Graham Beck – In his own words…
I first came to Hull as an art student, back in 1973, not knowing what Hull was like – my tutor had seen a programme on The Land Of Green Ginger, & said it looked a nice place. Reality seemed a bit different at first! Still, I got to like the place, formed an art college band (Ruby & The Takeaways) with Eric Goulden, who later became Wreckless Eric. We played upstairs at The Bull on Beverley Road, every Thursday night, from 1975-76. They were great times, & I even managed to get my degree in Fine Art! I went up to Newcastle University (teaching qualification), & then lived in London for 12 years, as a (struggling) musician & ‘entrepreneur’.
I arrived back in Hull in 1988, & have been here ever since. It’s definitely changing for the better (there have certainly been some huge changes since I was a student). It has a uniqueness which is hard to define when you live here, but the people are what make it. Sure, there are parts of Hull that need ‘looking at’ & revamping – we must be careful that it doesn’t lose it’s character because of all the redevelopment. Things have to move on, though.
These are difficult times, where budgets are tight & wages even tighter. Let’s hope that 2017 City Of Culture turns out to be all that’s promised, & that there IS a lasting legacy for the city. In the meantime, I’ll carry on being a musician………
Graham has two gigs coming up before the end of the year they are at Sewerby Hall Dec. 21st. & Adelphi Dec. 30th.
Here is Graham’s contact sheet he was absolutely marvellous to photograph and I’m looking forwards to photographing him again in the near future.
You can find out more about Graham here http://graham-graham-beck.co.uk or see him perform online here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCp7swsktf_jN6XincAoSiww
Meet one of our first ‘Changing Faces’ blogger of Hull life…. Ms Sydell Faith – ‘The Early Bird Eater’ here she talks about her life in Hull in her own words…
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
The Changing Face of Hull project will be offering a chance to participate in a photography workshop and portrait sitting at the opening of Hull International Photographers Gallery on friday the 5th December between 6-30 and 8-00pm.
The workshop will be exploring ideas of self, city and shared identity.
The Gallery is located in Princes Quay in Hull. Come along in your favourite clothes or ones that have meaning for you and bring along some significant objects to participate.
For more information on The Changing Face Of hull visit www.thechangingface.org or call lead artist Quentin Budworth on 07877434739 To join The Changing Face Of Hull mailing list email: firstname.lastname@example.org