Hull Culture Trail

South Holderness Art Department has been organising cultural tours into Hull for years...but this year is a special one!

Nearly 50 students journeyed into our City of Culture to sample the attractions and experience the buzz of creativity that is taking the city by storm.

Arriving in Queen Victoria Square to the sight of Nayan Kulkarni's 'Blade' never fails to take your breath away. We spent time taking in the architecture in the beautiful morning sunshine and sketched the Blade until The Ferens opened it's door at 10am.

The Ferens Gallery (which has been recently opened after a major revamp) now presents internationally renowned artwork by Pietro Lorenzetti and Francis Bacon, as well as the exciting local Open Exhibition. Our very own Jordanne in Y13 has her 'Wolf' sculpture centre stage on a plinth of it's own!

Next stop was The Maritime Museum which gives our students a valuable insight into our city's rich maritime history. At this point I would like to plug our very own Hull Fishing Heritage Art Exhibition which will be part of the City of Culture programme of events this year. You can find out more and follow our story on: Art

We then took to the street like shawl of fish following the fish trail around the old town, via Zebedee's Yard to view 'The Last Trip' memorial to the 6,000+ lost trawlermen of our city.

Next on our busy trip was Holy Trinity Church, which we were going to sketch from the outside, but as the rain started to fall we decided to take shelter inside - and we are very glad we did! The interior was beautiful and we were allowed to sit in the pews to sketch the views. It is fair to say that we could have stayed longer but our tummies were rumbling.

The Minerva staff were very welcoming and we stopped for a lovely meal in the traditional pub on the waterfront before moving on to The Marina and Humber Street. Some of the students had a go on the City Speaks installation which beams what you say onto the tidal barrier (although it works much better at night and well worth returning to in the dark!).

Our busy day of culture was made complete by a chance encounter with Martin Green (CEO & Director of City of Culture). Mr Cotson had a chat with him and mentioned our Hull Culture Trail which received the full thumbs up from him and a big beaming smile!

Our last stop was the East Riding History Museum before catching the coach back to SHTC and collapsing in MR Green's art room, just in time for the 3.20 bell.

What a day!

What a city!

Can't wait for the next Hull Culture Trail!

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