Illustrations by Brett Hambling

It was great to see Brett at Open Bridges. We bumped into each other again at Douglas Dunn’s poetry reading at Hull Central Library this week and he gave us a bookful of the illustrations he drew while he was at Open Bridges. If you were there, you may have seen Brett constantly sketching what was going on around him.  Here’s a selection of his illustrations. We love how they capture the evening – the iconic sights of Hull that night, The Deep, the tidal barrier, the ships, the thirteenth rocket flare in the sky from HMS Pickle, Humber Rescue and the SMS Towage and Svitzer tugs. You can see how the spray from the water cannons has smudged some of the drawings (it was an immersive experience).  We can recognise individual people,  John Stead at the helm of the desk, Callum from HPSS and the cool guy in the hat. He even caught us introducing the evening. Have a look, click on the drawing…


Rich & Lou Duffy-Howard

Open Bridges is a whole tapestry of threads. It’s a celebration of the lifeblood of the city, the River Hull and its 13 movable bridges – more than any other city. Beautiful historic vessels representing three centuries – 18th century HMS Pickle, 19th century Humber Keel Comrade and 20th century MV Syntan mustered on the River Hull, met on the Humber by powerful 21st century tugs from SMS Towage and Svitzer. Open Bridges is an exploration of the notion of freedom during the City of Culture’s Freedom Season. The culmination of Open Bridges – the live world premiere of John Stead’s new musical work, Moments in Time was magical. And the city momentarily split in two – for the first time ever.

Open Bridges is an independent all Hull based project by Duffy-Howard Music taking place during the Hull City of Culture Freedom Season. We are delighted that every aspect of planning and delivery of Open Bridges is by people in Hull.