City’s artists are definitely playing with a full deck…

City’s artists are definitely playing with a full deck…

Hull 52 is a collaborative art project that brings together artists, illustrators and designers from Hull, to create a unique set of playing cards, each one featuring original work from some of the city’s best creative talents.

A simple idea and a desire to create an inclusive art project led Adam Kerr, the 21 year old designer and illustrator behind the project, to publish a post on social media requesting that interested artists got in touch. The response was a positive one. So positive in fact that it led to YesYesBD contacting Adam to offer their support with branding and marketing the project. A website was built, which allowed artists to sign up to get involved and Hull 52 was in full swing.

The response came as a surprise to the artist. “It was honestly unbelievable, an idea that I was hesitant to post became a thing that the whole Hull art community was excited or urged to be a part of. I also think it’s been a confidence boost for younger artists to be a part of the same project as industry professionals.”

Having been inundated with requests from fellow artists of all levels, working in a wide range of styles and media, the selection process had to begin. The 54 artists (a full deck including two jokers) were hand-picked in order to represent different aspects of Hull’s creative and artistic scenes. Adam was clear in his vision from the start. Each card had to look different and have its own unique style, so the pack would include something for everyone and would represent as wide a spectrum of art in Hull as possible.

From its beginnings online, the project has now generated funds through crowd-funding to allow the physical decks of cards to be produced. The decks of cards will be a pocket-sized gallery of some of Hull’s finest established and up-and-coming artists, and all of the profits from Hull 52 will go to support The Hull Children’s University.

I asked Adam what he thinks about the current creative landscape in Hull.

“I feel that with the status of city of culture, came a new appreciation for the local art. It’s always been there but people who otherwise would have walked by are taking notice. It seems like every day another opportunity presents itself for. The feeling of “there will be no better time” has really motivated me and I don’t think I’m alone in that”

View the full deck of cards featuring Hull illustrators and artists at:

View more of Adam’s work at:

View my contribution: Laugh Until Your Face Hurts – Black/Blue Joker.


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