Spotlight to be shone on City of Culture’s newest theatre venue

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HULL’s newest theatre venue looks set to be lit up at night with projections of film and video from the Guildhall opposite.

Businessman Malcolm Scott has applied for planning permission to project the images to highlight the office block office block he owns on Alfred Gelder Street which is home to the new venue Kardomah at 94.

In return he is offering to light up the statue of Aphrodite, outside the Guildhall.

The Deep aquarium was recently used as a backdrop for the projection of the sculpture being built for Heathrow Airport and part of the City of Culture’s successful bid included the lighting of different buildings in the city every week throughout 2017.

Despite its nondescript 1960s office block exterior, number 94 is establishing itself as a hub for creative industries, around Studio 94, a collaboration of Panopticon Films My Little Big Town Publishing and Drunk Animal Designs, and this weekend it plays host to the Heads Up Festival.

Mr Scott said: “We will be projecting films made in this building by Panopticon Films, music videos and black and white movies. The beauty of the building is its blandness because it creates a flat screen on which to project images with clarity.

“The idea is to highlight what’s going on in the building and is part of a bigger picture of informing and celebrating the cultural diversity of the region.”

Mr Scott intends to have a “grand opening” of the venue in the summer, following this weekend’s “soft launch.”

Playwright Dave Windass said: “It’s still a work is progress, it’s a great contribution to cultural offer. It’s a venue just the right type of scale, we can squeeze in 100 people. It’s going to be fantastic.”

Councillors will be discussing the application next Wednesday, which is recommended for approval.

Contemporary artist Jo Hellier will be performing her interactive piece 97 Years based on a series of conversations with her grandfather on Saturday at Kardomah at 94.

There will be three shows of the piece - which can only take an audience of 14 - at noon, 2pm and 4pm. Sunday will see a Scratch theatre event with eight excerpts from new work at 7.30pm.