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In Situ 

European Platform for Artistic Creation in Public Space

We are proud to be one of three UK representatives of the IN SITU network, collaborating with 23 other European programmers to nurture artist development and support artists to develop new forms of art in public space. Established in 2003, we joined the network in 2016 and since then have been working to provide opportunities for innovative artist residency opportunities from Hull to worldwide locations like Sierra Leone.

IN SITU is the European platform for artistic creation in public space. Since 2003, it has supported more than 200 artists working outside conventional venues and contributing to the transformation of our territories. IN SITU is an ecosystem connecting a new generation of artists with audiences, programmers, and key-players involved in the economic, political and social realities around Europe. IN SITU develops an ecology of creation based on transnational artistic workshops and laboratories, European and international residencies and collective mentoring for pilot artistic projects. IN SITU also designs tailored consulting and expertise for European cities, online training modules (MOOC) and a Think Tank dedicated to artistic creation in public space.

Read on to find out more about some of the amazing projects that have been commissioned or supported by In Situ and presented at Freedom Festival.

'Foreign Tongues' by Liquid Loft

Freedom Festival 2019

'Foreign Tongues' is a unique dance performance. Words are translated through movement as performers interweave the city's soundscape with the echoes of distant or neighbouring languages. 

Interpreted through dance, voice recordings from different regions in Europe become the soundscape for this extraordinary dance piece. Listen and watch as the sound of cities become a spoken-word symphony, expanding with each new location.

Internationally-acclaimed performance company Liquid Loft use the collision of languages and communicative contradictions as a means of creation. They demonstrate, among other things, how much is already understood, even at a point where you think you haven't understood anything yet.

Seven dancers dressed all in black perform.
Two dancers, dressed all in black, perform in front of a large amphitheater audience.
A group of dancers dressed all in black perform in the aisle between an audience sat in an outdoor amphitheater.

'The Great Escape' by Adhok

Freedom Festival 2019

What does it mean to grow old?

Seven actors aged between 60 and 75 offer a poetic and fun promenade performance of theatre and dance, challenging our perceptions of old age, the fears it carries and the treasures it hides.

An older performer standing at the top of a ladder waves a floral flag in a performance of The Great Escape by Adhok.
Six older performers carrying dinner trays along Humber Street, in a performance of The Great Escape by Adhok.
2019-08-31 Fruit Market -Adhok - Great Escape  (12)

'Congregation' by Ray Lee

Freedom Festival 2019

Each audience member is given a mysterious silver sphere. Emitting strange sounds, it leads you on a journey. Guided by sound alone, where will your journey take you?

Seemingly possessed of its own mind, it guides you through familiar and unfamiliar terrain. Can you keep the sphere happy by going in the right direction?

2019-08-31 Ray Lee - Congregation (1)
People taking part in Congregation by Ray Lee
2019-08-31 Ray Lee - Congregation (2) C4Di

'Pig' by Kaleider

Freedom Festival 2018

Pig is a large transparent pig, with two slots in its side. Inside it is a sign that reads: 'This is a community fund, you can contribute to it if you like, and when you've agreed how to spend it you can open me and spend it.'

Conceived by artist Seth Honnor, the Artistic Director of internationally renowned production studio Kaleider, this bold new work provokes a public response while offering minimal guidelines.

All choices and actions about how and when to spend the money are given to those who consider themselves to be the community.


Friday Pig Queens Gardens (c) Tom Arran (3) Family
Friday Pig Queens Gardens Night (c) Tom Arran (2)
Friday Pig Queens Gardens (c) Tom Arran (1)

'Museum of the Moon' by Luke Jerram

Freedom Festival 2018

A fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound, come marvel at the Museum of the Moon, a new touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram.

Measuring seven metres in diameter and featuring detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface, each centimetre of the internally lit spherical sculpture represents 5km of the moon's surface.

Created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones, The Museum of the Moon will collect new musical compositions and a collection of personal responses, stories and mythologies.

Museum of the Moon Minster (c) Tom Arran (2) Crowd
Museum of the Moon Hull Minster (c) Tom Arran (16)
Museum of the Moon Minster (c) Tom Arran (1) Family

'Immortels - L'Envol'

Freedom Festival 2018

An incredibly moving story of the journey from childhood to adulthood.

This promenade theatre and dance performance explores what it is like to be young today and the challenges that lie ahead.

See them grow and get wings before taking the risk into the unknown. What happens when the little bird leaves the nest?

Saturday Adhok (c) Tom Arran (28) Trinity Sq
Saturday Adhok (c) Tom Arran (45) Trinity Sq Minster
Saturday Adhok (c) Tom Arran (73) Wall

In Situ supports emerging artists working outside conventional venues and contributing to the transformation of our territories.