Featured in Denon DJ blog

I have the honour of being featured in DenonDJ blog this month. With great photos by Rob Bentley. I was able to talk about #360RAW. See you at the next one 😉


Hull International photography festival is enjoying its 5th year #HIPfest2018

The UK’s biggest annual photography festival is on in Hull this month 5th to 28th, with a world premiere exhibition from legendary fashion photographer, Marilyn Stafford (as featured on ITN this week) and collections from Brian Griffin, Peter Dench and Celine Marchbank.


Now in its fifth year, Hull International Photography (HIP) Festival is hosted by The Creative and Cultural Company within the city’s largest shopping centre, running until Saturday 28th October. With 12 major exhibitions showcased in converted gallery spaces supported by East Street Arts, the unique venue attracted a massive 86,000 visitors in 2017.

The festival boasts the world premiere exhibition of fashion portraits by 93 year old #MarilynStafford , A Fashion Retrospective – Haute Couture to the Birth of Prêt-à-Porter. Having famously photographed Albert Einstein with her first shot on a 35mm camera, Stafford’s career has since spanned 70 years, with many major fashion brands, including Biba and Chanel, as well as for international publications like the Observer. The exhibition covers her career in Paris in the 1950s and Britain during the 1960s and 70s.

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Marilyn attended the opening of the exhibition and visitors had the opportunity to hear her discussing her incredible work with me on 6th October in the HIP Fest Knowledge Space. An event that was very well attended and inspiring to all.

Festival-goers are also able to experience POP from Brian Griffin, featuring his music photography and album covers from the UK’s pop-punk and new wave music scene as well as A1: Britain on the Verge from World Press award-winning, Peter Dench. A homage to the UK’s longest road, Dench visited truck stops, cafes, temples, homes, businesses and bars exploring a period of immense change for Britain, all captured with his typical sense of humour and humanity ahead of Brexit.

Another highlight of the festival is the premiere of A Strange in My Mother’s Kitchen. An intense and personal exhibition from Celine Marchbank. As Marchbank packed up her mother’s home, who had recently lost her battle with cancer – she found recipe cards. As a way of dealing with her grief, she began to cook. The exhibition is a journey through her memories, her mother’s life and the process of learning about living life as a daughter without a mother.

Festival partners, Fujiholics and Redeye joined in by facilitating masterclasses and photo-walks on the opening weekend. Enabling the festival to offer over 50 events this month – including a masterclass by YouTube sensation, Sean Tucker and talks from Elke Vogelsang from Germany & British legend Tom Stoddart.

PhotoCity also landed in the festival atrium as part of the opening weekend, following on from the phenomenal PhotoCity London exhibition and trade show in Paternoster Square, close to St Paul’s Cathedral in 2017. This year brought the likes of Fujifilm & Lee Filters to show their latest tech. PhotoCity’s iconic Blade Walls showed work by #SeanTucker #TomSdoddart #MattHart #NatashaJBella #ClaireArmitage #MattWalkley #WarrenMiller #TraceyLund #RobertBentley #DavidNeve #AmiStrachan #NinaEmett #DavidYeoman #ElkeVogelsang #LindaWisdom #KeithBritton #LeeGlasgow #MarkLittlejohn #MichellSzpak #NigelWalker #VerityMulligan #GeorgeNorris #LeeGale #RichWiles #SteveCheetham #SteveWalton #KeithBritton and more.

16.5inch x 23inch Fall of the Berlin Wall

In just five years, HIP Fest has established its credentials as one of the most significant photography events in Europe.  Thanks to our fabulous volunteers we have put together a stunning celebration of photography for 2018. I am particularly impressed by how Celine Marchbank and Marilyn Stafford have been received at HIPFest, with great footfall to the galleries. Their work highlights the contribution female photographers have made, and are making, to this most democratic of art forms. There is something for everyone and plenty to learn, do and enjoy at #HIPfest2018

A £5 entry ticket (wristband) gives access to all exhibitions, discussions, the HIPfest Prize Draw, onsite discounts and access to the workshops. Premiere workshops, masterclasses and portfolio reviews required individual additional tickets, earlier in the month, but the remaining opportunities are all within the wristband entry.

For further details of the festival visit www.HIPfest.co.uk or email: hipgalleryinfo@gmail.com

HIP Gallery, Hull International Photography Festival, PhotoCity & Creative & Cultural Company can be contacted through Creative & Cultural Space1, Unit LG12, Level1, Princess Quay, Hull, HU1 2PQ

The festival is independent and uses no public funding. Costs are covered by local donations, art sales and in-kind sponsors: G F Smith, ArtsPromoters.com, East Street Arts, Princes Quay, Hammonds Associates, FujiFilm, Jessops, Scribes and Picture Frames & Art.


HIP Juniors visit the Changing Face Exhibition

HIP Juniors visit the Changing Face Exhibition.

Young people from the HIP Juniors (Hull Independent Photography Gallery) visited the Changing Face Exhibition for a junior masterclass with Lead artist Quentin Budworth on Saturday 12 children and four adults attended this special event. The youngsters were encouraged to look at the portraits in the exhibition and give feedback to the group on their favourite image. Then they engaged in some judicious photobombing and a short session on reading an exhibition and how to link images in sequences. The session finished with the youngsters leaving feedback in the comments book.

HIPclub is split into 3 regular learning opportunities at Creative & Cultural Space1 on level 1 in Princes Quay Hull HU1 2PQ for 8-11’s, 12-16’s and 16+

email HIPgalleryinfo@gmail.com for more information

You can see some of the photobombs here:

‘Good Times…’ on the BBC

Recently featured artist on BBC introducing West Yorkshire: Captain Wilberforce has “Good Times…”


Thanks once again to Tom Robinson for featuring another song from the Distance EP – Good Times, You Said on the BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC 6 Music. Only 2 more to complete the set!

If you haven’t seen it already here’s the video for Good Times, You Said.  As usual all comments / shares / likes are welcomed!

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Dogfinger Steve at reCOGnition

This is set to be a great night of music

Creative & Cultural Company

At our Creative & Cultural Artspace in Princess Quay Hull TONIGHT: Another reCOGnition concert; Dogfinger Steve’s new album launch plus Sweet Lady Grace, Dec Suddaby, Robert Nicklas and The Crash Blossoms. There’s a bar and It’s FREE ENTRY!

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Dogfinger Steve at reCOGnition

Dogfinger Steve at reCOGnition.

Pride of Place

I love Rich Duffy-Howards photographs

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Eames Bear Eames Bear

The launch of PoP (Pride of Place)  in Hull’s Princes Quay last night was a night to remember! The Creative and Cultural Company’s art space  is a big, bright, modern gallery. It’s in a shopping centre on stilts in a quay, right in the centre of the city, and at last night’s launch it was buzzing and vibrant. There was a wealth of art and culture on display, on screen, and even parading round the shopping centre on stilts – yes, that makes stilts on stilts! Thanks to PoP Curator, Alan Raw and partners for organising a great show, and for inviting us to contribute.

Siren's Gaze Productions Screening Siren’s Gaze Productions Screening

We are delighted to contribute the music for Sirens Gaze Productions short film trailer about Robert Louis Stevenson which was screened for the first time in the UK at the PoP launch. You can see the trailer and the Indiegogo

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Emily Moulton

Emily Moulton is a song writer with a awesome talent. Mix that with the facts she has a golden voice and fine guitar skills and you realise what a bright future she should have ahead of her. This is film of her playing a session on BBC Introducing Humberside filmed independantly by the very talented Josh Moore


‘No Way Out’ wass her first release featuring three tracks recorded completely live at Mountain Sound Recording Studio Hull.
Get some for yourself, from her bandcamp page: http://emmilymoulton.bandcamp.com/album/no-way-out-ep

Written and performed by Emily Moulton. Recorded at Mountain Sound Recording Studio Hull. Engineered and Produced by Patrick Tobin

Hayley Gaftarnick consistently creates outstanding music

Hayley Gaftarnick, is one of Leeds finest solo performers. An independent singer/song-writer who consistently creates outstanding music

Hayley’s debut single ‘Turn To Stone’ has gained her a lot of well deserved credit. The song is about unrequited love. Which is something I’m surprised she has experience of as everyone who hears her is instantly hooked.

Here’s Hayley’s ‘live’ video version of ‘Turn To Stone’

The single is from her album ‘Circles’. Featuring  some of Yorkshires finest musicians, Rosie Doonan (Rose and The Howling North/Cuckoo Records/Cry Baby Cry), JonnyTheFirth(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Adam Richards(Spirit of John/Xray Cat Trio/Cuckoo Records, Sam Lawrence(Wilful Missing/Gary Stewart/Rosie Doonan), Nici Todd(Cry Baby Cry/Cuckoo Records), Samuel Thornton(Louis, Louis, Louis) Richard Collie(Hotfoot Powder/Louis,Louis,Louis), Simon Beddoe(Submotion Orchestra/Haggis Horns), Lee Smith(Middleman/Greenmount Studio’s), Jamie Lockhart (Mi, Mye./Greenmount Studio’s)

Hayley’s Album launch of ‘Circles’ will follow on October 4th at Brudenel Social Club in Leeds. There’s more info here http://www.reverbnation.com/hayleygaftarnick/press/

Nineties Boy

Here’s Nineties Boy a UK Northern Rapper from Hull, with a style all of his own.

He has a few very promising collaboration going on musically with the mighty Endoflevelbaddie and Hull band Tayala.


Here’s Luke Nineties Boy Chambers doing his own thing: