The Gallery


Follow The Herring

Artlink Exhibition: 14th June - 19th July
Holy Trinity: 11th June - 20th June

Follow The Herring is an East Coast visual and performing arts touring project. The two exhibitions played host to the results of an explosion of creative activity in Hull to celebrate the story of herring lassies. Holy Trinity housed knitting and textiles produced by local crafters including a shoal of knitted herring, integrated with the travelling exhibition featuring a stunning centre piece ‘Coat for a Boat' fishing boat clad with giant knitting. Artlink created a vibrant installation of hung sea life dominating the gallery space creating an immersive atmosphere.

Over a two month period Artlink artists worked with a range of community groups supported by Customs House and Hull City Council's Public Health department to create work for the exhibitions at Artlink and Holy Trinity Church.  These workshops were also supported by Hull and East Riding Timebankers.

Most of the work shown in Artlink's installation was created by fantastic ladies attending the Fish Friday workshops at Artlink.  They worked with different techniques and materials, particularly textile processes, through April and May with artist Bridget Murray to explore ways of representing sea-life.  These workshops were so popular we had to run 2 sessions for each activity, and we were really pleased with the wonderful results - special thanks to all of them for getting so involved!

The traditional Herring Girl style baskets were made in day long workshops with Outer Hebrides based willow farmer and weaver Dawn Susan, who travelled to Hull especially to run these sessions for us.

 Special thanks from Artlink to:

Ø  The Customs House and the Guild of Lillians for creating such an inspiring collaborative tour

Ø  Hull City Council's City Arts Unit and Clare Drury for bringing us into the project

Ø  Over 600 people and many groups in Hull who participated in the project, including Butterflies Group, Hull Memory Clinic, Lonsdale Community Centre, BCAE Friday Friends, Edinburgh St Community Centre, ORTS Lantern Group and more!

Ø  The Artlink artists involved with the projects: Nicky Dillerstone, Bridget Murray, Liz Dorton, Frances Kelly, Dawn Susan, Dianna Denton, Mandy Nelson, Harry Hodgson

Ø  Local sponsor of children's storytelling and workshops Polly Marr of The Ice Company, who enabled Artlink to collaborate with Spin Off Productions to run related storytelling and workshop activities with schools in libraries (Honor Palant, Rachel Mills, Theresa Tomlinson, Andy Hunt, and John Byron)

Ø  Holy Trinity Church for hosting the ‘Coat for a Boat' exhibition showcasing the touring element of the exhibitions and knitted/textile sea and sea-creatures created by groups and individuals in Hull, especially the support from Ken Knox & Alan Hopper

Ø  Sue McBride & Materialistics for leading the yarn bombing and the ‘knitted oil painting' activities, and The Creative & Cultural Company's POP gallery in Princes Quay for hosting them

Ø  Hull and East Riding Timebank

Ø  Local businesses who have displayed herrings in windows and been collection points for knitted sea creatures

Ø Hull and East Riding Timebank - Kate MacDonald and numerous timebankers

Ø Freedom to Tell Tales - Rupert Creed

Ø Ben Newton and members of Hull Freedom Chorus

Ø Hull Maritime Museum

Ø Hull Libraries, particularly Central Library Children's Area who hosted a drama and workshop event and have a display of children's work


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