Beyond Words

An Exciting Artist Commissioning Project

In 2016 Freedom Festival Arts Trust teamed up with James Reckitt Library Trust, Hull Culture and Leisure Library Services and Book Works for an exciting new project, entitled Beyond Words that has newly commissioned ten artists to create artists’ books based on the theme of Freedom.

Over Freedom Festival weekend and throughout September in 2016 six of the new commissions were exhibited in Hull’s Central Library. In the Autumn two artists’, Helen Cammock and Hannah Dawn Henderson, took up residency in Hull History Centre and WISE to research each of their commissioned books and the final two commissions were awarded to nationally acclaimed artists Lubaina Himid and Ruth Ewan.

An exhibition of the artists’ books created by Helen Cammock, Hannah Dawn Henderson and Lubaina Himid will take place April 7th – 27th in the Gallery inside Hull Central Library. Ruth Ewan will launch her publication over Freedom Festival 2017 (1-3rd September). (more details for these events to follow soon!)

In addition to the 10 new artists’ books there will be a series of workshops held in the Central library for a range of ages in Zine making and book-binding techniques.

In September 2017, once the full collection is produced and Beyond Words project complete, a limited collection of the 10 publications will be accessible to the public in all libraries across Hull.

For further details on the commissioned artists see below.

Beyond Words Artist Residencies

  1. Hannah Dawn Henderson is an artist and writer based in Manchester and The Hague. Henderson uses text, video and performance to address political ideologies around identity.
  2. Helen Cammock uses a variety of techniques, including film, performance and printmaking, to consider how experiences are affected by the consequences of structural inequality.


Beyond Words Invited Artists

  1. Lubaina Himid is a contemporary African artist and Professor of Contemporary Art at the University of Central Lancashire. Her art focuses on themes of cultural history and reclaiming identities. She was one of the first artists involved in the Black Art movement in the 1980s and continues to create activist art which is shown in galleries in Britain, as well as worldwide.
  2. Ruth Ewan is a multi media artist whose work consists of public art, installations, group art-making activities, performance and other media. Ewan regularly encourages participation and collaboration through her practice and explores overlooked areas of political and social history, often celebrating activists and radical thinkers.


Beyond Words: 6 x self-produced publications

  1. Between the Borders, Between the Borders episode #4 – The freedom deficit
  2. Libita Clayton, FORGET THAT GUY (message from a freedom fighter)
  3. Theresa Easton, Freedom to have a Home
  4. Jacob V Joyce QTIPOC Super Powers, Volume 1
  5. Rudy Loewe, Moving Through Borders
  6. Nick Norton, AKA: A genealogy of the saddle