Culture spreads its wings in Paragon Station

Fly To Freedom, one of the 60 projects in Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme, has launched this week in Paragon Station with a stunning installation featuring 123 mosaic birds. Produced as part of a project that has seen 26 artists work with dozens of residents from East Yorkshirw and Lincolnshire, the installation will remain in the station for the next year.

The artists behind Fly To Freedom are all involved in the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM). Over the past six months they have held a series of creative workshops in venues such as Hull Reform Synagogue, Hull and East Yorkshire Centre of The Deaf, Wansbeck Primary School, Artlink and Marist Hall, and the diverse communities involved are reflected within the stunning mosaics.

Mosaic artist and project co-ordinator Corinne Fueillatre said: “Mosaics are made up of many parts, like Hull’s population, and so we as artists invited people of different ages, genders, religions and abilities to attend workshops to mosaic a bird. As a group of northern artists, and as a resident of Hull myself, we are really proud to have the opportunity to be part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

“Mosaic is a very accessible art form, thus the perfect medium to enable people to explore their creative side, and communities from various backgrounds to work together and alongside artists to create artwork. Many participants gave gone on to create more mosaics since their involvement.”

Of the 123 birds created, 49 were produced by practicing artists and 74 were produced by people from the Humber region. One mosaic artist hailed from Denmark and produced a bird linking Hull with Aarhus, one of the European Capitals of Culture 2017.

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “Paragon Station is the point of entry for many of the thousands of people visiting Hull this year for the City of Culture celebrations and this delightful art installation adds to the warm welcome they can expect whilst they are here.

Fly To Freedom is the latest piece of art backed by Hull 2017 to be installed at the station and joins another Creative Communities project, the fantastic replica of Amy Johnson’s Gipsy Moth, and Claire Barber’s Look Up installation The Train Track And The Basket.”

Fly To Freedom is on show now in the entrance of Hull Paragon Station.