A summer art project that has captured the spirit of the Boulevard area ends this weekend with a special procession around the west Hull neighbourhood.
Anna Coromina and Aviv Kruglanski have been working with the local community for the past few months, exploring and talking about the Boulevard through workshops and radio shows as part of the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme.
To celebrate the end of Boulevard Mad Yard Art, Anna and Aviv will lead people on a walk around the area on Saturday 12 August.
The walk will start in front of St Matthew’s Church, close to Anlaby Road, at 10.30am and will finish at 1pm.
Anna said: “This event is festive and will showcase decorations and furniture made of recycled materials in collaboration with neighbours, but more importantly it presents the idea that art can be a tool for looking at urban processes, for considering neighbourhood challenges in creative and surprising ways.
“This walk is all about the Boulevard area, its creativity and its capacity for self-organisation.
“This is not about ‘art as decoration’, it is not about ‘spectacle’, this is about applying a playful, experimental attitude to our most pressing issues, about the hopes of changing the way things are in a profound way.”
This is not about ‘art as decoration’, it is not about ‘spectacle’, this is about applying a playful, experimental attitude to our most pressing issues.
– Anna Coromina, Boulevard Mad Yard Art
The walk will include various stops, where people can get involved in conversations about the Boulevard, its past, present and future.
Boulevard Mad Yard Art has produced decorations covering the streets with wild insects and plants, interactive musical instruments and furniture made out of refuse found in the neighbourhood.
Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “Our Creative Communities Programme has done great work ensuring people living across Hull are involved in this exciting year for the city.
“Aviv and Anna have really immersed themselves in the Boulevard neighbourhood and invited the whole community to be creative.
“Our hope is that their hard work will have a lasting effect locally for years to come.”
The event is free and suits all ages. Children must be accompanied by adults.