Artist Paige Graham-Buckle, who will show some of her work's at the Open Exhibition.
Artist Paige Graham-Buckle, who will show some of her work's at the Open Exhibition.

5 things to do in Hull this weekend

Head into Hull city centre this weekend for a fantastic immersive installation and pop in to see one of the region’s biggest regular art exhibitions.

One of Hull’s most popular bands will return, while theatre and more art rounds out another cracking weekend of activities in the city.

Here are 5 things to do in Hull this weekend.

1. 2020 Open Exhibition
Ferens Art Gallery
Saturday 15 February to Sunday 26 April
Free

The 53rd exhibition celebrates some of the best artistic talent in the region, featuring more than 370 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and film produced by local amateur and professional artists.

The artwork was selected by a panel of judges consisting of visual artist Graham Dean, whose artwork is represented in the Ferens permanent collection, freelance curator Angela Kingston and Kenn Taylor, creative director at Artlink. Learn more here.

2. Model City
Hull city centre
Friday 14 to Sunday 23 February 10am-6pm
Free

Absolutely Cultured’s immersive audio installation will take over King Edward Street over half term. In this original soundscape by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones, the Children of Hull will take listeners and passers-by to alternate realities.

An immersive experience that shoppers and passers-by can stumble across as they go about their day in the city centre, or take a seat and lose themselves in the city’s children’s visions of the future. Learn more here.

3. Exploring Islamic Art: Helmets
Hull And East Riding Museum
Until Sunday 29 March
Free

Ornate helmets worn in battle by Persian Empire soldiers are on display in Hull. The collection consists of two “kulah khud” helmets worn by Persian Empire soldiers in the 18th or 19th century.

It includes headgear representing the head of a demon who was defeated by a hero from an Iranian national epic poem called the Shahnameh. Learn more here.

4. The Hubbards
The Welly Club
Saturday 15 February 6.30pm
From £6

This Hull outfit have cemented themselves as one of the city’s top bands over the past few years with day and night airplay on BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music, including an on-air interview with Fearne Cotton.

They have played headline shows around the UK, with support slots including The Pigeon Detectives, Little Comets and Skaters. Don’t miss this hometown outing. Get tickets here.

5. Heaven’s Gate
Hull Truck Theatre
Friday 14 February 8pm
From £13.50

An imagining of the final hour of four members of the real life UFO-theistic group. As they prepare for their “Graduation” to the “Kingdom of Heaven” initially the excitement is palpable, but soon the cracks start to appear. Is Heavenly Father really waiting for them on a Spaceship? Is the Earth actually about to be recycled? Was castration mandatory or not? Is Turkey Potpie an underwhelming last supper?

Fresh from sell out runs at the Great Yorkshire Fringe and the Drayton Arms Theatre London, Cosmic Collective Theatre invite you to join their Cult and ascend to the next level. For ages 14 and over. Get tickets here.

Hull City Council worker Graham Paddock with his dance partner Donna Piercy.
Open Exhibition 2020