BP worked 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.
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.
The opening season, ‘Made In Hull’ lectures, focused 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.
Martin kicked off the lecture series outlining the challenges and obstacles he faced on his journey from Head of Ceremonies at the London 2012 Olympics to CEO & Director of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Richard Bean’s riotous new comedy The Hypocrite recounted 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) joined Erica Whyman (RSC Deputy Artistic Director) to discuss the joint project and look back at their careers so far.
08 February 2017: Mark Babych, Richard Bean and Erica Whyman
Stuart Pearson-Wright, headline making, artist and BP Portrait Award winner, compared to the likes of Wiliam Blake and Stanley Spencer gave us a chance to take an intimate look at his creative journey.
The ‘Roots and Routes’ season explored 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.
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.
19 April 2017: Richard Twose
Deborah delivered a 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 May 2017: Deborah Bull
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.
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.
Nick Cullinan, the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, London looked at his journey from inspiration to creativity.
Wednesday 19 July: Nick Cullinan
Kevin O’Hare shared his incredible 40-year journey from dancer to Director of the Royal Ballet as the Company prepared to take to the stage at the newly opened Hull New Theatre.
Wednesday 16 August: Kevin O’Hare
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.
World Record holder and current Paralympic and World Champion, Richard Whitehead MBE talked about his belief in living life without limits, leading him to become one of the world’s best sprinters.
Wednesday 20 September: Richard Whitehead MBE
Alex Beard CBE, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House was joined in conversation with Peter Mather, BP Group Regional President for Europe to discuss their journies from inspiration to creativity.
Wednesday 4 October: Alex Beard in conversation with Peter Mather
Writer, historian, curator and former Director of the National Portrait Gallery discussed how engagement with art in Britain has fundamentally changed over the over the past forty years.
Wednesday 18 October 2017: Sandy Nairne
Archaeologist and British Museum curator Dr St John Simpson talked about his life and current role as a senior curator working in the Museum’s Middle East department.
Wednesday 15 November 2017: St John Simpson
Looking at the journey from inspiration to creativity Clara Drummond, the winner of the first prize for the BP Portrait Award 2016 focussing on the impact of winning the award on her life and career.
Wednesday 06 December 2017: Clara Drummond
Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum Group focussed on the improtnace of arts and culture and the positive impact it can make to a person's life.
Wednesday 13 December 2017: Ian Blatchford