You’ve probably heard an awful lot by now about how Hull was City of Culture 2017, and all the amazing events that took place over that year. You might be wondering what’s going on now for you to get your culture fix. Let us introduce you to the Hull International Photography Festival.
Taking place in and around Princes Quay in the town centre, the festival is a series of exhibitions, workshops and masterclasses covering all sorts of different styles of photography and is widely hailed as one of the most significant photography events in the UK.
Over ten exhibitions will include work by internationally renowned artists as well as emerging local talent and are mostly located in units around Princes Quay, with one based in Kardomah 94 just around the corner (we’d recommend having one of their awesome pizzas while you’re there).
Check the HIP Website for more information but some of the exhibitions we’re most looking forward to seeing are The River We Once Knew by David Morris which is a bit of a love letter to Morris’ hometown of Hull, and POP by Brian Griffin which is a selection of photographs taken from the book of the same name full of Brian’s music photography from the late 70s onwards, focusing on New Wave, Post Punk and the New Romantics. We also can’t wait to see the HIP Open Exhibition and the HIP Club Exhibition, which are always a fantastic display of some of the talent in Hull.
There are also a ton of talks and masterclasses for you to get involved with if you like, some of which are free (with a wristband – we’ll get to that) and others which have a charge. We’re particularly excited about Steve Walton’s Landscape in the Urban Environment workshop and Claire Armitage’s talk about Photography and Emotional Expression, but there are plenty of other things if they’re not up your street.
If you want to visit the exhibitions, or any of the talks and workshops you’ll need to purchase a festival wristband for £5, which we think is an absolute bargain. Some of the longer workshops have their own charges on top of this, but there’s lots you can do with just the wristband, and even the paid workshops and masterclasses we think are really well priced, ranging from £10 to £20 (unless you want a 1-2-1 portfolio review with Sean Tucker which will set you back £50).