Open Bridges Workshop Pearson Primary

We’re working with our Open Bridges team to put the various parts together – the bridges, the river journey, the music premiere, and we’ve started the workshop programme.

Pearson Primary School was the destination for our first Open Bridges workshop last week. Creative writer Christina Lewis and I spent the morning with Miss Northen’s year 6 class and explored the concept of freedom and what it means to different people. We played some games – You have to taste it! and Free as  a bird.

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Miss Northen and Year 6 Pearson Primary School

Year 6 is a brilliant class and we were very impressed how everyone worked together, really thinking about what they were doing, helping each other out,  showing lots of different strengths and skills – and super teamwork.

Thanks to our workshop photographer Piotr Korczynski who took these photographs of the session. Click on an image to enlarge the photo and scroll through…

Open Bridges started when we were thinking about freedom – what it means to different people and the impact of freedom denied to so many people in the world today. We started to explore the concept that the only way to truly understand something is to experience it.


The  children told us about Children’s Rights, famous people from Hull – William Wilberforce amongst them – and drew some fabulous pictures showing what Freedom means to them. The class did a dance performance for us – great fun – and everyone wrote a piece describing the feeling of freedom that dancing, singing, and sport makes them feel.

Here is the work year six produced at the workshop. Click on an image to see the full picture and scroll through…

Thank you to Miss Northen and the class – Areefah, Paige, Illyas, Fatimah, Chadri, Paul, Harvey, Jay, Hibah, Dillon, Edward, Weronika, Kieran, Kira, Regan, Christabel, Evan and Elan – for welcoming us to join in for the morning. Pearson Primary School in Hull is a lovely school and Miss Northen’s class is fantastic.

Lou Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges: The river journey and the bridges


The River Hull runs directly through the centre of the city defining East and West Hull and the culture of the city.  No other city has so many opening bridges over such a short distance of navigable river, so this can only happen in Hull, and has never happened before. On 22nd September 2017 – the autumnal equinox when day and night are equal – three vessels will journey down the river and as they approach the mouth of the River Hull all 13 bridges will be raised simultaneously creating a symbolic wall denying the freedom of movement across the city, East or West, splitting the city in two – to be reunited when the first bridge closes. There will be a documentary film of the river journey.

As the river journey ends the music begins

John Stead’s Open Bridges live premiere performance by will be diffused in octophonic sound featuring found sounds recorded from Hull bridges movements and operations. The programme includes rare performances of music concrete work by pioneers of electronic, electroacoustic and acousmatic music – Jean-Claude Risset’s “Elementa” and Francis Dhomont’s “Cycle du Son”.

Tickets for the music premiere on Friday 22nd September at Hull Stage@The Dock, Queen Street, Hull. HU1 1UU, doors 7.30 pm, £10 available from Hull Box Office.

Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project by Duffy-Howard Music in partnership with HCC Streetscene Services taking place during the City of Culture Freedom Season.