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Equitable Making with our More-than-human Kin

Equitable Making with our More-than-human Kin

Written by Lauren Saunders Edited by Jill Howitt IntroductionI am fully admitting to feeling a little overwhelmed and stuck since losing the clarity and focus that my MA offered, since graduation almost six months ago. I work well with self-defined briefs within an...

A Curly Wurly Research-Practice

A Curly Wurly Research-Practice

by Lauren Saunders www.laurensaundersart.co.uk   What does research as part of an artistic practice look like? What do we place value on when developing our thinking? Is there anything better than confectionery-based metaphor? Visual and participatory artist Lauren...

Seaing Monsters

Seaing Monsters

by Lee Karen Stow   A photographic response to the influence of newspaper reports of sightings of sea monsters on the Yorkshire Coast and river Humber. People see what they want to see. I see monsters in the seaweed.“… in addition to its great height, the serpent had...

Interchange

Interchange

 Words: Jill HowittThis article is about the new mural, ‘The Creation of Hull’, in the Ferensway entrance to Hull Paragon Interchange which was ‘unveiled’ in November 2023. TransPennine Express (TPE) commissioned local Hull artist Andy Pea to produce the artwork as...

Wild: MILD – Sonics For Sculptures & Other Creations

Wild: MILD – Sonics For Sculptures & Other Creations

 Words: Charlie EdenMORE INFORMATION Website: wildmildartcollaborations.wordpress.com Instagram: @SonicsForSculptures and @WildMILDartcollaborationsWild: MILD projects combine musical improvisation, life drawing, sonic sculptures, and conversation, and has developed...

Hull Culture Declares Emergency?

Hull Culture Declares Emergency?

Words: Jill Howitt This article, originally written for the Hull Friends of the Earth ECO Magazine, discusses the potential need for a local, culture-led coordination of climate efforts...In this article I’m really pleased to introduce Culture Declares Emergency,...

Hull’s Whaling Heritage Through Sewing and Song: An interview with artist Caroline Hack

Hull’s Whaling Heritage Through Sewing and Song: An interview with artist Caroline Hack

In April Hull Maritime launches a new series of pop-up exhibitions with A-Fishing for the Whale by artist Caroline Hack. The exhibition features three textile works, which are on display from 12-26 April 2023 in Princes Quay Shopping Centre, and a newly commissioned work-in-progress piece inspired by Hull’s folk music heritage, on display at a film screening and meet-the-artist event at Ferens Art Gallery on Wednesday 19 April 2023.
In this interview, Hull Maritime’s Charlotte Tomlinson sits downs with Caroline Hack to talk about commissioning the exhibition, learn more about the works on display, and explore Hack’s connection to Hull’s maritime past and present.

Confidence in Line

Confidence in Line

Critical thinking and artistic responses from Elloughton Primary School Pupils Hull artist and Fish co-director Lauren Saunders engaged in a short residency at Elloughton Primary School in November 2022. Year 3 and 4 pupils were introduced to some of the theoretical...

Life/Death/Life

Life/Death/Life

It’s not only the point itself that cycles through birth-death-rebirth at Spurn. Things people once cherished, or at least used with purpose, often become stranded here. Having lived with us, their usefulness gone, ephemera are brought and buried by the tides. Eventually uncovered one day by a storm, discovered by a passer-by, do they live again?

Wading In Still Waters

Wading In Still Waters

This research project came about through a conversation with Jill Howitt, who offered me the opportunity to explore a short body of research related to Hull and its location near the water. I began writing it in late March, just as the winter frost had begun to lift and the last of the icy patches that lingered on muddy paths were melting back into puddles…

Rooting for the Tree

Rooting for the Tree

Keith Key is an artist from Hull currently studying the Access Course at Hull College. The following statement forms the starting point for his work as he introduces the poetry and artwork that we are delighted to feature in The Critical Fish. "I am an artist,...

The Geopoetics of Drawing

The Geopoetics of Drawing

Bio: Lauren is a visual artist whose work is inspired by ecological research and her own connection to the Earth. She explores questions surrounding environmental ethics within her highly experimental and philosophy-inspired drawing practice. Website:...

Understanding Place

Understanding Place

I have moved many times throughout my life, starting anew in a place and forming attachments to people and the environment. There are some places I think of fondly and feel more at home in than others, that feature more prominently in the story of my life. The original question that started this particular chapter was whether I could ever truly understand a place if I was not from there…

Spurn

Spurn

According to one theory, the eroding boulder clay coastline, harsh North Sea and tidal conditions brings about the destruction of the Spurn Point formation in (roughly) 250 year cycles. This cycle of destruction and rebirth (of living on the edge, submerging, then floating…) of the Spurn is something I wanted to explore through photography…

School walk out

School walk out

Recent reports have highlighted the shocking extent of sexual harassment and violence in schools, so we are very grateful for this timely article by Evan Chapman and Ilsa Hartley in response to the death of Sarah Everard in March this year. This article includes an interview, short film and photographs. Ilsa and Evan have since left school and we wish them both well for the future.

Open Bridges

Open Bridges

Open Bridges made history when for the first and only time all the bridges over the river Hull were raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two at 20:17 hours on the autumn equinox, 22nd September 2017.

European Howl, Agent Starling

European Howl, Agent Starling

Thank you to Agent Starling – Quentin Budworth and Lou Duffy Howard – for this article about their new album European Howl. Quentin tells us about the varied musical influences plucked from different cultures and times, and how this album kicks against the isolationism of Brexit, aswell as the process of working and collaborating during lockdown. In this article you will also find soundtrack and video links as well as the beautiful album cover by Anna Kirk Smith.

Touch

Touch

Touch is a video installation. Janine Antoni created a makeshift tightrope between two trees on the beach in front of her childhood home in the Bahamas. In the video the trees which support the rope at either end are out of sight so the rope spans the screen and is set horizontally parallel to it.

Lumina

Lumina

 Introduction: Jill Howitt Images: Andy Hazell and Carolyn Mendelsohn Text: Emily Wilczek On this page and gallery, alongside showcasing new art and writing, we are also featuring art projects from the recent past that explored the relationship between the city/region...

Spurn Residency 2018

Spurn Residency 2018

Lou collaborated with artists and musicians to produce an exciting collection of text, audio, film and visual work. We are so grateful to Lou to be able to feature some of the work here.

All is connected – Shorelines Project

All is connected – Shorelines Project

The Critical Fish are excited to see the second Shorelines mural, painted on the glass frontage (like a giant goldfish bowl) of an empty unit inside Hull Paragon station. This piece brings the outside in, the sea to the land and warns of a submerged future if we don’t attend to climate crisis now.

Sea; The Remains Between

Sea; The Remains Between

We are so pleased to include photographs and film by Estabrak. These images are research studies taken during the production of Sea; the remains between, which was exhibited at the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, November 2019 to February 2020, in collaboration with Invisible Dust

The Sea Cannot Be Depleted

The Sea Cannot Be Depleted

A man and a woman speak from the edge of the water at either side of the estuary and a diver plunges beneath the surface where nuclear waste has been dumped or placed.

The Shorelines Project

The Shorelines Project

We were so excited to see the first mural of The Shorelines Project appear on the side of Hull College and to read about how the project, which combines art, community, and climate activism, will unfold.