Hullywood Icons

Quentin Budworth

Lens based Artist Quentin Budworth is looking for participants locations and venues for an exciting visual arts project happening in Hull in 2017. Hullywood Icons will recreate iconic moments from Hollywood films with the people of Hull in the City of Hull. The work will be exhibited prominently throughout the city and be featured in the media.

There are several ways to be involved with the project:

Participation in the project as a subject – I need to know which character, from which Film? Which scene you would like to appear in?

Use of venue as possible location for a shoot.

Offer of exhibition space.

Use of external walls for exhibition/projection work.


If you would like to be involved contact me



Toads Revisited

I was asked by the Roots and Wings organisation to document in photography and video – the progress of the giant floating Toad and Toads Revisited workshop and performance programme throughout the city of Hull here are the images – I hope they give a feeling of the events and the places where they took place.

Brian Eno on ‘Scenius’ I think a really useful concept for creatives in Hull

Brian Eno had some interesting ideas on genius vs ‘scenius’ which challenge the idea of the genius artist working in isolation. Brian’s words are pertinent to Hull and hopefully this post will get some discussion going as what he is really talking about here is culture…

“I was an art student and, like all art students, I was encouraged to believe that there were a few great figures like Picasso and Kandinsky, Rembrandt and Giotto and so on who sort-of appeared out of nowhere and produced artistic revolution.

As I looked at art more and more, I discovered that that wasn’t really a true picture.

What really happened was that there was sometimes very fertile scenes involving lots and lots of people – some of them artists, some of them collectors, some of them curators, thinkers, theorists, people who were fashionable and knew what the hip things were – all sorts of people who created a kind of ecology of talent. And out of that ecology arose some wonderful work.

The period that I was particularly interested in, ’round about the Russian revolution, shows this extremely well. So I thought that originally those few individuals who’d survived in history – in the sort-of “Great Man” theory of history – they were called “geniuses”. But what I thought was interesting was the fact that they all came out of a scene that was very fertile and very intelligent.

So I came up with this word “scenius” – and scenius is the intelligence of a whole… operation or group of people. And I think that’s a more useful way to think about culture, actually. I think that – let’s forget the idea of “genius” for a little while, let’s think about the whole ecology of ideas that give rise to good new thoughts and good new work.”

What do you think?

The Fight For Freedom

The Fight For Freedom is a video art piece made from a series of co-authored animated films created by children from Maybury, Stockwell, Thorpe Park and Biggin Hill Primary Schools in Hull led by  award winning artist and filmmaker Quentin Budworth.

The animated video is based on the theme of the ‘Fight For Freedom’ within the narratives and history of the transatlantic slave trade. The  films explore  these issues using light and shadow, narrative and music.

Over eighty year five children actively contributed to the creation of this work.

The work was exhibited at The Wise Institute on the Old High Street in Hull on the 4th and 5th of September 2014 as part of The Freedom Light Trail.

‘The Fight For Freedom’ is part of The Freedom Festival and Roots & Wings Joint Commissions ‘The Long Walk to Freedom’ Site Specific Commissions Programme 2014

Hull City Of Culture 2017

Hats off to Hull and congratulations to all the people who fought so hard to win the bid for city of culture – Its a fantastic achievement and great news for the city.

A few years ago I was commissioned by the larkin 25 Festival to produce a monograph based on Larkin’s poem ‘Here’ which is about Hull and the East Riding in it I sought to create images that matched, mirrored and commented on Larkin’s poem. You can see the exhibition online  here