POP (Pride Of Place)

POP (Pride Of Place) Arts Space was a project of The Creative and Cultural Company in partnership with East Street Arts. The project engaged the public, sparked debate, encouraged audience feedback and curated inclusively. With a belief in democratising contemporary arts. Enablers rather than gate keepers. POP opened on Friday 28th February 2014 at 6pm in Princes Quay Shopping Centre showcasing local talent. Over 2000 people visited in the first week and the success continued until we closed it in March 2016 with over 80,000 visitors to the space. From this project Creative & Cultural Studios evolved and C&C Gallery 1 in Princes Quay. These new spaces now carry on the work.

There were events and exhibitions regularly. With 400 artists who exhibited work at POP


The Freedom Flame 

We are very proud and honoured to have had the Freedom Flame (AKA Montgomery Torch Of Unity) based in our Creative & Cultural Artspace. The Flame could be visited daily Monday to Saturday 12:00 – 17.00 and 12:00 – 16.00 on Sundays. There was no charge for visiting the Flame whilst it resided in the space.

The artwork with poppies was a 20,000 poppy piece by Martin Waters.

The stand for the Freedom Flame was created by local master wood carver Alan Stichler.

Hull Normandy Veterans Association were given the honour of collecting the Flame from Wageningen at midnight of May 4th/5th, 2014. After bringing the Flame to Kingston upon Hull on May 8th (the 69th anniversary of the end of the war in Europe), the Flame was then presented to the Leader of Hull City Council before installation in The Creative & Cultural Artspace in Princes Quay, Hull. Our intention was for the City of Hull to house this Flame of Liberation as a mother flame which would then be distributed around the UK as daughter flames. The daughter Freedom Flames would then be used for charitable purposes and to promote freedom, peace, and unity between nations.

The good people of the City of Kingston upon Hull have a deep-seated history of fighting for what is right and good. From the English Civil War to William Wilberforce and the abolition of slavery, Hull has a long-standing tradition of fighting for freedom, both for itself and for the good of others in the world.

To celebrate the Flame’s arrival, we held a fabulous event called the Freedom Flame Celebration. This included numerous musical performances alongside a month-long exhibition of art inspired by the Flame and Freedom.


The Creative & Cultural Gateway

The Creative & Cultural Gateway was a project used to develop links, cultural partnership & arts exchanges between Hull and with other countries.

The Creative and Cultural Company were delighted to have links and partnerships with arts organisations across the world, with us creating particularly strong links in our partner towns of Rotterdam, Holland and Poland.

In 2007  Alan & Darren started developing our partnership work in Holland & Belgium, which developed into a multi-agency project, managed by Creative and Cultural Company and guided by the Creative & Cultural Gateway Steering Group. The project was for the benefit of numerous artists galleries and organisations in Hull, with the generous advice of Hull City Arts.

The Creative and Cultural Company Steering Group comprised:
Andrew Quinn, Alison Slack, Alan Raw, Lou Duffy-Howard, Anna Grzybowska, Sarah Pennington, Darren Squires, Altu Collingwood.

with group adviser Clare Drury of Hull City Arts Unit

Hull Independent Photography Gallery

World Drumming Association

Art Promoters


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