Wrap Up Warm and Wear Your Wellies

A family arts consultation event on the Bransholme Estate in Hull

As part of its initial consultation work, Roots and Wings in Hull have been working on the Bransholme Estate, a 50 year old estate in the north of the city and the third largest housing estate in Europe.

Roots and Wings have been supporting community groups in Bransholme in partnership with Bransholme Community Arts Enterprises to run a family arts event. The aims of the event were:

  • as a taster for the audience and participants
  • to start off conversations about their aspirations for arts in their local community
  • as a baseline activity to define how things are now and what people want for the arts in this area¬†

The event was called Wrap up Warm and Wear your Wellies and was planned to take place in the local community wood. Heavy rain in the days before the event meant that the venue was changed to a local primary school.

Ten other local groups in the area were involved by either making the artwork or running the event itself - from making soup to stewarding, with 500 people involved in making artwork for the events, film making and behind the scenes activity.

Highlights included bands, film screenings, luminescent sculptures and a fire show as the finale.

120 people attended, providing lots of feedback about the kinds of art people would like to see in the future. Work continues in the area in order to scope community-led art commissions for the local people.