As a longstanding investor in culture, BP recognises that the experience of new ideas has the power to inspire and innovate and is proud that its support of #Hull2017 brings together its commitment to the Humber region with a wider celebration of excellence and access to the arts
BP has been working in partnership with Hull 2017 and the University of Hull to produce a world class programme of free public events throughout the year. One of these programmes is a series of lectures based around four themed seasons.
“BP has a strong affinity with Hull. There have been operations on our site at Saltend for over 100 years and in 2017 we will celebrate 50 years of BP in Hull.” Peter Mather, Group Regional Vice President, Europe and Head of Country for BP
The lectures will be a unique opportunity to follow the creative journey of some of the UK’s leading cultural visionaries. Find out what first inspired them to follow their path, what challenges they faced in their careers and how those challenges shaped them into the person they are today.
Why not start your New Year off with a cultural kick and sign up for one of our lectures today and join Hull in celebrating innovation and passion.
Season 1: Made in Hull (January – March)
The opening season, ‘Made In Hull’ lectures, will focus on the many magnificent things Hull makes, from theatre, music and poetry to wind turbines and caravans. Hull has long inspired great ideas, great people and great artists.
19 January 2017: Martin Green, Chief Executive & Director at Hull 2017
Come and listen to the challenges and the obstacles Martin faced on his journey from Head of Ceremonies at the London 2012 Olympics to CEO & Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017
08 February 2017: Mark Babych, Richard Bean and Erica Whyman
Richard Bean’s riotous new comedy The Hypocrite recounts a defining moment in the city’s history. Award-winning theatre director Mark Babych (Artistic Director of Hull Truck Theatre) and acclaimed Hull-born playwright Richard Bean (One Man, Two Guvnors) join Erica Whyman (RSC Deputy Artistic Director) to discuss the joint project and look back at their careers so far.
15 February 2017: Stuart Pearson-Wright
Stuart Pearson-Wright, headline making, artist and BP Portrait Award winner, compared to the likes of Wiliam Blake and Stanley Spencer will be giving us a chance to take an intimate look at his creative journey. Be part of the conversation around a cultural vision for the future.
Season 2: Routes and Roots (April – June)
The second season, ‘Roots and Routes’ will explore Hull’s connections and its place in the networked, globalised and digital world. With a distinctive international flavour, new partnerships and collaborations will rub up against old friends.
19 April 2017: Richard Twose
In 2014 Richard was awarded second prize at the BP Portrait Award in the National Portrait Gallery. Ben Luke described Richard’s painting as having an elusive, poetic quality. Watch a recording of Richard's recent lecture and find out what makes him tick.
24 May 2017: Deborah Bull
Come and listen to Deborah talk about her extraordinary career, first as performer, dancing with The Royal Ballet and, more recently, as creative leader and cultural commentator. In 2001, she joined the Royal Opera House Executive to devise and implement strategies for developing new art, new artists and new audiences, becoming Creative Director in 2008 and taking the lead on the organisation’s Olympic programming.
24 June 2017: Sir Andrew Motion
Sir Andrew Motion FRSL is an English poet, novelist, and biographer, who was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009. During the period of his laureateship, Motion founded the Poetry Archive, an online resource of poems and audio recordings of poets reading their own work.
Season 3: Freedom (July – September)
Hull played a pivotal role in the emancipation movement. It helped ignite the still unfinished global journey towards equality and social justice for all. Hull has always attracted creative risk takers and rule breakers; it is a place that seems to inspire rebellion and freedom of thought, not bound by the conventions of others, a place of pioneers.
Wednesday 19 July - Nick Cullinan
Looking at the journey from inspiration to creativity featuring Nick Cullinan, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Wednesday 16 August – Kevin O’Hare
Kevin O’Hare shares his incredible 40-year journey from dancer to Director of the Royal Ballet as the Company prepares to take to the stage at the soon-to-reopen Hull New Theatre.
Season 4: Tell the World (October – December)
Looking to the future, exploring what’s next. How will Hull redefine itself as a key city within the Northern Powerhouse? It will be a confident city, a city reborn and a people on the up. As 2017 draws to a close you can tell this is the start of something special for Hull and something the world should hear.
Wednesday 20 September - Richard Whitehead MBE
Join World Record holder and current Paralympic and World Champion, Richard Whitehead MBE in conversation. The British athlete and double leg amputee has always held a strong belief in living life without limits, leading him to become one of the world’s best sprinters.
Wednesday 4 October - Alex Beard in conversation with Peter Mather
Looking at the journey from inspiration to creativity featuring Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, in conversation with Peter Mather, BP Group Regional President for Europe.
Wednesday 18 October 2017 - Sandy Nairne
Looking at the journey from inspiration to creativity featuring Sandy Nairne, Historian and Curator and former Director of the National Portrait Gallery.
Wednesday 15 November 2017 - St John Simpson
Looking at the journey from inspiration to creativity featuring St John Simpson, assistant keeper at the department of the Middle East at the British Museum.
Wednesday 13 December 2017 - Ian Blatchford
Looking at the journey from inspiration to creativity featuring Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group.