Richard Ansett


This project has evolved following an attempt to contact my unknown biological mother when I discovered that she was living in Hull.

Unable to make contact, I travelled to Hull to exist within the landscape of my mother’s home and be as close to her as I knew how. I bought throwaway film cameras from a chemist. Over a two-day stay in the city centre I observed women of my mother’s age. I followed them and took photographs within the landscape of the city, imaging that they might be her.

These deeply private images, which were never intended for public view, record my movements and tentative interactions with women who, in my mind, could have been my mother. The images as document reconnect to an emotional state in my tentative approaches and are the core of the project which, years later, I have finally brought back to Hull in the form of 100 ‘lost cat’ style posters on Mothers Day during its tenure as UK City of Culture 2017 transforming the whole city into both a gallery and therapeutic space to share of my sense of loss and existential loneliness. I hope that my shared experience will support other people who feel some personal connection to these themes.

The posters are placed randomly throughout central Hull and surrounding neighbourhoods. This synchronistic relationship too the work increases the personal relationship to the work when found. #areyoumymum

Sunday Express Article

BBC Radio Humberside Interview (coming soon)

Videography with Hull City of Culture (coming soon)