The University of Hull continues its integral role in Hull’s UK City of Culture year by hosting a varied collection of events as part of 2017’s Tell the World season.
2017’s fourth season is a stunning offering of performance, music, literature, visual art and more – the University is proud to be delivering part of that programme.
The city’s strong literary heritage continues to be celebrated during Tell the World with a major new spoken word festival Contains Strong Language. This festival includes an unprecedented number of nationally renowned writers, poets and spoken-word artists coming together for a variety of events to suit all tastes and ages. A collection of events will take place on our campus including the First Story’s Young Writers’ Festival; Roger McGough and Brian Pattern – The Mersey Sound 50th Anniversary with Little Machine’ plus legendary punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke with guests.
Further poetry events on campus following on from the exhibition Larkin: New Eyes Each Year (which closes on 1 October) include an exploration of Philip Larkin's legacy: Larkin Reflections features poets Dean Wilson, Joe Hakim, Vicky Foster, plus writers Martin Goodman and Russ Litten.
Our visual arts programme continues with An Eyeful of Wry: Government Art Collection at the University’s Brynmor Jones Library. From droll 18th century caricatures by James Gillray to satirical prints and Simon Faithfull's video of an impossible journey, this exhibition explores the dynamic between artist as ‘joker’ and viewer as ‘sharp-eyed observer’.
We welcome back Honorary Graduate, Reece Shearsmith for ‘An Evening with’ at our newly revamped world-class concert venue, Middleton Hall. Acclaimed for shows including The League of Gentlemen, Psychoville and Inside Number 9, the Hull-born writer and performer will be in conversation with University of Hull lecturer Dr Kevin Corstorphine to explore his creative influences and the relationship between horror and comedy
Middleton Hall at the University of Hull also presents a variety of music, including acclaimed pianist Yegevny Subdin and Nightports with Matthew Bourne, led by musician and producer Michael Janisch. The venue also features Hull Chamber Music presenting Tell the World, a recital from the Ellipsis Ensemble and internationally renowned tenor James Gilchrist, including Bach, Handel and Vaughan Williams. The newly redeveloped and renamed Canham Turner building (formerly Staff House) will host a Whistle Stop Opera by Opera North – a fantastic introduction to this musical genre.
The BP Cultural Visions Lecture Series continues at Middleton Hall throughout the season. These events provide a chance to take an intimate look at the creative journeys of some of the UK’s leading cultural visionaries.
Professor Glenn Burgess, Deputy Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull said: “We are proud to continue to play a central role within Hull’s UK City of Culture year in creating and hosting a range of cultural events here on our beautiful campus. We have already welcomed many thousands of visitors to our cultural events during 2017 – and we look forward to welcoming many more.”