Museums, festivals, theatres and bridges – working with arts and heritage in 2022

2022 has been a busy year for Nova in terms of arts and heritage projects…

All of these projects have required multiple crews and visits to different locations over long periods of time.

At Nova we not only have the experience, interests and knowledge to understand the needs of our arts and heritage clients, but we have the largest full-time, professionally qualified staff of any video production company in the region.

The restoration of the Union Chain Bridge

Throughout the Covid period and this year, Spencer Engineering have been working on the complete renewal of the Union Chain Bridge that spans the River Tweed between England and Scotland and which, when it was opened in 1820, was the longest suspension bridge in the world. We’ve been visiting regularly to document the skilled work that Spencer have been doing on this historically significant listed structure and produce a series of educational films detailing the stages of the work.


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A flagship project for Hull Maritime

Closer to home, we were contracted by Hull City Council to follow the work of Hull-based Dunston Ship Repairs to maintain the Spurn Lightship and the Arctic Corsair Trawler – both of which will be stars of the multi-million pound Maritime City project. Getting behind the scenes to hear the stories of those who worked on the vessels and seeing the skills of Dunston’s shipwrights in action has been fascinating and it’s very pleasing to know that the work we’re doing will document skills and crafts that are being kept alive in the city into the 21st century.


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Working with museums throughout East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire

We’ve also been working on two contracts for Humber Museums Partnership – the organisation which brings together arts and heritage projects run collectively by local authority museums in the East Riding, Hull and North Lincolnshire and North East Lincolnshire. The work so far has taken us to many of the small independent museums and heritage organisations that are run with huge passion – places like Sandtoft Trolleybus Museum, The Carnegie Library in Hull, Burton Constable Hall, Hedon Museum, the Waggoners Museum at Sewerby Hall and more. And we’ll be working across the region on more Humber Museums Partnership projects into 2023.

An official partner of Freedom Festival

On the arts front the Freedom Festival Trust have kept us busy with three big projects: documenting the brand new event ‘The Awakening’ which took place in March; telling stories of the participants in The Vigil – the artwork in which volunteer observers kept watch over the city from a viewpoint on top of Hull College; and most recently, documenting the exciting performances by international artists that make-up the fantastic annual Freedom festival in September.


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Celebrating 50 years of Hull Truck

Meanwhile, we are proud to be working with Hull Truck to celebrate 50 years of their existence at the heart of Hull’s creative community. We’re producing a series of films focused on the people who make the theatre great – from the patrons and amateur dramatists through to front of house and directors. Personal, touching and often amusing, the interviews get to the heart of Hull Truck’s importance to Hull and its impact of the lives of those who pass through its doors.


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72 hours of footage at Bradford Literature Festival

And for the fifth year running we were also the official video production company for Bradford Literature Festival, back at full strength this year after Covid, and also riding high on Bradford’s success in securing City of Culture status for 2025. This year BLF not only wanted us to capture highlights of the full nine-day-long festival (our shooter Callum moved into the Premier inn in Bradford for the week) but they also wanted multi-cam shoots and edits of 24 full events – that’s around 72 hours of footage from three cameras. A big job, for big crews under Nova’s direction – we were delighted to help. And we’re over the moon that Bradford will be City of Culture.

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