The Creation exhibition at Hull Minster takes inspiration from the touring Sistine Chapel exhibition last year.
The Creation exhibition at Hull Minster takes inspiration from the touring Sistine Chapel exhibition last year. Picture: @GarnessArt on Twitter

5 FREE things to do in Hull this weekend

It feels like a keep-your-money-in-your-pocket type of weekend – and with so many fantastic exhibitions going on in the city, why not keep your cash and take in some culture?

Art and artefacts aplenty are on show at the city’s galleries and museums.

Here are 5 FREE things to do in Hull this weekend:

1. Creation exhibition
Hull Minster
Until Sunday 8 March

To celebrate the Michelangelo – A Different View exhibition, Hull Minster asked visitors to explore an artistic response to the famous The Creation of Adam fresco, which adorns the roof of the Sistine Chapel. Artists of all ages and abilities were given free rein over how to express themselves.

Artists of all ages and abilities were encouraged to submit works of any size and medium. 51 pieces of art that will be on display at the special exhibition include paintings, drawings, poems, photographs and sculptures. Learn more here.

2. Creative Connections: The Exhibition
Until Friday 6 March

Over the past year, artists Gail Hurst, Jon Keen, and Sarah Johnson have been collaborating on a regular basis with participants of three of Hull’s leading disability charities to develop creative social groups.

In Creative Connections, the work produced as an outcome of this project with participants from Danny’s Dream, Victoria House and Sight Support will be presented. Learn more here.

3. Jamie Crewe: Solidarity & Love
Humber Street Gallery
Until Sunday 29 March

This collection of work by the Glasgow-based artist Jamie Crewe takes inspiration from Radclyffe Hall’s novel The Well of Loneliness (1928), addressing the provocations of the book, which has had a lasting impact on generations of gay, lesbian and transgender people.

Through a combination of video, sculpture and text, Crewe touches on themes of heartbreak, experiences of transphobia, LGBT solidarity and conflict, as well as exploring the legacy of the novel itself. Learn more here.

4. 2020 Open Exhibition
Ferens Art Gallery
Saturday 15 February to Sunday 26 April

If you haven’t yet visited this fantastic exhibition, what is keeping you? The 53rd exhibition celebrates some of the best artistic talent in the region, featuring more than 370 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and film produced by local amateur and professional artists.

The artwork was selected by a panel of judges consisting of visual artist Graham Dean, whose artwork is represented in the Ferens permanent collection, freelance curator Angela Kingston and Kenn Taylor, creative director at Artlink. Learn more here.

5. Exploring Islamic Art: Helmets
Hull And East Riding Museum
Until Sunday 29 March

Take a look at some of the ornate helmets that were worn in battle by Persian Empire soldiers. The collection consists of two “kulah khud” helmets worn by Persian Empire soldiers in the 18th or 19th century. And if you can’t get to museum, you can explore the kulah khud online here.

The exhibition includes headgear representing the head of a demon who was defeated by a hero from an Iranian national epic poem called the Shahnameh. Learn more here.

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