CROWN PAINTS BRIGHTENS COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN HULL
We invested in charity and community projects throughout 2019, with a number of colourful donations made to great causes across Hull.
Some of our most popular products are manufactured at our facility in Hull and we regularly donate paint to community projects through our Hull Crown Decorating Centre and NIMTECH, a social enterprise based at our HQ.
One of the key projects in the area we have been involved in is the Colours of Spring Bank. Launched by Artlink Hull, the project has seen artists Shaz Darley and Skeg paint murals and block colours on a number of houses and properties that are home to local businesses in the area, in order to promote the unity, diversity and community spirit of the area.
Colours of Spring Bank gave local residents the chance to have their say on which colours were used for the murals, narrowing the choices down to a palette of 17 colours of Sandtex 365 All Weather Masonry Paint to be used across the project.
We also donated Sandtex masonry paint to street art collective Bankside Gallery for its weekend-long takeover of the Preston Road Estate. The project saw the donated paint used to create blank canvases on 22 empty houses on the estate, which artists then sprayed over with unique graffiti artworks to transform the community.
The takeover saw 130 artists from across the country playing their part in the estate’s transformation, and drew in a number of visitors to watch the process. Amongst them was Hull local Dora Wilkins, who was born in 1933 in one of the houses that received the Bankside Gallery treatment, and who came along to see how the street-art crew were putting pride back in the community.
A 50 litre Sandtex donation also saw a local space transformed when it was used to brighten up the Chanterlands Avenue railway bridge. The Hull City Council initiative allowed artist Andy Pea, part of the Kingston Art Group, to turn the bridge into an open air gallery consisting of different themes and painting styles. Each wall was treated as an individual canvas, with Andy working with Thoresby Primary School to create the design.
The latest cause to receive a donation from us this year was Emmaus Hull, which was provided with Crown Trade Clean Extreme Scrubbable Matt in grey to refurbish its dining room. The charity works to combat homelessness through providing those in need with a stable place to live and work for as long as is needed, and the refurbished dining room is now a clean and fresh space for its companions to enjoy.
With our manufacturing facility based in Hull, it’s important for us as a business to help with local causes as much as we can, so we’re delighted to have donated paint to a number of projects in the area throughout 2019, and we look forward to continuing to be involved with charity and community causes across Hull in 2020.