If you’ve ever sat through a history class in Hull, chances are you were never told that this is a city that told a King to get stuffed, threw 600 oranges at a goalkeeper during a major football match, and produced a group of mascara-wearing musicians who conquered the world of music. But now, thanks to a free city-centre art exhibition, you’ll learn all about that (and a lot more) from ‘Hull Truths’ – a showcase of local artist Mike Emberton’s wonderfully quirky interpretation of our great city’s past
‘The Gently Daft World of Mike Emberton’ kicks off at Queens House Showcase on Hull’s Paragon St (opp Hull Cheese pub) with a private viewing on June 14th from 6-8pm, where the entirety of Mike’s Hull Truths illustrations will be on view alongside his other wonderful creations – including a ‘Punk Rocker’ rocking chair which has to be seen to be believed. The exhibition will be open free to the public every Thursday & Friday from 11am to 4pm until July 9th.
Supported by Creative ENRG, (the specialist business support programme for arts & culture in Hull & East Riding), Emberton’s work has already created quite a stir and gained plaudits from fans as diverse as ex-deputy PM John Prescott and City of Culture chair Rosie Millard who described his ‘Hull Truths’ collection as “Well crafted, witty and truly original!”
A former deck-hand, probation officer and builder, Mike has a very philosophical view of his work: “A light-hearted sense of daftness is central to all my creative endeavours. I just try to do the best work I possibly can and make as many people as possible smile along the way
Have YOU got a Hull Truth you think needs telling?
As part of the exhibition, Mike is launching a competition inviting the people of Hull to tell him their own Hull Truths – your own little bit of quirky Hull history that has perhaps been overlooked and can be brought to life as one of his ‘Hull Truths’ illustrations. The best three suggestions will be drawn and auctioned for charity. Bring your suggestion to Mike’s exhibition or email him on firstname.lastname@example.org or you can simply catch him and his ‘Hull Truths’ barrow on Humber St most Saturday afternoons.
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