Anlaby Road Football Ground Project update

Chris Smith provides an update and invites suggestions for a name for the art project

Since we last reported a tremendous amount of planning has been undertaken behind the scenes culminating in the formulation of the Project Plan. So, no news in this case is definitely good news,
because the project has developed to the stage that the artist brief is imminent.

One of the key aims of the HCST is to preserve, protect and develop the identity and community of
Hull City AFC, an aim embodied in the Trust’s strap line – “Ambition & Tradition”. Whilst honouring the past, the Trust is actively looking to the future in a spirit of celebration and excitement. This project has been born from these aims and the desire to enable supporters and members of the public to celebrate the heritage of the football club through the commemoration of the site of the first home of Hull City AFC.

We will look to agree the artist brief before the end of the year and this will trigger the formal launch in the New Year to coincide with the brief being advertised for artists to respond with expressions of interest.

A selection of artists will then be interviewed in the spring of 2016 in order to draw up a short list of three.

These artists will then be tasked with working up their ideas including the production of a maquette,
or working model, as well as providing costings for the production and installation of finished piece.

The proposal is to place the models on public display and this is when Hull City supporters and the
general public will have the opportunity of commenting on what they like best of all three submissions.

2016 is set to be a defining year for the project as efforts to raise the necessary finance via sponsorship, crowd funding and grants will be crucial in securing its success with the projected unveiling of the completed artwork planned for the start of the 2017/18 season and thereby contributing to the year of City of Culture 2017.

The Anlaby Road Football Ground Project is a bit of a mouthful (to say the least) so we would now like you to suggest a short snappy description which the project can adopt.  (We intend to produce a booklet detailing the project from inception to installation. Whoever comes up with the best name will be acknowledged in the booklet.)  Please forward your suggestions to by 30 November.

For more information, contact Chris Smith.

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