Previous 2017 Projects:
‘We Are What We Eat’ – Saturday 7 October, 2 – 4pm
Hull and East Riding Museum and Garden Museums Quarter, HU1 1P
A day of activities and performances for all ages, inspired by the theme of ‘food’. Artists Laura Wilson, Gayle Chong Kwan, Ahilapalapa Rands and writer Dave Windass lead the day of performances and film, making, creating and participation. Produced with Humber Museums Partnership.
Gayle Chong Kwan ‘Microclimate Sensory Banquet’
The Marquee, Hull and East Riding Museum
Sensory experiences, food tastings and creative activities devised in collaboration with ‘Rooted In Hull’.
Laura Wilson ‘Milling About’ – a new film
In the Archaeology Galleries, Hull and East Riding Museum. Started 7th October, running to Sunday 3 December (Open Monday – Saturday, 10am-5pm, Sunday 11am-4.30pm). ‘Milling About’ explores the region’s history of growing grain and producing flour for baking bread.
‘Rolling’ – a live performance
Throughout the Hull and East Riding Museum and the Museums Quarter.
‘Rolling’ explores dough as a live material, continually changing and growing. ‘Rolling’ (2017) was originally commissioned by Delfina Foundation and the Royal College of Art.
Ahilapalapa Rands ‘Community Cookbook’ – recipe sharing
The Marquee, Hull and East Riding Museum
Visitors came and shared their own and their grandparent’s recipes for a new artwork being created at Sewerby Hall and Gardens, East Riding of Yorkshire, where Ahilapalapa is in residence until December.
‘Microclimate: sensory tasting banquet’ by Gayle Chong Kwan – Sunday 23 July
Gayle hosted a unique tasting experience for members of the public in the beautiful award-winning walled gardens at Normanby Hall in North Lincolnshire as part of our programme Surroundings with Humber Museums Partnership. It included tastings of food grown and prepared on-site, along with multi-sensory activities and experiences in and around the gardens.
‘Microclimate’ was a new body of artwork by Gayle Chong Kwan, which explored the history of fruit and vegetables grown onsite and included wider issues of food production, transportation and seasonality. Installations and photography were shown in the potting sheds, glasshouses, and the library of Normanby Hall, Scunthorpe, North Lincs.
Gayle Chong Kwan’s site specific work drew from the wide range of 19th-century flowers, vegetables and trainer fruit varieties are grown using traditional organic techniques in the restored Victorian walled garden at Normanby. The gardens contain a vinery, fernery, peach case and display house, along with recreated working areas, including the head gardener’s office, bothy, potting shed and tool store.
‘Hull Rises’ with Laura Wilson – 29 July, 11am – 3pm, Western Library, 262-264 Boulevard, Hull HU3 3ED
A bread-making and creative writing workshop led by poet John Wedgwood Clarke for the Hull Rises project. Visitors came prepared to get floury!
These workshops explored what bread can tell us about who we are as individuals and as a society. Visitors came prepared to get floury, talk, write and share crust, crumb and word. John was joined by visual artist Laura Wilson, who is creating a new artwork inspired by bread making for Surroundings.
‘Milling About’ a new film exploring the region’s history of growing grain and producing flour for baking bread was created by Wilson and shown at the Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull. ‘Rolling’ (2017) a live performance exploring dough as a live material was originally commissioned by Delfina Foundation and the Royal College of Art and was presented at the Surroundings showcase in the Hull Museums Quarter on the 7th October at the Hull and East Riding Museum.
Microclimate Sensory Banquet, Gayle Chong Kwan, photo credit David Chalmers
The 2017 artist advisors included social scientist Lewis Holloway, Reader In Geography at the University of Hull, who has a specialist interest in sustainability, food, farming and the countryside. Sarah Coe, scientist from the British Nutrition Foundation.
Surroundings is produced by the Humber Museums Partnership (HMP), Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire in partnership with Invisible Dust. Launching in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the programme includes international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residencies and exhibitions. Each year has a different but interrelating theme – Food, Migration and Landscape respectively. It is funded by Arts Council England through Ambitions for Excellence and Wellcome Trust Sustaining Excellence.
Humber Museums Partnership
The Humber Museums Partnership (HMP) consists of the museum services of Hull, North Lincolnshire and the East Riding. It was formed in 2014 to develop collaborative working for the purpose of delivering better services to the public. The three museum services of the Humber Museums Partnership hold extensive collections of art, archaeology, social history, rural history, maritime history and world cultures. We work together to promote the heritage of the Humber region and the wider world.
Humber Museums Partnership was awarded £547,400 through an Arts Council Ambition for Excellence for ‘Surroundings’. Launching in 2017 – the year of Hull City of Culture – the ‘Surroundings’ programme will include international public art commissions with an environmental theme, a young curator’s project, residencies and exhibitions.
John Wedgwood Clarke is a poet, lecturer and presenter of the BBC4 documentary Through the Lens of Larkin. His second poetry collection, Landfill, is published in September 2017.
Dr Melanie Giles is Senior Lecturer at the University of Manchester.
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