Young creatives wanted to help tell Hull’s Maritime story

Nova is looking for Hull’s brightest creatives to be part of a project telling our city’s story.

We’re offering an opportunity for 20 participants, age between 16 and 25 and living in Hull, to enhance their portfolios, hone their digital and creative skills and help shape the narrative of their hometown.

What is it?

The overall project will work toward the completion of short films telling an interpretation of Hull’s growth, development and existence as a Maritime City.

The work will take place in 5 groups of 4 people working in the following areas of creative practice:

  • visual art and animation x 2 groups of 4 people
  • digital film production x 1 group of 4
  • music x 1 group of 4
  • the written and spoken word x 1 group of 4

Creative teams in each group will consist of young people and experienced practitioners working together in an exchange of ideas, skills and knowledge.

Participants will learn digital skills while making a genuine contribution to an ambitious creative work which will play a role in promoting Hull’s Maritime City status, with final films will exhibited in the city’s Maritime museum.

In addition to the main ‘team’ film output, the participants will have the opportunity to produce individual pieces of work which explore other themes within the broader story.

Who will make it?

This opportunity isn’t for just any regular Jakub or Jill with time on their hands. We’re looking for talented and motivated creative young people with original ideas. Assisted by some of the city’s leading artists, writers, musicians and film-makers you’ll work hard in small groups, your ideas will count, you’ll gain real experience and have genuine input into an exciting process.

Working collaboratively, the writers will create the stories which will be brought to life by the filmmakers. The artists and illustrators will create visuals with the musicians producing soundscapes.

The project is run by Hull’s leading film production company Nova Studios Ltd in collaboration with the Hull: Yorkshire’s Maritime City team and workshops will feature Nova Studios crew, Stew Baxter of the band ‘Life’, illustrator Alice Beasley, artist Annie Luke Turner, writer Russ Litten and animator David Bunting.

The work we’re doing will take place in a safe, friendly, accessible environment and we positively welcome applications from anyone who doesn’t always feel that they’re part of the crowd – we’re not looking for sheep.

How to apply

You don’t need a qualification – all you need to do is show us that you’re up for the challenge – we want to hear your ideas or see your work. We’re not looking for passengers to make up the numbers – we want to work with the city’s finest young creative talent.

If you fancy it, then tell us why you want to be involved and a bit about you.

Either write us something (no more than 500 words) or, if you prefer, record a couple of minutes of audio, explaining why you’d be right for this programme and send it to with the subject line “Maritime City Application”.

Feel free to email us or drop us a message on social media if you need any help or more info.

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