PAPER CITYby Niamh McCooey
On England’s east coast this weekend the city of Hull will be taken over by paper as the widespread exhibition Paper City celebrates colour and play in venues in and around Fruit Market. For ten days, installations by some of the most exciting creative minds from the worlds of contemporary art, design and architecture will transform the area into a paper wonderland. With works by Adam Holloway, Max Lamb, Lazerian, Made Thought, Jacqui Poncelet, Joanna Sands, Bethan Laura Wood and Richard Woods, this is sure to be an impressive and lively reflection of the city itself.
Presented by one of the UK’s most creative paper companies, G. F Smith, the exhibition’s launch will also coincide with their reveal of ‘the world’s favourite colour’ as voted for by thousands of people spanning over 100 countries worldwide. Each of the artists participating in the event have also collaborated with G. F Smith, using the company’s iconic colourplan paper to build each of their imaginative installations designed to challenge people’s perceptions of Hull, and to offer different ways of experiencing the city.
As part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, ‘Paper City’ is a major project within ‘Look Up’, a year-long programme of artists’ works made specifically for Hull’s public spaces. As the original George Frederick once said; ‘in a world of transient communication and fleeting digital memories, paper offers texture and feeling, weight and sensation. Paper reminds us that skill, craft, and creativity coupled with something as naturally beautiful as paper can leave a lasting and powerful impression.’
Paper City, 30 June - 9 July 2017
Fruit Market, Hull, HU1 1UU