Turning the Tide


Exhibition aims to inspire women and girls to work in renewables

An exhibition exploring the importance of women’s work in the renewable energy sector can be seen at the University of Hull’s Brynmor Jones Library.

The exhibition gives visitors a chance to learn more about the Turning the Tide project, which put women working in Science Technology Engineering and Maths (STEM) in the spotlight through a specially commissioned dance piece.

People will have the chance to view a film that shows the dance choreographed by Fred Garland, of Ten Foot Dance Company.

Professor Becky Huxley-Binns, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Hull, one of the dancers in the film, believes Turning the Tide brings a different perspective to the importance of girls studying STEM subjects.

She said: “It embraces creativity and art to tell the importance of the STEM journey. We hope it inspires women and girls to consider educational pathways to embrace STEM and regard it as a viable career option for them.”

She added: “The number of girls studying STEM drops so much at the age of 16, and we see that downward trend into their future careers. But the STEM world is inclusive and diverse, exciting and world changing, as are the range of courses and programmes we offer at the University of Hull. We are delighted to be involved in this very important project.”

Through a partnership with the Women’s 100 Movement, the dance commemorating 100 years of female suffrage in 2028, aims to tell a different story about the role of women in industry past, present and future – by making it beautiful, as well as functional.

Director and professional dancer Fred Garland said Turning The Tide has been a great success in bringing together community and industry to highlight some of the challenges faced within industry.

She said: “My mission was to tell the story of this future-oriented industry in a creative way. Through dance and movement, I wanted to explore the story of this new source of power on our shores and highlight the opportunities available for women to be part of it.”

My mission was to tell the story of this future-oriented industry in a creative way.

Fred Garland


Through the dance, fifteen women express the power, beauty, strength, and potential of the offshore wind industry. Several of the dancers are women who work in or around the industry already, and are filmed in locations around the Humber, including The Deep, the Humber Bridge, Hull Minster and the University of Hull’s Aura Innovation Centre as well as at the Siemens wind turbine factory.

The exhibition, which was previously on display at the Aura Innovation Centre, Hessle, is now on display at the Brynmor Jones Library’s exhibition space, until 20 October 20. It allows visitors to follow in the footsteps of the dancers, and features some behind the scenes insights into the project.

The exhibition, which is part funded by Humber Science Festival 2023, is launched during the Festival this week. A series of workshops for SEN groups, higher education, further education and primary schools, will run alongside the exhibition.

The Humber Science Festival, which is hosted and organised by the University of Hull, runs from Thursday 7 to Saturday 9 September.

Entry to the exhibition is free and there is no need to book.

For more information visit the Turning the Tide website.


Photo credit: Matt Watson/ Matthew Laraway

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