Kingston Art Group has celebrated over twenty five years as an artistic community in the city of Hull. Since its creation in 1989, Kingston Art Group has provided affordable studio space for a great number of visual artists.
Between 1992 and 2012 the group occupied a former bakery on Caroline Place in the city centre. In May 2012 we made the move to new accommodation in two separate locations: studios at Barmston Street and studios with gallery at Humber Street. These are located near to the city centre with the gallery placed at the hub of the cultural quarter: Hull’s Fruitmarket. Converting the buildings was funded by the Arts Council England, Hull City Council and income from members.
Sadly, in 2018 we had to move out of our studios and gallery in Humber Sreet as a result of the redevelopment of the area. Fortunately we were able to acquire studio space, in Park Avenue, for several of our members but, at present, we don’t have our own dedicated gallery space.
Since 1989, KAG has contributed to and initiated many important visual arts events in the city. The group has exhibited in local and national venues with many strong links to studio groups and artists’ networks both across the region and the UK.
As artists in their own right, members have established reputations through exhibitions and events locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. Current and previous membership includes those who are employed in the arts and other sectors, the unemployed, overseas artists, students, artists returning to live and work in the area, and those wishing to develop artistically and professionally.
When an artist joins Kingston Art Group they are able to contribute to the aims of the group and help plan for its future. All members of this community recognise and commit to their role in shaping the organisation. KAG provides an important and immediate support network for all members. This enables informal, critical and constructive dialogue for artistic and professional development amongst peers.
As such, Kingston Art Group continues to be an important cultural presence in the city of Hull.