Sackler CPD Tour: Hull, City of Culture 2017

The Deep, Hull © Thomas Arran
The Deep, Hull © Thomas Arran

5 April 2017


Organiser: Contemporary Art Society

Sackler CPD Programme members: free

Non-members: £10

NB: The CAS team will take the Kings Cross – Hull direct train 9.48 – 12.14, returning direct at 17.10 – 19.45

Join us for a Sackler CPD tour of Hull, UK City of Culture 2017, where we will visit the exhibitions that form part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 programme. The largest is Offshore: artists explore the sea, curated by Invisible Dust at Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery and Maritime Museum.

Exploring sea-related themes, including monster myths, local fishing communities, Hull’s role as a maritime city and the implications of climate change, it includes ambitious new art commissions that relate to the museums’ collections. Exhibting artists include Badgers of Bohemia, Martin Parr, Bik Van der Pol, Saskia Olde Wolbers, Phil Coy, author China Miéville, Tacita Dean, John Smith, Adam Chodzko, Shimabuku, Zineb Sedira and Lawrence Lek amongst many others. We will also visit the collections and other exhibtions at the two host museums.

At Humber Street Gallery Lucy and Jorge Orta’s installation The Raft of the Medusa takes its historical reference point from the romantic depiction of the shipwreck in Le Radeau de la Méduse by Théodore Géricault. The make-shift raft constructed by the crew of the Medusa from wood salvaged from their sinking vessel recounts more than the treacherous voyage of the doomed sailors on board, it reminds us of the fateful journeys of slaves and migrants throughout history. At the same venue Somewhere Becoming Sea, an exhibition curated by Steven Bode, explores Hull’s long-standing prominence as a gateway to the North Sea and reflects on how expanses of water that divide countries are also channels that connect them. Featured artists include Lavinia Greenlaw, Nikolaj Bendix Skyum Larsen, Simon Faithfull and Cecilia Stenbom.

In Fountain 17, art and industry combine to mark the 100-year anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s controversial Fountain and 200 years of British ceramic manufacturers, Armitage Shanks. Led by Hull School of Art and Design, Ideal Standard UK and Hull’s arts community, Fountain 17 has commissioned artists to produce works inspired by Duchamp’s most notorious Readymade.  Turner Prize-winning collective Assemble and author and poet Lemn Sissay MBE, will exhibit alongside local artists and community groups over several venues. These include Brodrick Gallery at Hull School of Art and Design, the Kingston Art Group (KAG) Gallery and Studio Eleven on Humber Street.

In the carpark of the impressive space-age aquarium The Deep we will visit Washed Up Car-Go, the first installation of a series of new commissions by local artist Chris Dobrowolski. Featuring Hull landscapes and plastic toys, his new installation looks at environmental concerns around plastics and our oceans.


Travel Bursaries are available but please submit your application by 5 March 2017. To apply and download the Contemporary Art Society Travel Bursary Form (.docx) click here

To book a place as a Sackler CPD Programme Member and/or apply for a bursary please email

To book a place as a non-Sackler CPD Programme member please pay using the link below


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