Simon has been visiting Hull to record two of it’s showcase events during their City of Culture year. The first was for Open Bridges, featuring the world premiere of BAFTA award winning composer John Stead’s especially commissioned acousmatic music composition ‘Moments in Time’. He spent his day filming at Hull’s North Bridge, built in the 1930s, with Michael Billington of ITV Yorkshire. The piece was broadcast on the 22nd September, and you can find out more from the ITV Yorkshire blog, or from Hull 2017 website.
Open Bridges: the autumnal equinox when day and night are equal, will be split in two for the first time in the city’s history denying movement across the river east or west, creating a symbolic wall to be reunited when the first bridge re-opens to road traffic. This can only happen in Hull as no other city has so many opening bridges over such a short distance of navigable river. A river journey by three historic vessels will take place and as the river journey ends the music begins. Hull 2017
The next week he was back in Hull for the opening of the Turner Prize at Ferens Art Gallery. The Turner Prize is one of the world’s most renowned prizes awarded by the Tate to an artist who’s work in the previous year has been deemed ‘outstanding’. The exhibition of the four finalists art is open until the 7th January 2018 with the winner being announced in December. Details of the four entrants from Hull2017 website :
The four shortlisted artists for Turner Prize 2017 are Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi.
Hurvin Anderson’s paintings distil a sense of place. Encompassing both portraiture and landscape, his work shifts between the representation of a place and the reality of it.
Andrea Büttner works across print, installation and painting. Her multifaceted works explore poverty and value, and the ways that we communicate these ideas to each other.
Lubaina Himid’s work uses colourful, decorative motifs, referencing the political power of graphic language. Her artworks confront the sense of invisibility felt by people of the African diaspora.
Rosalind Nashashibi uses time in film to build a steady, often repetitive picture of everyday life, combining moments of movement and stillness.