Amrita Singh

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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

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Steve Elliott

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Hull is a good city to live and work in. People in the art scene are working hard to generate an improved perception of the city, its history and people.

I settled here five years ago after getting regular work with Creative Partnerships, a scheme which engaged artists to collaborate in schools to inspire teachers to be creative in their lessons.

The scheme has finished now but my freelance work is the same. I still try to create opportunities for learning and the development of creative skills.

I make processional sculpture, Little Giants, mostly to make people smile.

In 2014 I have collaborated with Dom Heffer, Amanda Lowe, Carol Walker, Anita Anita, Creative & Cultural Company, Judy’s Attic and Kingston Artgroup.

Steve is pictured here working on a giant Jack Frost  a joint commission with Amanda Lowe and the Creative and Cultural Company – you can see the finished processional sculpture at Princes Quay until the end of January 2015.

http://www.stevelliott.co.uk

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

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-changing-face-of-hull-preview-tickets-16160036103?aff=efbevent

Photo © Quentin Budworth

RUPERT CREED- PLAYWRIGHT, STORYTELLER AND SOMETIMES PIRATE

Rupert Creed - Changing Face Of Hull

I left Brighton for Hull 40 years ago to study Drama and German at Hull University, and have lived and worked here ever since. Hull in the 70’s was grim, but being at the end of the line gives you a lot of freedom to find your own voice. I got a job with the early ‘wild bunch’ Hull Truck under Mike Bradwell, then started Remould in 1981 with Averil Coult which ran for 16 years. We made plays with and about local people- fishermen, nurses, social workers, the police- all based on their stories and experiences, and we also produced community plays researched and performed by hundreds of city residents. By letting me find my own voice, Hull let me give voice to others- through plays with inmates in prisons, through digital stories at the BBC, and through plays such as ‘Every Time if Rains’ about Hull’s 2007 floods. I’m now working on Freedom To Tell Tales for Freedom Festival, which is all about developing local storytelling talent. In the coming year the Centre for Contemporary Storytelling is going to be busy performing ‘Turning the Tide’, and starting the research and writing for a new Hull community play – a ‘Hull Odyssey’ in partnership with Hull Truck for 2017. I’ve always felt an artist should serve both the source of stories (people, place, culture) and the audience you present those stories to. Hull has stories to tell to the world. Our job is to tell ‘em the best way we can. And being a sometimes pirate can sometimes help.

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You can find out more about Rupert Creed’s work at www.rupertcreed.com

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

http://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-changing-face-of-hull-preview-tickets-16160036103?aff=efbevent

Photo © Quentin Budworth