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9th February 2022

The Hull Maritime project has teamed up with two local community arts groups to continue delivery of a range of maritime themed creative taster sessions.

The taster sessions began in 2021 and will culminate at the end of 2024 when the Hull Maritime Museum will be getting ready to reopen. The workshops will place in local venues across the city and enable people to gain new skills or develop an interest in arts and crafts whilst also helping them to learn about the maritime heritage of Hull.

Visual artists Jemma Brown and Rachel Elm, who have a long history of working together on a number of projects delivered by Artlink Hull, Hull School of Art and Design, Hull City of Culture 2017 and the Amy Johnson Festival, began the workshops in 2021 delivering sea monster clay modelling sessions and knot tying workshops, amongst others. They will continue working with underrepresented audiences this year, and will be joined by #WeMadeThis, a Hull-based community group specialising in large-scale craft projects.

From folklore, legends and myths to sailor superstition and traditions and techniques connected with the River Humber and the wider seas, workshop content will be linked to Hull’s maritime heritage, local Hull characters and artefacts from the Hull Maritime collection.

Workshops will include traditional creative making skills alongside contemporary artistic techniques such as printmaking, wreath making, weaving, Illustration (triptych storytelling), stop motion animation/ sound and 3D model making.

Councillor Daren Hale, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “We’re delighted to have joined forces with these two local community arts groups. They both have a strong track record of delivering engaging workshops with local communities and based on the success of last year’s programme, we’re looking forward to continuing to work with them.

“Alongside the extensive capital programme, the Hull Maritime project will also deliver a wide-ranging activity programme that aims to offer learning, training and employment opportunities linked to Hull’s rich maritime heritage. These workshops are just one element of the programme that will encourage residents and visitors to be part of this maritime journey.

“These taster sessions will allow people from across the city to try new creative and artistic skills whilst also learning about Hull’s maritime story and its relationship to the water, rivers and sea.”

Janet Adamson, Secretary of #WeMadeThis, said: "#wemadethishull are thrilled to be working in partnership with Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City to deliver crafty taster sessions. Delivered in our usual ‘across the city, in the community way’, they offer opportunities to learn new skills with a maritime focus and have fun in the making.”

The first Nautic'Hull Alphabet workshop with #wemadethis gets underway on 14 February. Book your free place here.