Crown helps salute Hull City volunteers

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Crown Paints has helped celebrate the work of more than 2,500 volunteers who helped make Hull UK City of Culture 2017 a major success.

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

Julia specialises in public art, creating visual spectacles that reflect people and places.

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.’

Julia 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.”

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.

Ellis Mudd is Site Manager at Crown Paints Hull manufacturing centre, based in Sculcoates Lane. Crown has been manufacturing paints in the city for more than 200 years.

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.

Crown helps salute Hull City volunteers
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