About Us

A Hull & Humber region specialist in year round carnival & outdoor arts activity, rooted in intergenerational participation.

 

We co-create inclusive, joyful and memorable events that transform our relationship with the streets where we live, and our green spaces & parks, because the outdoors belongs to everyone and you are all invited to watch and play.

 

Through making and wearing vibrant transformative costumes we encourage people to leave their everyday self behind. We use movement and music, alongside our own spectacular larger than life puppets to breathe life into stories, and enhance any scale of celebration.

Punk_Seaweed.png

Our Mission

  • Bringing the joy of carnival arts to new participants & audiences in the Humber region.

  • Raising the aspirations of carnival artists, participants and audiences.

  • Promoting skill sharing in carnival, procession and outdoor live arts.

  • Developing local talent and skills within our team and the wider Humber carnival sector

  • Enabling regional national and worldwide connections

 
 

Core Team

We are an experienced highly skilled team committed to encouraging a welcoming environment, with volunteers, artists and large numbers of empowered participants. Since 2014 we have been directing, and collaborating on funded projects, bespoke commissions, and delivering differing scales of events, including joined up approaches to event management. We offer flexible hireable services that come with a friendly face.

IMG_7173.JPG

Charles Huckvale

Founder/Creative Director

Charles is passionate about bringing art to everyone, he believes art has the power to transform peoples lives and whole communities. Empowerment, inclusion and participation are always key to his work, giving people from diverse communities opportunities to learn and increase skills, develop their understanding of an art form, while nurturing and unlocking their creativity.

 

Charles has been the creative co-director of Hull Carnival Arts and Apus Productions Street Theatre Ltd, since 2014 alongside fellow creative director Liz Dees. Before this he worked as a freelance visual artist since 2006, and as community choir leader and voice worker (Natural Voice Network) since 2005, leading community choirs singing groups etc, working with early years and dementia focused projects. Previous to this he worked as volunteer and community arts-worker with Hull Scrapstore and a florist!

 

Charles Joined the company in 2014 when the project Hull Carnival Arts was born. He is a community Artist and Musician with over 15 years experience, and he studied Fine Art painting at Central St. Martins college in London. Charles has a long track record in socially engaged arts, and collaborative practice, working in many varied roles as a lead artist, co-creator, assistant artist, volunteer, musical director, artistic director, and producer, as well as managing and looking after large groups of volunteers and participants at workshops and live events.

Liz Dees

Founder/Creative Director

Liz is a founder and director of Apus Productions since the company was established in 2007. Originally trained at the Chelsea College of Art and the London College of Fashion, she has worked as a costume designer and maker since 2001, on shows ranging from West End musicals to community operas. With Apus she now specialises in walkabout street theatre and giant puppetry.

Liz Viking.jpeg
AR_BP_Fullpic.JPG

Andy Ross

Operations Assistant Manager

Andy is a Hull based performer & theatre maker, and trained as a theatre maker at Hull.

 

Andy furthered his clowning training at The School of Lecoq, Phillippe Gauiler School and with Firenza Guidi (Artistic Director, No FIt State Circus) he has focused his training in clowning, puppetry, facilitating workshops in community engagement settings, drama workshops in mental health with low arts engagement.

 

Andy has played a part in Apus Productions participation and community engagement work with Hull Carnival Arts. Working on several carnivals in the past 4 years. Now working as Operations Assistant for the company with knowledge gained from many areas.

 

He has worked with numerous theatre companies in Hull furthering his skills in health & safety, stage management, set construction and performance. Companies including: Hull Truck Theatre, Hull New Theatre, Middle Child Theatre, Spin Off Productions, Silent Uproar, Ten Foot Dance.

 

He has created two clown shows independently in the past.He is now starting his MSc in psychology to help further his knowledge in how to help people understand themselves through the medium of arts.

 

Jade Wasling

Assistant Artist

Jade has specialised in arts workshops and leading of community engagement projects, since 2005.

 

She has developed skills in: Willow sculpture, foam sculpture, pattern work, street theatre costume and large carnival puppet design and making, carnival and street performance.

Her other skills include: set and prop design and making, carnival performance, street theatre, carnival costume, puppet design and making, devising choreography, puppet and stilt performance (Trained in stilt walking, dancing and acrobatic stilts with Carpet Bag Brigade physical theatre, California)

She has worked as a maker and performer in previous projects with Hull Carnival Arts since the World of Colour Parade in 2014.

Jade.jpg
 
 

Associate Artists

Ian Mitchell

Technical: Sound Lights and Electronics

VikingCS.jpg

Phil Codd

Musical Director Bandanrama

PC_Cornucopia2015.jpg

Ian advises on practical engineering solutions on large builds, lighting and sound systems, drawing on his 40 years industry experience as a mechanical and electrical engineer in nautical and GPS systems. He is an established, professional chartered electronic engineer who enjoys being involved in innovative outdoor arts projects.

Phil writes for any combination of sounds from acoustic instruments to electronic and mechanical sources. He has composed for film, musicals, video art and exhibition spaces, contemporary dance, literature festivals, documentaries, adverts, and theatre. He composed the brass band score for the multi-award winning comedy feature ’Best Little Whorehouse in Rochdale’ and also for John Godber’s feature ‘The Last Laugh’. He has been MD for Bandanarama since its inception and arranges their brass arrangements and direct all their rehearsals and performances.

Jon Beney

Troupe Choreographer

PunkSeaweed_Dancelead_JB.jpeg

 Jon is also an associate artist at Hull Truck Theatre and has collaborated with with Jeanifer Jean Charles, Walk the Plank, and the RSC on many mass outdoor shows. He is the Co Artistic director of Tenfoot dance company, and  has performed internationally with Protein dance and  Ballet Lorent. 

 

Jon spent 4 years working with young offenders and those at risk of offending with Dance United, and has taught in many educational settings from early years to university degree courses.

His passion for teaching, dance and movement has led him to work with groups in Africa (Aduna Dance Ethiopia), Palestine (larjee Centre Bethlehem)

FreedomParade_91.jpg

History

HCA were born out of the "World Of Colour Parade" which we produced in association with Walk the Plank at the Hull Freedom Festival in2014, with many years experience of working with people from all walks of life to make great Carnival Art in Hull and the Humber Region.