‘People of Grimsby’ is the title of the new installation created by locally-based professional illustrator Hollie Fuller and can be seen in the window of 4 Wellowgate from now until 31 March.
Hollie’s work has been featured in both The Guardian and New York Times newspapers, with her quirky characters also being used for promotional campaigns.
Hollie was commissioned by The Culture House to create art-work to ‘cheer people up’ and was selected on the basis of her past portfolio of colourful creations.
Charlotte Bowen, Culture House director said:
“Hollie has a very unique style which stood out to the panel. It’s a style which can’t help but out a smile on your face.”
Responding to an open call to local artists for the project, Hollie said “this artwork is my interpretation of ‘People of Grimsby’ and is completely inspired by local folk, some of which you may recognise.
“I was asked to include a special dedication to the late community champion Ian Brocklebank, who was a regular customer at Riverhead Coffee where I work.
“I saw Ian most days and he was always involved in community and creative projects so I was honoured to be asked to incorporate him into my work. I hope that he would’ve liked it!”
Grateful of the opportunity to exhibit her work on this scale, Hollie added: “It’s exciting to see the town stepping towards its potential and show the talented creative community that exists here”.
Since December, local artists’ work has featured in the shop window, a town-centre base for arts organisation The Culture House. The ‘Something To Cheer Us Up’ project is funded by the Arts Council England and has so far seen ‘Share Your Bear’ by Sarah Yarborough and ‘Smile’ by Penny Wood featured.
Charlotte said “It’s of course a shame that the majority of the work has been featured during lockdown but those who’ve passed by seem to have really appreciated the work and we’ve had really positive feedback across social media. We’d love to see People of Grimsby coming along to appreciate Hollie’s tribute to the town!”
The Culture House has 40 free substantial craft-packs to give away for children. These include activity sheets designed by Hollie plus an Arts Award booklet, giving the children the chance to get creative and earn a certificate. Families need to register to collect their free pack from Riverhead Coffee in Cleethorpes and can find the booking link on the Culture House site on the Something to Cheer us Up page.
For full information, see here: https://www.theculturehouse.co.uk/something-to-cheer-us-up/