#WEMADETHIS Presents Hull Spirit: Iconic People and Places

Community and Craft Come Together for Hull Spirit Exhibition. Over the Summer months communities across Hull and the East Riding have been busy preparing ‘makes’ for an exhibition called ​Hull Spirit: Iconic People and Places ​taking place at Hull Minster ​throughout September.


poster design by Lilian Gergely

The exhibition will feature a cast of well-known characters and iconic places made by local residents from all walks of life. From artistic renditions of Big Lil to Cosey Fanni Tutti, to knitted blue people from Sea of Hull; detailed models of Hull Fair; sharks from The Deep and an entire Hull City first team. These handcrafted artworks will be on display to the public from 11 until the 30 September.

All the ‘makes’ on display have been created by different communities and community groups from across the region: Brownie Groups, local schools, childminders, craft groups, local businesses, even the Hull NHS CCG have got on board and also many individual crafters, each inspired to create something unique for ​Hull Spirit: Iconic People and Places.

The ​#WeMadeThis​ project began with an idea by ​Miranda van Rossum​ to decorate trees in her local area. The idea quickly spread and by December 2017 she had, along with a dedicated team of enthusiastic volunteers, devised a wonderful decorated festive tree trail, which folk really enjoyed visiting and photographing over the holidays.

The project captured the city’s imagination so much so that #WeMadeThis then repeated the feat during Easter, decorating trees from Hessle to the Holderness Coast.


Having recently constituted as an organisation and garnering support from across the region #WeMadeThis are embarking upon their next intervention, from which they hope many more will follow. #WeMadeThis has inclusivity at its heart, the various projects are open to anybody, whatever age, artistic ability or background, with no selection criteria or judging panel: past projects have seen ‘makes’ from a wide section of society from ages 1 to 102 years old.

Founder Miranda Van Rossum says: “#WeMadeThis is about celebrating craft and community across Hull and beyond, and to me, the makers are at least as important as the makes.”

#WeMadeThis will hold a celebration event on the 18th September where visitors are invited to reconnect and respond to Hull’s history and heritage, as we tell the story of our ever-changing city through the array of exhibits on display.

The ​Celebration of Hull Spirit​ event will be an opportunity for all the different groups and communities to come together to celebrate how the city inspires their creativity. The special evening will feature performances from local wordsmiths ​Dean Wilson and ​Michelle Dee.

Hull Spirit Iconic People and Places ​exhibition will also feature Maker Portraits specially commissioned images of all the makers involved, to be later made into an online publication creating a permanent record telling the story behind each make and maker.

The Maker Portraits have been commissioned by Back To Ours, Hull’s Arts Council England (ACE) funded Creative People and Places project.

Look out for more craft-based interventions in the run up to Christmas 2018 when the #WeMadeThis collective will once again bring some festive cheer with yuletide decoration.

When: Exhibition Runs Sept 11 from 10 am and closes Sept 30 at 5pm

Venue: Hull Minster South Church Side Hull

Celebration of Hull Spirit Event inside Minster Sept 18 start time 6pm ends 8pm

For exhibition updates news and images see:

Web: https://wemadethishull.wordpress.com Tweet: @wemadethishull

Insta: @wemadethishull or https://www.facebook.com/wemadethishull/

Hull spirit poster crop.


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One response to “#WEMADETHIS Presents Hull Spirit: Iconic People and Places

  1. Reblogged this on #WeMadeThis and commented:
    Fab blog post by Digital Media Journalist Michelle Dee about our forthcoming installation at Hull Minster.


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