Thanks Everyone!

The Open Bridges exhibition had its last day inside Scale Lane Bridge before we finalise its next home. We've been open every Saturday in January and February and welcomed 2000 visitors.Thanks to James Hoggarth and Sally Fairfax for inviting us to BBC Radio Humberside this morning to talk about the project and exhibition. Lots of … Continue reading Thanks Everyone!


Hull Tidal Barrier Takes Flight

This is a view of Hull Tidal Barrier never seen before, the latest of Rich's 'Engines and Insects' photographic images for Open Bridges. Rich took the original photograph of the underside of the Tidal Barrier from the deck of the MV Syntan as they sailed down the river for the Open Bridges test run. The images … Continue reading Hull Tidal Barrier Takes Flight

John Peel Hull & Humber

Twenty years ago I showed the late great John Peel around Hull for a TV show. Here we are talking about how the river has influenced the culture of the city, about music in Hull and our independence. Great footage includes a trip to the Adelphi club, and a look round the graffiti art warehouse … Continue reading John Peel Hull & Humber


Unravelling Banksy

Cool to see this post in Graffiti Street, international urban art website, unravelling the Banksy artwork in Hull. Click to read the feature: Open Bridges is an independent Hull based project. Stop Press! Due to popular demand the Open Bridges exhibition at Scale Lane Bridge is extended to Saturdays during February (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) 11.00 am … Continue reading Unravelling Banksy


Bridge Exhibition Notes #1

We’ve had many visitors to the Open Bridges exhibition at Scale Lane Bridge and many fascinating conversations with local people who’ve worked the river for years as well as  visitors from out of town. One of the recurring themes is the importance and the beauty of the river Hull from different perspectives such as "it’s … Continue reading Bridge Exhibition Notes #1


A Ghostly View

Open Bridges Hull - excerpts of Moments in Time, the world premiere of the live musique concrete diffusion for Open Bridges by John Stead. Autumn equinox 2017 A ghostly view of the world premiere of the new acousmatic composition for Open Bridges. Electro Acoustic Ensemble director, John diffused the live music featuring found sounds of … Continue reading A Ghostly View


Banksy in Hull?!!

Another ace post from @AmeliaInHull , a great piece of writing, clear and articulate, well thought out and explained. And how cool!

Amelia in Hull

Hey guys!! A couple of days ago, a piece of original Banksy art work appeared overnight on Scott Street Bridge in Hull and so far the response from the general public has been very mixed. In case you didn’t know, Banksy is an anonymous, British grafitti artist who first popped up in his home town of Bristol during the 1990s. He spray painted trains and walls throughout the city which is well known for its creative street art and graffiti before expanding his graffiti beyond Bristol in the 2000s and sharing it all around the world. Lots of people have tried to unmask this mysterious artist’s identity over the years but to avoid going to prison for vandalizing buildings with their graffiti, its crucial that Banksy stays anonymous. Banksy takes inspiration from a French graffiti artist called Blek le Rat who is fond of using stencils in his art work…

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Open Bridges Exhibition Extended to Saturdays in February

Due to popular demand the Open Bridges exhibition at Scale Lane Bridge is extended to Saturdays during February (3rd, 10th, 17th and 24th) 11.00 am to 3.00 pm. Free entry. All welcome, come and have a look round. The exhibition covers all elements of Open Bridges and art photography exhibition of Open Bridges images inspired by Horst … Continue reading Open Bridges Exhibition Extended to Saturdays in February


Film Night on board Spider T

We had a magical evening at the first Open Bridges film night on board the splendid Super Sloop Spider T last night. Rich & I met up with honoured guest Her Majesty's Lord Lieutenant for the East Riding of Yorkshire to view the Open Bridges exhibition at Scale Lane Bridge. Following the exhibition viewing we made … Continue reading Film Night on board Spider T


‘Open Bridges’ Interview with Rich and Lou Duffy Howard

Thanks to @ameliainhull for this write up of Open Bridges, ‘an insight to the crazy but amazing night when the city of Hull split in two for the first time’. Check out Amelia’s eloquent blog. She’s been to loads of events and I love reading her genuine and charming descriptions which tell the story as it is.

Amelia in Hull

Hey guys!! This is my third post that links in with the ‘Open Bridges’ event which happened originally back in September. Lou and Rich Duffy Howard, the creators of the event, have very kindly agreed to be interviewed for my blog so a massive thank you to both of them. Hopefully, after reading this post, you will have even more insight to the origin of the ‘Open Bridges’ event and you will have got to know Lou and Rich a bit better. You can read my previous posts about ‘Open Bridges’ eventhereandhereand you can check out Rich and Lou’s bloghere.


  • HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPT FOR THE ‘OPEN BRIDGES’ EVENT? Rich: Lou and I were having a conversation about freedom and the Freedom Festival, Brexit and freedom of movement and how you can’t understand…

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