Crown Paints played its part in the addition of four murals across Hull in 2020 by donating paint to local artist Andy Pea.
The company, which manufactures some of its most popular products at its facility in Hull, has previously donated paint to numerous deserving local community causes through its Crown Decorating Centre located on Stoneferry Road. Crown was keen to work with Hull-based street artist Andy Pea having already worked with him several times since the company supported the Hull City of Culture campaign in 2017, and so donated Sandtex Trade products in various colours in order to complete the four murals located across the city last year.
As part of a wider social action project, Andy was commissioned by cultural development organisation Absolutely Cultured and its funder Nesta to create a mural on an old factory wall in Hull’s The Shires area. Local residents were involved in the design of the mural – which spans a total of three streets and 120 metres. The design is centred on the environment, and over 200 volunteers helped bring it to life over the course of eight weeks by assisting with painting in line with Covid-19 safety measures.
Sandtex Trade High Cover Smooth masonry paint was also selected by Andy to complete his Chanterlands Avenue project in April and May 2020. For this project, Andy was tasked with reinstating some of the old hand painted signs, known as ‘ghost signs’, around the area using historic photographs of Chanterlands Avenue. The transformation has proved popular among residents, sparking conversations about the area’s past.
The product was also used by Andy to create a mural for Ferriby F.C. following the news that the team would be saved from disappearing from the league, as a gift to his home team. The mural’s design reflected the team winning the FA Vase at Wembley Stadium in 2015, and it celebrated 100 years of football in the village.
Community organisation Tigers Trust benefitted from an indoor mural, which was created using Sandtex specially mixed in a variety of bold colours in order to transform a breakout area to be used by young people. Andy consulted with the Tigers Trust team before finalising the colour scheme and design, and eventually brought their ideas to life by creating a vibrant space for users to enjoy.
Commenting on Crown Paints’ involvement in the murals, Andy Pea said: “Completing these four murals wouldn’t have been possible without Crown’s generous donation of Sandtex Trade products, which is a versatile paint that I always have in my armoury when tackling any commission. Thank you to the team at Crown Paints in Hull for your continued support over the past 12 months, and I look forward to seeing what’s in store over the next year.”
Ellis Mudd, manufacturing director at Crown Paints, added: “As a business we pride ourselves on supporting the communities in which we work, so we’re delighted to have played a role in these four murals across Hull. They all look fantastic, and we’re looking forward to supporting more causes in the city in 2021.”
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