Our Volunteers stand as a human emblem of the success of Hull’s incredible year as the UK City of Culture 2017 and the iconic Volunteering Programme continues to grow as part of Absolutely Cultured’s story.
From giant dominoes to planting thousands of tulips, last year over 2,000 Volunteers continued to spread their magic across the city. Remaining a familiar face at cultural locations and events they also expanded into new areas – completing over 2,400 hours of volunteering every week.
There is no set story for becoming a Volunteer – everyone’s journey is different. You may be looking to meet new people, develop skills for your CV, or just want to try something different as part of your New Year’s resolutions. What we can guarantee is that you get to be part of something really incredible, something unique to Hull.
Imagination Alley © Tom ArranWe are currently delivering our latest large-scale social action project, led by the volunteer programme and supported and funded by Nesta.
Working in collaboration with the community in the Gipsyville and Springbank areas, volunteers looked at ways to tackle issues that local residents had raised to them; such as flytipping and littering, and a lack of community interaction and play spaces for children.
We have just finished installing “Imagination Alley”, a community mural spanning 120 metres along the bottom of Devon Street, Dorset Street and Essex Street in Gipsyville. The design was created and lead on by Andy Pea, who had help from volunteers and residents of all ages, coming together to contribute on various open paint days. The hope is that this colourful backdrop will now provide inspiration for the younger generation and encourage them to use their imagination for play.
Ongoing work to regenerate “Peel Street Park” is also underway. We have added brand new play equipment which will be painted with unique artwork added by local artist Sergej Komkov. We’ve also commissioned a “Peel Street Park” mural that will be brought to life in October 2020 by Lydia Caprani, brightening up the area in line with ArtLink’s “True Colours of Springbank” palette