Hull paint manufacturer partners with artist to celebrate City of Culture volunteers

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 3 Mar 2018

A historic Hull paint manufacturer has helped to celebrate the work of the 2,500 volunteers who shone through Hull’s City of Culture celebrations with the help of renowned artist.

Artist Julia Vogl has created an exciting space in the Humber Street Gallery in the heart of the city centre to capture the spirit of the people behind the year-long event.

Ms Vogl specialises in public art, creating visual spectacles that reflect people and places and has collaborated with Crown Paints to recognise the work of the blue-coated volunteers at the gallery.

She says she has created an experience that makes people feel like they are walking into a graph, expressing the sentiments and feedback of the volunteers involved in the programme – namely ‘joy, fantastic, life changing, exciting, urgent, challenging and fun'.

Ms Vogl said: “I was invited by the Hull UK City of Culture Volunteer team to be an artist in residence and create a work that reflected the 2,500 plus individuals that made up the volunteers for the city in 2017.

“When I saw the Humber Street Gallery space, I started to think of it holistically and was encouraged to create a work that would get volunteers in the making of the show.

“It was at that point I thought that if I could get a lot of paint I could easily engage volunteers of all abilities to take part in transforming the gallery.

“It was then I was introduced to Crown Paints and I am so grateful to them and the volunteers for their enthusiasm in supporting the vision.”

Volunteers at the Humber Street Gallery exhibition

Crown Paints’ products were used in 56 colours – three of which were custom made for the artwork – across a wall and floor surface covering 312 square metres.

The project wraps up a successful time for Crown Paints as Business Club partners to Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Projects have included striking murals in the historic old fishing area of Hessle Road, which have put colour, heritage and a passion for the city firmly on the map, as well the bespoke backdrop for the 2017 shortlisted Turner Prize artists to display their work at Ferens Art Gallery.

Crown Paints has supported a number of City of Culture related projects

Ellis Mudd is site manager at Crown Paints Hull manufacturing centre, based in Sculcoates Lane.

He said: “We are so happy to have played a part in the city’s celebration and to leave a lasting legacy with projects people can look back on for years to come, such as the Hessle Road murals.

“We’ve brought colour to Hull through our expertise, pride and passion and it has been an incredible experience.”

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