Empty shop units are set to take centre stage in a three-day mini-festival of arts and culture in Hull.
City-based arts company Absolutely Cultured is commissioning eight local artists to create shop window designs in empty stores across the city centre.
It aims to bring redundant spaces temporarily back to life following the impact of lockdown restrictions on the high street as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Shop closures linked to the pandemic have been particularly noticable in the city centre where several national names, including Topshop, Burton and Debenhams, have all been recent casualties.
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In a call-out to artists to take part in July’s Creative Hull festival, the company said: “The pandemic has highlighted how important creativity is for our health and wellbeing, it has also accelerated the closure of high street shops.
“Hull is a city which already recognises the important role for culture in regeneration and communities but never before has this been as important as it is now.