The work of visual artist Lou Hazelwood revolves around memory - in particular, creating images that appear familiar and evoke a sense of nostalgic comfort or provoke feelings of uncertainty and unease.
The current works are suggestive of magic lantern slides of British and Germanic origin, the sort that were the height of entertainment and fascination during the Victorian era.
The visual impressions have an elusive quality yet trigger forgotten memories of childhood; faerie tale illustrations - the familiar colour palette, images of farmyard animals in human
apparel with human-like attributes, the very essence of faerie tale narrative.
This connection between the real and the imaginary introduces another thread that runs through the work, that being the idea of transformation.
As a child we lap up the anthropomorphism, from Chicken Licken and the teddy bears picnic to playing with dolls, action figures and more. Now, as an adult, the images are less friendly and benign; they begin to create a sense of unease.
There is knowledge at work here, knowledge of deep seated truths and twisted morality. The macabre and the magic - the rules that are broken - all those carefully concealed things that lie at the heart of
faerie tales, are overshadowing our once innocent delight.
The images are, for the most part, circular in form giving them the slight suggestion of a specimen slide under a microscope. The enlarging of the original image helps create a textured bleeding quality to the image and supports this idea of looking into a hidden world.
Some of the layered images Lou has created are best appreciated by standing a little way from then in order to let the image settle or unsettle the eye. The partial obscuring of the original image either by using elliptic forms or manipulating the image physically, adds to the mystery and secrets within the image and the need to fill in the black spaces.
Lou Hazelwood's current show, Part-Coded can be seen in the gallery at Hull Central
Library until 18th November. She is also running a project as part of the Humbermouth Literature Festival starting Friday 8th November.
Magic Lan-Transformations is a project developed by Lou Hazelwood working with local children and libraries to re-work old imagery into new narratives and creating realisations of 'I have a dream'
Lou Hazelwood has exhibited new work both in this country and abroad during 2013 as part of AA2A (Artists Access to Art Colleges); a national scheme that allows visual artists facilities to research or realise a project.
Poets in Hull are looking forward to two important dates in the Cultural calendar. The first is Friday 8th November and the launch for the annual Humber Mouth Literature Festival.
The literary launch takes place Friday evening at Hull Central Library.
For the past month poets have been working,
News - Try Reading - Free Poetry Workshops
Write to Speak in association with Hull Libraries presents Try Reading Poetry, an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming poets that are looking to perform their work in public.
To coincide with Rugby League World Cup matches that are taking place in Hull in October and November, Hull Central Library is hosting a series of
workshops that culminate in a special performance at the launch of the Humber Mouth Literature Festival.
News, Arts - Write To Speak Presents ... at Heads Up Festival - Saturday 28 September 2013
Saturday 28 September 2013`,
Holy Trinity Church, Market Place, Hull, HU1 1RR
Following four years development of local poetry, Write to Speak and thisisUll present an evening showcasing some of the best and brightest of Hull’s spoken word community.
News, Arts - Heads Up Festival
By Michelle Dee
A while ago I spoke about my love for the Arts in an article called ‘Theatre in Hull – A Lifelong Passion'. The piece concludes that in order to flourish, theatre-makers must keep innovating, challenging audiences and companies alike while finding a sustainable balance between populist and specialist work.
News - Well I Never Knew That - Guided History Walks With Barry Leonard By Michelle Dee
Photos Courtesy Gavin Hewitt
Reconnect with past through a season of guided tours around historic Hull.
Well I Never...! invites walkers to explore the Old Town in the company of Barry Leonard who is stoutly passionate about his hometown.
Beginning his working life in the early seventies, the young Barry spent four years at RP Carmichaels, where he worked alongside
Hugh Rice and John Fearnley.
News, Arts Hull Poet, Mike Watts' Latest Collection Available Now
Published by Burning Eye Books
Slip Between The Covers Of A New Collection Day and Night in the Damaged Goods Factory is the new collection of poetry from Hull writer Mike Watts.
Available now from Amazon, Burning Eye Books and Waterstones Hull.
Raw and heartfelt, this uncompromising poetry is about fighting your corner, counting down the hours and dreaming of making it to
the end of the week. Cynical, yet celebratory, Day and Night in the Damaged Goods Factory is about surviving and savouring each moment.
News, Arts - Three Million Pound Boost to City's Cultural Economy
By Michelle Dee
Creative industries in Hull will be celebrating tonight at the announcement of a three million pound grant from Arts Council England.
The Creative People and Places program was set up to aid more people to experience and be inspired by the arts irrespective of where they live or their social background.
Hull's bid aims to build upon existing arts provision while finding new ways to engage people in arts and culture activities.
News - Former BAE SYSTEMS Brough employee to reinvent the fishing trip
A new website aims to become the definitive website for the fishing community.
www.fishingadviser.co.uk was launched by a Brough-based businessman, Martin Credland on 1st May with a passion to reinvent the way that people plan and organise their fishing trips.
The site will become realised with the help of Martin's project partner Breon Snowdon of Real Design Studios of Hull who is providing specialist design and website support.
News, Arts - Dale Theatre Company presents New Hull Drama Double Bill at The New Adelphi from Wednesday 15 May 2013
Two new Hull plays that pack an entertaining, emotional punch will open in the city during May.
One act plays; A Delicate Man, by Beverley writer Joanna Morris and 7Iron, by Hull-based Julian Woodford
premiere at the New Adelphi on May 15 for a limited run, along with new music by local songwriter Martin Clappison.
'A Delicate Man is about a brilliant, creative academic who ends up homeless and unable to live within
News, Arts - Neil Cook Digital Photographer - One of A Kind Casting a digital eye over the city of Hull
I can't recall the first time I noticed Neil Cook's images on my newsfeed, but for the past half year I've enjoyed a steady stream of
city-views, urban landscapes and quieter, introspective photographic studies.
The city of Hull has many familiar landmarks, whether it is the iconic Humber Bridge; the jutting prow of The Deep;
the Wren-inspired domes on City Hall or the Queens Court Fountain radiating outwards.
News, Arts Write to Speak presents Northern Elements with Kate Fox - Sunday 3rd March 2013 at Fruit
An evening of spoken word featuring a headline set from Radio 4 Saturday Live regular
Kate Fox, Write to Speak presents: Northern Elements is part of a pioneering Arts Council initiative to develop spoken word throughout the North.
Produced in conjunction with Fruit and the ARC in Stockton-on-Tees, this special show is part of a series of events that will be taking place at different venues throughout the North during March.
News, Arts New Media: Old Ideas Collide On Six Degrees of Harry Campaign By Michelle Dee
Hull based Film company One For Courage Productionsare using converging marketing techniques to raise awareness and promote their debut Short Film, Harry's Ransom.
The promotion campaign for the film is called Six Degrees of Harryand uses real life and online connectivity to generate interest
in the new work scheduled for release in Spring 2013.
News, Arts Lucy Beaumont Wins Top Comedy Award By Michelle Dee
Lucy Beaumont from Hull has won BBC Radio 2 New Comedy Award 2012: the nationwide search to find the best new stand-up comedy talent in the UK.
The heats for the annual competition were held in venues across the country between August and October 2012. Lucy Beaumont made it all the way to the finals
held at the Grand Theatre, Blackpool.
News, Arts - Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations at The Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2012 - 23rd June 2012 to 7th July 2012
Fresh Ink and Write to Speak in association with Hull City Council, Hull Truck, Fruit and thisisUll.com present:
Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations is a series of spoken word events and workshops that will take
place between 23rd June and 7th July at the Humber Mouth Literature Festival 2012.
Featuring performances from punk poetry pioneer, John Cooper Clarke, American bard of the factory
worker, Fred VossRead more...
News, Arts - Poetry/Spoken Word - Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations Performance Poetry Workshops
Calling all poets...
Would you like to take part in a bold series of poetry events as part of the Humber Mouth Literature festival?
Would you like the opportunity to perform your work at Hull Truck?
Would you like the opportunity to see your work published?
Fresh Ink and Write to Speak present: Hard Rhymes and Great Exclamations,
an ambitious poetry initiative to encourage a new generation of spoken word talent.