You only need to take a short walk around Hull to recognise what a creative city it is. Stunning murals and jaw-dropping graffiti are everywhere, and more often than not you’ll stumble across an intriguing installation, whether you’re in the city centre or strolling through a local estate. This week, we thought we’d share some of the best creative hubs located in Hull that are dedicated to helping your artistic side to flourish.
For those looking to take part in some hands-on courses, the Feral Art School offers a variety of quality experiences for people over 18 who are passionate about engaging with and creating their own artwork. The school is run by a group of professional artists and educators who are dedicated to encouraging participants to experiment with different styles, ensuring that you’re able to create something you can be proud of and perhaps even sell.
One of the best things about Feral Art School is that no previous experience is required to secure a place on any of their courses – everyone is welcome to join in no matter what their skill level. Most of their courses last for six weeks and cost around £60 per person, making it an affordable way to explore a range of techniques. Our designer, Emma, loves the place, so we recommend it highly.
If you’re more interested in the occasional one-off creative session, MakerspaceHull gives people the opportunity to explore the arts, science, technology and engineering, either independently or by joining a group. Hosted in Hull Central Library, the space gives attendees access to loads of top-notch manual, digital and electronic equipment, and there’s always a team of skilled staff on hand to provide support and guidance if you need it. (The image above is of a member of Brick by Brick, a local theatre company who are using MakerspaceHull to develop their new show Omni-Science. This tech-filled show is perfect for humans aged 6 to 600 – make sure to check it out.)
Another creative staple of the city is the ScrapStore. A favourite amongst those who work with young people, it was first set up way back in 1988 and is run by a small team of friendly staff and a number of dedicated volunteers.
The ScrapStore itself is a wonderland of craft materials, providing everything from fabrics to art supplies, plus it’s super affordable – a trolley full of artsy delights will only set you back around £5. As well as providing materials, the team also run a large number of school workshops, community groups and family events, keeping the entire city inspired through the arts.
Now, if you’ll excuse us, we’re off to dig out our decorating overalls. Anyone got a paintbrush we can borrow?