Mini Changing Face of Hull Exhibition At Open Doors Project

The Open door mini exhibition will remain in situ and be added to as the project progresses and develops. The Changing Face Of Hull Exhibition shows portraits of the people of Hull from diverse backgrounds and communities – ‘a must see exhibition’ (Hull City of Culture) at Hull Central Library on until 30th April.


HIP Juniors visit the Changing Face Exhibition

Young people from the HIP Juniors (Hull International Photography Gallery) visited the Changing Face Exhibition for a junior masterclass with Lead artist Quentin Budworth on saturday 12 children and four adults attended this special event. The youngsters were encouraged  to look at the portraits in the exhibition and give feedback to the group on their favourite image. Then they engaged in some judicious photobombing and a short session on reading an exhibition and how to link images in sequences. The session finished with the youngsters leaving feedback in the comments book.

You can see some of the photobombs here:

Amrita Singh


Today’s Changing Face of Hull is Amrita Singh here she speaks of her life in Hull and her childhood.

“I grew up in Hull, at one time it felt like we were the only Indian family in the City. There wasn’t a lot to do then – now things are much improved with plenty of opportunities for going out and having a nice time as a family.”
The Changing Face Of Hull Exhibition shows portraits of the people of Hull from diverse backgrounds and communities – ‘a must see exhibition’ Hull City of Culture at Hull Central Library on until 30th April.
Photograph and interview Quentin Budworth

Alan Azad Ahmad – The New Kurdish School Hull

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I was born in Kurdistan in Sulaymaniyah and when I came to England I spoke no English it took me a few months to learn English at School – we left Kurdistan because my dad wanted us to have a safe and better life he really valued education and that’s why we came to England.
What I like about Hull is that it is a very simple life – I’m hoping the city becomes more multicultural  and that people come to understand each other better.  I came with my dad and my brother to England 15 years ago – I went to Henry Cooper School I made many friends there and that is what keeps me here.
I am very excited about the City of Culture and hope it will make Hull more like Manchester, Liverpool or Sheffield.
It is my dream to have a very successful business but it’s a hard to place to grow a business but I’m still hoping to try again in the future.
Dilzar is a good friend of mine and a great musician and he said to me why don’t we start a Kurdish School for the community. We tried to consult the community but it was hard to please everyone because of political differences. So we decided to ask The Warren if they would host the school – and they said they would give us one day a week and now we have 65 children registered with us.
We want to teach the children the good things about our culture and knowledge of their roots. Our aim is to educate the children and to share our culture with other communities – we stick to geography, music and language and we steer clear of politics and religion our aim is to promote a positive image of Kurdistan for our children and the greater of community of Hull.

I am happily married and have two sons who I am very proud of.

To read more about and see photos from The New Kurdish School visit

The Changing Face Exhibition preview event is happening on April the 2nd you can book tickets for it by following this link:

Photo © Quentin Budworth

Bashir Siraj – Open Doors Project

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I  work for Open Doors Project, set up by Princes Avenue Methodist Church in the year 2000. We  welcome  and support asylum seekers, refugees to help them exploring and enabling them to play a full positive role in our society.

My role is to make sure the activities of the Open Doors run smoothing, coordinate with our diverse team of volunteers, the members of Open Doors Management Committee, working partners, supporters and make sure the needs of our clients are met as much as possible.

The things I like about living in Hull are the people, the geography of the area, the city centre, museums and the central library.

The challenges facing people from different cultures in Hull are around confidence building, making progress in their careers, social integration  and sometimes in certain area of hull, racism or less acceptance.

Over the years people are becoming more welcoming to new arrival from all over the world , becoming multicultural society.

By having my portrait taken I am showing my solidarity, presence, belonging  and support to the various development initiatives taking place in our city.

I would like to see greater social cohesion, people working together, more jobs and a diverse  approach  and policy in the organisations and agencies of our city and a clean, safe and environmentally  friendly place to live.

The Changing Face Exhibition preview event is happening on April the 2nd you can book tickets for it by following this link:

To see more images from the Open Doors Project residency follow this link to visit the Open Doors Project website follow this link

Photos © Quentin Budworth

Dave Windass – Writer

I met with Dave in the main auditorium of Hull Truck. Here he speaks in his own words about life in Hull…Dave Windass

I was born in Hull. There are three council houses next to Albert Ave swimming baths. I came bawling into the world in the middle one, number 90. Growing up involved a lot of time in the outdoor pool next-door-but-one and swimming lessons with Jack Hale, the Olympic swimmer who revolutionised the butterfly stroke.

Our house was a creative one. My dad was a signwriter, responsible for all those fluorescent posters that used to fill the windows of Jacksons supermarkets. When he wasn’t working he was painting. He painted our bedroom walls with caricatures; our favourite cartoon characters, sporting heroes, whatever we wanted. The house was full of books. My sister was always wearing holes in the carpets with her dancing.

I write for a living now but I went the long way round to get here. I worked for ten years in the construction industry and filling notebooks with words, writing short stories, sketches and plays wasn’t anything that I could tell the lads at work about. The full story is too tedious to share but I ended up working as an arts journalist for all kinds of publications, including The Stage, Big Issue in the North and Emap. Then I started discovering outlets for my creative work and got more involved than is healthy in writing for the theatre. I’ve done some stuff with Hull Truck, including Sully back in 2006.

Hull is an exciting place to be able to do this. We’ve got a blank canvas, in essence, and there’s a chance that we could invent the future of theatre right here in this city. For me, that would be theatre a million miles away from the stuffy confines of traditional spaces, diverse work that appeals to people that might not, otherwise, go anywhere near theatre.

 The Changing Face Exhibition preview event is happening on April the 2nd you can book tickets for it by following this link:

Photo © Quentin Budworth