G.F Smith celebrates colour and craftmanship this summer with ‘Paper City’

Eight leading creatives have been invited to work with G . F Smith’s Colorplan range of paper to create ‘Paper City’, a series of beautiful, surprising and colourful temporary installations across a range of sites in Hull city centre, which will be on show from 30 June to 9 July.

The creatives participating in ‘Paper City’ are Adam Holloway, Max Lamb, Lazerian, Made Thought, Jacqui Poncelet, Joanna Sands,  Bethan Laura Wood and Richard Woods, all of whom have been invited to play with the most fundamental creative material – paper.

‘Paper City’ is the latest in the ‘Look Up’ programme of public artworks being produced throughout the year for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. Made specifically for Hull’s public places and spaces, the aim is to challenge people’s perceptions of Hull and offer different ways to experience the city.


 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

G . F Smith


Made Thought

A key element of Paper City will be the announcement of the World’s Favourite Colour; the result of a major survey by G . F Smith, where thousands of people spanning over 100 countries worldwide have voted for their most loved colour via

The result will be disclosed via a live reveal moment on Humber Street. One of the installations, by design consultancy Made Thought, will also display the world’s favourite colour for the first time as part of its work. There will also be a pop-up shop selling iconic British products all specially customised in the world’s favourite colour, which will be situated in both Hull and G . F Smith’s showroom.  The pop-up shop will be open in Hull from 29 June – 9 July and will then transfer to the London showroom space.

It’s wonderful to be working with Hull-based G. F Smith on this latest set of installations in our Look Up programme. As a world leader in the production of specialist paper it will be exciting to see the inventive interpretation of this material by this exceptional line-up of creative talent. Paper City will also be an opportunity for people to experience less familiar spaces in and around Humber Street, which will be housing these artworks.

Martin Green


Despite trading nationally and internationally, G . F Smith remains fiercely proud of its Hull roots having been founded and based there for the last 130 years.

Paper City runs 30 June – 9 July at Fruit Market and Humber Street Gallery, Hull with previews on the 29 June.