Hull Spirit: Iconic People & Places

The second project for 2018 was somewhat different to the previous ones, in that it involved participants making items which were brought together in one large exhibition. As the title suggests, the theme for the makes was well-known Hull people and places – both past and present. We’ve been immensely impressed with the creativity of our makers – from Amy Johnson’s plane made by four children and their child minder to a huge canvas representing the BHS Mural finger printed by 300 pupils from Southcoates Primary Academy to an intricate quilt of the Maritime Museum and the Weeping Window to The Deep with a host of crocheted, knitted and folded fish, crabs and penguins – it’s all there.

in total, well over 400 people aged 1 to 94 have been involved in the creation of Hull Spirit, including four schools, a Brownies group, Hessle Road Network and the Open Doors Women’s Craft Group.

Here’s a selection of the makes which were on show:


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The exhibition also included the Back To Ours commission Maker Portraits, which consist of photos by Jerome Whittingham @Photomoments and pen portraits by Digital Media journalist Michelle Dee. The portraits feature over 30 of the makers involved in Hull Spirit, and to us are a very important element, celebrating the ‘we’ in #WeMadeThis.


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We are delighted that the installation was hosted by Hull Minster, between 11th and 30th September.

On 14 September, Hull Spirit played host to Phil White’s Friday afternoon radio show, and saw a number of makers talk about their makes. Listen back here (programme available 28 days)

With an estimated 6000 visitors, the exhibition can be classed a great success. People’s responses have been overwhelmingly positive, judging by the comments in the visitor book, the number of leaves on our ‘Tree of Hull’ as well as online comments. This message from one of the volunteers says it all:



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