Spring Bank Art
Since 2018, Artlink has been working with communities on and around Hull’s Spring Bank, one of the city’s most diverse high streets. This has developed into a series of participatory visual art projects called Spring Bank Art. Over time we’ll work with local residents to develop the streetscape and celebrate the area and its communities.
Spring Bank Pilot Project
In Autumn 2018, Artlink carried out a series of community consultations with residents and business owners around Spring Bank about what they felt about the community, if they would like an art project to happen in the area and what changes they would like to see it make. Artists, Sharon Darley (Shaz) and David Okwesia, accompanied by Artlink creative producer Magda Moses, spent 3-months talking to over 700 people, collecting ideas. 97% of the people we spoke to were very positive regards seeing a visual art project to enhance to look of their area and 47% said they would like to see more colour and coloured lights. Moreover, members of the Spring Bank community talked about their strong sense of togetherness and identity which we aim to represent and support the development of through the project.
True Colours of Spring Bank
Artist: Shaz Darley
Since June 2019, based on a concept by artist Sharon Darley, Hull residents have been voting for a series of colours to create a palette for Spring Bank which will then be used in a series of art projects in the area. This will create a good aesthetic and be a unique expression of the local area. Hundreds of people took part in selecting the colours and in July 2019 the pallette was announced (find our more on our blog here). In tandem, Sharon was also working with local residents to develop a community design team. The design group have worked with landlords in the area to pick out some buildings to repaint using colours from the palette, which we hope will be the start of the colours being used in all sorts of different ways in the area.
We are officially launching the True Colours of Spring Bank palette with first completed painted buildings on 16th August at 12 pm at George’s Bargain Centre, Spring Bank. We invite people to join us at what should be a bright and fun event.
Spring Bank Mural
Over summer 2019, Hull-based artist Skeg will be using some of the colours from the True Colours of Spring Bank palette, to develop a mural design collaboratively with members of Spring Bank Community Centre and the Hull Mosque and Islamic Centre on Barkley Street. This will then be painted on the gable end of George’s Bargain Centre.
Further parts of Spring Bank Art are currently being developed, keep checking back for more information.
For more information on Spring Bank Art contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01482 345104