The Changing Face Exhibition opens today!

The Changing Face of Hull Exhibition opens today and runs until April 30th 2015 in The Space upstairs at the Central Library, Albion Street, Hull. This stunning exhibition of portraits of people living and working in Hull and explores ideas of self, city and shared identity. Click on the photo to access the unique video artwork which accompanies the exhibition The project has been led by Quentin Budworth with second photographer Rebecca Robyns and has been funded by Hull City Council and the Arts Council’s Grants For The Arts.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition here is the link to the video art piece by Quentin Budworth from  The Changing Face Of Hull.


Liz Dees – Artist / Designer / Maker

Artist, designer and maker Liz Dees here she talks eloquently and intelligently about the changes happening in Hull…

Liz Dees

‘One of my theories is that the recent renaissance that Hull is experiencing is a direct bi-product of the global economic downturn. I believe that when the economic downturn hit in late 2007, graduates from within the city stopped returning to their home towns etc. young professionals stopped searching elsewhere for job promotion or better prospects. I believe these individuals decided to stay in Hull, because there were poor opportunities elsewhere, and staying here in Hull was cheap and a relatively safe bet for the short term. A decision made to stay maybe, until an up turn in the economy arrived, and to make the best of what Hull had to offer.

Due to low living costs Hull became a good place to begin establishing creative enterprises and benefited from the region being designated an area of cultural deprivation and a target for regeneration and investment. Thus hence, due to a greater graduate retention and the formation of many new young creative and cultural enterprises, Hull began to experience an upturn in quality cultural activity and ambition.

Ultimately left without an annual exodus of newly educated and trained young creative professionals Hull has begun to grow and develop an increasing exciting cultural scene. Longer established creative practitioners in the city responded well to the stimulus, being given new and renewed vigour to believe that greater things were possible.

The moment that the winning of city of culture was announced, that early morning televised announcement, I found myself almost overcome with emotion, ‘My goodness this is amazing’ I thought ‘ This is a real game changer’, ‘ This is an opportunity to make a difference to Hull and never turn back’.

So here we are 18 months on, and two years away from celebrating our own cultural rebirth, the future is exciting and increasingly positive. We all now have the power and potential influence to make beautiful progress with all our dreams and desires for our own cultural and creative practices, as well as our belief in the potential for Hull’s future. So there’s my theory.’

You can find out more about Liz Dees and her work here:

 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

Introducing mentee and second photographer Rebecca Robyns

Hello – I’m Rebecca Robyns,  I am a freelance Humanitarian Photographer based in Hull, and currently working with the Thai Children’s Trust in south East Asia. My passion in life is to tell stories and raise awareness on issues that are going on around us, to empower and inspire people, particularly women and children.
My images for the Thai Children’s Trust have helped raise funds towards their many projects which are ongoing.
 Whilst in the UK, I am delighted to be working on the “Changing face of Hull” with my colleague and mentor Quentin Budworth and exploring the changing cultural landscape of the city.


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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 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

Matt Cunnah – Hull Pie

Todays changing face of Hull is Matt Cunnah who has developed and grown Hull Pie into one of the city’s favourite suppliers of handmade gourmet pies, sausage rolls and sweet treats – Matt is pictured at The Pie Hut – his latest venture outside St Stephen’s Shopping Centre.

Here’s what Matt had to say about Hull –

‘I love Hull, it’s a unique place, it’s somewhere almost undiscovered and it has its own style and way that it runs… Hull is the biggest village in the world everyone seems to gather into little areas and everyone seems to make their own special  community’.

.Matt Cunnah - Changing Face Of Hull

Graham Beck – artist, musician and performer

Graham Beck

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 or see him perform online here

Andy Richardson – Music Promoter

Today’s Changing Face is Andy Richardson. Andy was one of the participants at the Hull International Photography Gallery last  friday – here he speaks about Hull In his own words – which are remarkable … 
 Andy Richardson - Workshop Participant HIP Gallery
‘I began promoting music in Hull in 1997 with the world music collective Hot City Beats. Our first gig was the Ghanaian band Ifang Bondi at the Adelphi Club, about four weeks into the bright dawn of New Labour. I was hooked and have spent the last seventeen years as a promoter and agent working locally regionally nationally and internationally.
 During that period there has been, since 1999, one constant factor – Wreckless Eric, my teenage hero. We have done four national tours together over the years and today we come together again to launch the Hull Music Archive – a project close to my heart. So how has Hull changed over this period? I didn’t think the Blairite years were a great time for the arts in Hull – maybe the ready availability of public funding weakened what to me is Hull’s artistic strength – the underground.
The coalition cuts have wreaked great damage on the people of Hull but in the arts I sense a renaissance: new venues & promoters, galleries, radio stations, record labels, collaborations and people pulling together to make things happen – with or without funding. My hope in the run up to 2017, and beyond, is that there will be thriving underground scene once more in place – inspiring, leading and taking chances. And once more ‘it will never be dull in Hull’.
Wreckless Eric is playing at the Adelphi Club in Hull tonight. (10-12-2014)
And just for fun a contact sheet from the shoot …

You can actually see the point at which I say to Andy ‘So tell me about Eric?’

Sydell Faith The Early Bird Eater

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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…

Hello my name is Sydell I created The Early Bird Eater around two years ago. The Early Bird Eater has turned my life from something quite normal into something I could not have expected. Creatively I feel free and people really embrace what I am about Hull’s creative culture and people make me what I am today.
Food is my way of expression and I love that there is variation I go to the butchers veg shop and a place to buy spices and create. Food is my whole life giving food to people is a pleasure sharing what I cook on social media via my blogs/articles and other means is really exciting too.

 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

Workshop – Call to participate – The Changing Face Of Hull

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 or call lead artist Quentin Budworth on 07877434739 To join The Changing Face Of Hull mailing list email: