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!

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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

Open Bridges Film and Exhibition Launch

We are delighted with the launch of the Open Bridges film and exhibition yesterday, thanks to the whole team! It was a packed house at Kardomah94 to see the film and then over to Scale Lane Bridge for the opening for the exhibition. The Open Bridges film is made by Humber Film Creative Community and Octovision … Continue reading Open Bridges Film and Exhibition Launch

Shots from the Night Sky

Open Bridges: For the first time in the city’s history all 13 of Hull’s bridges raised, swung or closed simultaneously splitting the city in two at 20:17 hours on the autumnal equinox 2017 during Hull City of Culture’s Freedom Season. These stunning stills from Octovision Media's drone footage show the  powerful tugs with search lights … Continue reading Shots from the Night Sky

Open Bridges Jigsaw

Operationally the logistics required to make Open Bridges happen presented many challenges. Every challenge was overcome and when the city had separated and reunited,  and the vessels sailed out into the darkness of the Humber, the world premiere of John Stead's new musique concrète work took place before a capacity audience at Hull's Stage at … Continue reading Open Bridges Jigsaw

SMS Towage Scotsman

Thanks to Paul Escreet, Graham Hackney, Vince and Tim of SMS Towage for an eye-opening tour of Alexandra dry dock and a visit to The Scotsman undergoing her 5 yearly scheduled 'MOT'. SMS Towage Scotsman photographs  by Richard Duffy-Howard When we saw the tugs and the brand new SMS Superman at Open Bridges waiting in … Continue reading SMS Towage Scotsman

Open Bridges Adventures

Open Bridges Hull: "A truly memorable evening when we all worked together to overcome the odds and produce something spectacular. Thanks to all that made this possible and to our VIP guests"  HMS Pickle Captain Mal Nicholson There were so many adventures during Open Bridges, and everyone who was part of it had a different … Continue reading Open Bridges Adventures

Moments in Time by John Stead

We were delighted when BAFTA winning composer John Stead accepted our request to compose a new musical work as the culmination of Open Bridges to take place during the freedom season of Hull's City of Culture year. The world premiere of John's piece, Moments in Time was a wonderful, quite surreal experience.  The music, diffused … Continue reading Moments in Time by John Stead

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 … Continue reading Illustrations by Brett Hambling

Open Bridges Copyright Richard Duffy-Howard

Tapestry of Threads

Hull – Friday 22nd September 2017 #OpenBridgesHull 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 are met by powerful 21st century tugs. It’s an exploration of the … Continue reading Tapestry of Threads

National News

Open Bridges: We are very pleased to get a mention in The Times today.  “Just occasionally things go right and the cynics are confounded. There were plenty of the latter around when run down and much maligned Hull was announced as City Of Culture for 2017. Yet with the year two-thirds over, the results are … Continue reading National News

Open Bridges at the Stage at the Dock

The culmination of Open Bridges is the world premiere of a new acousmatic composition ‘Moments in Time’ by Hull based BAFTA award winning composer John Stead. Electro Acoustic Ensemble director, John will diffuse the live music - featuring found sounds recorded from Hull bridge opening mechanisms - in octophonic sound at TheStage@TheDock The programme includes … Continue reading Open Bridges at the Stage at the Dock

Mustering On The Hull

Open Bridges: On Friday 22nd September three beautiful vessels will muster on the Hull. This is the first time vessels representing 3 centuries will be seen on the Hull together: the Schooner – 18th century, Humber Keel – 19th century and Motor Barge – 20th century. They will be met on the Humber by 21st … Continue reading Mustering On The Hull

Kaleido-Bridges

We’re delighted to be working with Octovision Media, astonishing aerial shots, qualified pilots, breathtaking images, and from Hull. We love this amazing film of Stoneferry Bridges like you’ve never seen before for Open Bridges. Open Bridges: For the first time in Hull’s history the city will be split in two when all Hull’s 13 bridges will … Continue reading Kaleido-Bridges

Listening to Hull’s Bridges

We're delighted to be working with composer John Stead for the the Open Bridges music commission which will be premiered on 22nd September at the Stage@theDock. It's going to be amazing and we're very excited about it.  We've known John for a long time, but a chance meeting and effusive conversation in the supermarket aisle … Continue reading Listening to Hull’s Bridges

The Bridges of Hull – a Love Story

We are delighted that Open Bridges is go, full steam ahead. It's easy to remember the date - the autumnal equinox, Friday 22nd September 2017. We're working with our various project partners to make it all happen. But let's start with a story, a lovely piece of writing by Humber Keel Comrade's Sailing Master, John … Continue reading The Bridges of Hull – a Love Story