Hull paint firm setting the right tone for Turner Prize

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 15 Nov 2017

A HULL paint manufacturer has set the backdrop for the Turner Prize shortlisted work displayed at the Ferens Art Gallery. 

Crown Paints has helped provide the bespoke backdrop for the artists’ work to be displayed at the historic Hull gallery. 

Shortlisted work by artists Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi is featured in the exhibition, which will run until January 7, next year. 

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Colour-matching experts at the company’s Hull Decorating Centre have collaborated with the curators of the 2017 Turner Prize, Sacha Craddock and George Vasey. 

Ms Craddock, critic, educator, curator and chair of the New Contemporaries, said: “Crown Paints has been a great partner on this important project for Hull. It was important to have access to a range able to match the shades we required and that we were not going to be limited to just a colour card.”

TURNER CURATORS: George Vasey and Sacha Craddock.

Mr Vasey, writer and curatorial fellow at Newcastle University, said: “A lot of thought has gone into providing the right shades for each of the artist’s spaces and the sensitivity of the display and the colours have been very well received.

“Hurvin Anderson chose a very cool grey, with no colour in it at all, just a mix of black and white. He mixed the specific shade he wanted before Crown Paints matched it.

“Andrea Büttner wanted a colour similar to the gallery’s permanent collection, but 50 per cent lighter, again something Crown Paints was able to deliver.

“The end result is a beautiful lilac colour, a very intelligent shade, which has so many variations. Lubaina Himid’s display is set in the standard art gallery white colour. 

“Rosalind Nashashibi’s terracotta-coloured display was developed to create an intimate space for visitors to feel they could sink into. Rosalind also used Crown Paints to create displays in the entrance area.”

Providing the backdrop for the Turner Prize is the latest project for Crown Paints as Business Club partners to Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Ellis Mudd, site manager at Crown Paints’ Hull manufacturing centre, in Sculcoates Lane, said: “Having the Turner Prize in Hull has been a huge coup for the city and we are delighted to play a part in this event.

“Our expertise, pride and passion for Hull has enabled us to add colour to a range of eye-catching projects across the city.”

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Crown has been involved with some of the UK City of Culture exhibits, including providing the backdrop for the World’s Favourite Colour display by Hull paper company G.F Smith.

The company has also helped to provide the backdrop for the exhibition space at Humber Street Gallery in Hull’s  
regenerated Fruit Market. 

Crown has a heritage of paint-making dating back more than 200 years, having launched in Darwen, Lancashire, in 1777, where it still has its head office.

In Hull, the company continues a tradition of paint-making that dates back to the early 1700s.

Historian Paul Gibson records that paint was being sent from Hull as early as 1703, and names including Joseph Pease, Samuel Tudor, Sissons Brothers & Co and Blundell, Spence & Co have all been associated with the development of the industry.

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