Some audience numbers for the Hullywood Icons Live Shows, Exhibition, TV features, Website and Press.


Pre-show St Johns Hotel Hull Dec 29th December – 300
Pre-show Archbishop Sentamu Friday 30th December –150
Made in Hull Projections 1st -7th January 342000
Beverley Minster projections January 14th 2000 (approx)
Beverley St Mary’s Projections January 14th 600 (approx)
Bridlington Priory January 20th 400 (approx)
Bridlington Spa January 20th 100 (approx)
Exhibition Opening HIP Gallery February 17th  435
Day 1 of exhibition at HIP Gallery February 18th 1100
Day 2 of exhibition at HIP Gallery February 19th  1000
Exhibition total 12271 (Average visits per day 306)
East Riding Theatre, Beverley, April 18th (Screening for  Mayor’s Charity Dinner approximately 100 people).

BBC 10 O’clock News New Years Eve 12.54million
BBC Breakfast  News New Years Day 6.8 Million
Look North Look North (Leeds & Hull) 991,000

Hullywood Icons Website hits:
Views = 113202
Visitors =  21890
Best day for views Jan 5th = 10120 following the Peter Levy Feature on BBC Look North

Known newspaper coverage and figures.

Hullywood Icons had significant coverage in the following National Newspapers:
i Newspaper – Centre Spread circulation 472,258
The Telegraph – Large Image and Story circulation 472,258
The Times – Large Image within City of Culture feature circulation 451,261
The Daily Mail large feature with many of the Icons circulation 1,511,357

Hullywood Icons Online (Mainstream)
Hullywood Icons trended on Twitter
Featured as the lead story on Buzz Feed average number of content views per month circulation 7 billion
Massive feature in Daily Mail online circulation 45.3 Million globally (stories are syndicated to other sites)

Regional Press
Centre Page Spread in Yorkshire Post on Boxing Day circulation 39,698

Local Press
Many articles in Hull Daily Mail circulation 40 000 x 9 features = 360000
Bridlington Free Press circulation 8027
Bridlington Echo circulation 24122
Beverley Guardian circulation 1197
Driffield Times and Post circulation 4200

Hullywood Icons Preview Event

I need to say a big thankyou to everyone who attended and was involved in the Hullywood Icons Opening Event and Exhibition preparations:


The opening event of the Hullywood Icons show at HIP Gallery in Princess Quay Shopping Center was extraordinary in so many ways here are just a few

400 tickets were issued via Eventbrite on the night over 400 people attended.

GF Smith supplied all the prints for the exhibition going above and beyond all expectations.

Many of the Hullywood Icons came in costume giving the event a really great celebratory feel.

Bandanarama played an incredible set halfway through the event adding to a really great party atmosphere.

There were cocktails (thanks to Darren Squires), Nibbles supplied by Furley and Co and Wine  and glasses supplied by Majestic Wines. Only one broken glass all night! The drinks flowed and the party happened in fine style!

The silver screen was supplied by Tim Wall and installed by his son Ben Wall. Tim also worked on the external projections in Hull, Beverley and Bridlington with sound man and Landrover wrangler Chris Broadwell.

Thanks to the The Chain Gang (The Mayors of Hull, East Riding and beyond) and to Sean Chaytor who’s speech was fantastic. You guys know how to party.

To Anna Dinsdale who made the remarkable thank you speech and gave me the wonderful book present on behalf the Hullywood Icons which I love and will treasure.

I  have to say a special thank you to the remarkable Alan Raw for curating the images, going the extra mile on my behalf to make the exhibition happen. To all the HIP Gallery volunteer for working so extraordinarily hard to hang the exhibition and prepare the space. I need to thank the volunteers from the Creative and Cultural Company and HIP Gallery. Special thanks to Creative and Cultural Company volunteer Ellie Hardy who grabbed so many great shots on the night and over the opening weekend.

To Furley and Co for the after party venue I say a big thankyou.

I need to say thankyou also to Les Drake who is making a documentary about the Hullywood Icons and was filming on the night.

To GF Smith for sponsoring the print and to the Arts Council for funding the creation of the work through their Grants for the Arts Scheme.

So to everyone involved in the opening and exhibition I say a heartfelt thanks. You have all gone the extra mile. Hull is a great city and it’s people are without doubt it’s greatest asset.






It was an extremely busy day yesterday, A lot of images to hang, and labels to put up. The exhibition is looking great and the volunteers at HIP have worked like troopers. The stage is almost set for friday nights opening. The exhibition is happening in 3 spaces on the ground floor of Prince’s Quay. All the images are now hung and labelled. Please note all the icons are included on the projection screen and on the blog but not as prints. Louise Harman popped by and I grabbed this picture of her with Chocky.

Hullywood Icons Exhibition at HIP Gallery day 1 of set up

A really busy day yesterday with lots of graft and laughter. Pizza to raise the spirits at tea time and the framed prints are hung and looking gorgeous. Room 2 is well on the way the projection screen is up and running. You can see your favourite Hullywood Icon there and grab a selfie.


HIP Gallery (Hull International Photography Gallery)   Harbour Deck, Princes Quay Shopping Center , Dock St, Hull HU1 2PQ, United Kingdom.

Hullywood Icons Exhibition opening event is February 17th from 6pm at the HIP Gallery (Hull International Photography Gallery)   Harbour Deck, Prince’s Quay, Dock St, Hull HU1 2PQ, United Kingdom. Click on the link to book your tickets.

The after show party is upstairs at Furley & Co.  18 Princes Dock St, Hull HU1 from 9pm

The Hullywood Icons Exhibition runs from February the 17th until April the 2nd 2017

Gallery opening times are:

Monday to saturday 12pm-5pm
Sundays 12-4pm
Admission is free.

Print for the exhibition sponsored by G.F.Smith

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Emma Palmer the Hullywood icons Tweet mistress and Dorothy from an earlier shoot contacted me about recreating a moment from The Rocky Horror Picture Show at notorious  Hull cult night club Spiders. So here we have Sophie Buckley (Frank-N-Furter) and Zoe Lyon (Columbia) and Emma Palmer as Magenta.


Naomi Bedworth, Kirstie Gutherless, Carla Navarro, Janet Pound, Shirley McWatt, Pam McArdle, Bryony Booth, Lynne Kirby, Ruth Austin and Louise Harman got in touch with me about recreating a scene from Fame. They are all in an adult musical theatre class at NAPA and it was a pleasure to grab this image late on a 12 shoot saturday.