Model City
Model City will take place in King Edward Street in Hull city centre this half term.

Hopes and dreams of Hull children to be shared with shoppers

Hull’s children will be sharing their visions for the future as part of an immersive art installation next month.

Model City, from Absolutely Cultured, will see Hull’s children take shoppers and passers-by to alternate realities.

The installation will take over King Edward Street this February half term.

The playful and thought-provoking soundscape has been produced by BAFTA award-winning composer Dan Jones.

The soundscape will provide a way of re-imagining the space through the children’s eyes, making the familiar unfamiliar and making people look twice at their surroundings.

The project, which is supported by NHS Hull Clinical Commissioning Group, began in November 2019 with a series of workshops with children from three Hull primary schools – Newington Academy, The Launch Pad at Bricknell Primary School and Woodland Primary School – that were delivered by design collective RESOLVE.

Children look at artwork

Model City has seen children take part in a series of workshops to explore relationships with the city.

Each of the workshops focused on a different theme including the future of the high street, traffic and transport, taking care of the city and healthy Hull.

Lindsay Stockley, head of creative programmes at Absolutely Cultured, said: “The workshops with the children were all about them playing an active role in shaping and co-creating Model City with the artist.

“The project gives them a voice and a platform to share their aspirations for the future of Hull and we think that people will be surprised and intrigued by what they have come up with.”

The installation will run daily from Friday 14 February until Sunday 23 February from 10am until 6pm.

In addition to the installation, a Model City pop-up space will be open daily from Saturday 1 February until Sunday 23 February from 10am until 6pm at 23 King Edward Street.

In the space, which has been co-created by lead designers RESOLVE Collective and Absolutely Cultured volunteers, visitors will be able to learn more about the creation process, take part in free family activities and have their say on what would make their Model City.

Find out more here.