Despite many sceptics about the grand idea of former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt for locally based TV Channels the idea does seem to be gathering pace and becoming more and more popular.

Ofcom has so far issued licences to 30 channels so they can deliver TV in their area and the initiative is expected to grow to many more towns and cities over the coming months and years. Rollout is ongoing at this time.

The ten Local TV channels that have launched so far include Estuary TV (Grimsby), Mustard TV (Norwich), London Live (London), Notts TV (Nottingham), STV Glasgow (Glasgow), Latest TV (Brighton), Sheffield Live (Sheffield), NvTv (Belfast) and Made TV (Both Bristol and Cardiff).

The first licences were awarded on 12th September 2012 to Brighton and Grimsby.

After more licences were awarded in the first phase Ofcom then awarded a second set of TV Licences for three more areas of the UK on 7th November 2012 and then followed this up on 11th January 2013 by awarding the first Local TV Licences in Scotland for Glasgow and Edinburgh.

Following on from this they then issued licences for Swansea, Mold, London, Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool and the first phase of Local TV Licensing was completed when Preston was awarded a licence on 1st March 2013.

Local TV went live on 26th November 2013 with the launch of Estuary TV in Grimsby and Scotland’s first Local TV Channel to go live was STV Glasgow which launched on 2nd June 2014.

Made TV has actually, so far, been awarded 5 Local TV Licences, the question now is, How many more places in the UK will be granted a Licence?