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Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Hull UK City of Culture 2017

Hull UK City of Culture 2017 was a year long celebration of Arts and Culture across the city. The Programme which ran from 1st January to the 31st December and celebrated the city, its history and the people of Hull.

With the year split into 4 separate seasons, each focused on different elements of the creative world, curating an amazing celebration of both traditional and contemporary art across the city.

As proud Business Club Partners to Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Crown Paints have worked alongside a great number of projects with the Hull 2017 team. Assisting in the donation of more than 900 litres of paint to date.

Even though the year of culture may have been and gone, the legacy lives on. Watch this space for more collaborations across Hull in 2018!

More information on our major projects can be found below:


Grains of Scandalous Blue

A unique and strikingly-different concept, 'Grains of Scandalous Blue' presented the story of the 2500 Hull 2017 volunteers in a way different to anything ever seen before, with artist Julia Vogl capturing the spirit and personality of the city within the work.

Each of the Hull 2017 volunteers went through an extensive application process, including an intriguing survey. Alongside questions about shoe size, the survey wanted to know all about who the volunteers really were – their interests, hobbies, whether or not they were fluent in another language, and plenty more besides.

Showcased at The Humber Street Gallery the volunteers answers were presented through a colourful display of data visualisation. A tantalising colour network which took over the floors and walls, symbolising the emotions and statistics surrounding the volunteer programme. Did you know that 71% of volunteers were women? The most common female name for a volunteer? Sue. (It's Dave for the men.)

Painted top to bottom in Crown Paints, the exhibition brought the statement 'its not just paint, its personal' truly to life.


Terrace Enders

Hull 2017, Hull City Council and Crown Paints have worked together to produce two murals to commemorate and celebrate Hessle Road, the fishing industry and allied trades as part of the Hull 2017’s ‘Roots and Routes’ celebrations.

Hull landed more fish in the St Andrews fish dock than any other port in the UK and, at one point, the world. The industry supported and employed more than 10,000 men and women in the city and, until recently, this has gone unnoticed or been forgotten.

The murals (created using Sandtex Trade masonry paint) are a lasting tribute to all men, women and their families who worked in all areas of the fishing trade.

Funded by Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, the project began on 6 May, with the unveiling of the murals taking place on Saturday 20th May. The murals can be seen at:

– Turbo Systems, at the corner of Gillet Street and Hessle Road, HU3 4JA.

– Halfway Pub, Hessle Road, HU3 5AA.


The Worlds Favorite Colour

After a 6 month global search, the world’s favourite colour was announced in June 2017.

The competition, led by Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and paper merchant GF Smith invited an international audience to select their favourite colour via an online poll, with the help of an infinite palette of shades, by pinpointing the colour they found most appealing.

32,000 people across more than 100 countries voted and the results were combined to find out which colour was ultimately the world’s favourite.

Annie Marr’s chosen shade was closest to the overall consensus resulting in the creation of ‘Marrs Green’ – the world’s favourite colour.

Crown paints matched and donated the chosen shade in Crown Trade Clean Extreme, which has been showcased in pop up shop settings around the UK.


Humber Street Gallery

As part of a continuous project with Hull’s newly opened Humber Street Gallery, Crown paints have donated paint to help keep the ever changing exhibition space looking clean and fresh.

The gallery has become home to a series of exciting art installations since opening its doors and is set to become a social hub within Humber street, with a new roof top bar also open to the public.


Gold Nose of Green Ginger

2017 marks 50 years since the discovery of the Gold Nose of Green Ginger. Unearthed within a small wooden casket when digging house foundations in the 60’s the Gold Nose of Green Ginger was hidden – or lost – from the public, becoming nothing more than an urban myth.

In May of this year, the services of the Green Ginger Fellowship were called upon to investigate a discovery of crates in Bransholme. These explorations led to the rediscovery of the Gold Nose of Green Ginger.

With a disused space to become the temporary home of the Gold Nose, Crown Paints colour expertise and products were sought upon to completely transform the space. From a tired unit to a bright, colourful and magical space – perfect for housing such a precious piece of history.

The Gold Nose of Green Ginger was on display at North Point shopping Centre, Bransholme.


The Turner Prize 2017

Awarded annually to artists born, working or living in Britain, the Turner Prize 2017 was hosted at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull.

Established in 1984, the Turner Prize has grown to become one of the most prestigious international visual arts awards, contributing to the growing public interest and awareness of Contemporary art.

We were pleased to support the exhibition, which ran from 26th September 2017 – 7th January 2018, and worked alongside the artists and producers to provide colour matches to transform the spaces.

More information about the Turner Prize can be found here: