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Kofi Smiles lends a hand to success of Hull Bus Strokes Project

08 Jun 2017

BBC’s Face of Hull 2017, Kofi Smiles, was one of the first people to submit his handprint to a unique art project that celebrates Hull being named the 2017 UK City of Culture.  

Stagecoach East Midlands and Hull School of Art and Design launched an exciting project at the beginning of the year, working together to transform two double-decker buses into modern masterpieces. Design students were invited to put forward their creations for the vehicles as part of their coursework and after much deliberation, two designs made the cut. 

Lauren Jones’ BA Hons Graphic Design, ‘Paint the town Hull’ design was the first to catch the judges’ eyes. The first year student’s concept invites the people of Hull to have their handprints copied, signed and transferred onto the side of a double-decker bus. 

Stagecoach East Midlands, at the Paragon Interchange, collected over 330 hand prints on Thursday 1st June, with people from all ages lining up to have their handprint captured for the unique design that was overseen by Lauren.  

Lauren said: “I can’t quite believe that my design is going to be brought to life in a matter of days! I’m thrilled that the judges liked my design and I’m very proud of this city and I’m just glad that I can be a part of the City of Culture celebrations.” 

Another double-decker bus has also been transformed after Tom Cutler and Mikey Fulton, both third year BA Hons Graphic Design students, created the second winning design. The duo presented a photographic concept that features landmark buildings from across Hull and quotes from the city’s residents. This bus was launched and in service on major routes throughout Hull for BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend and will continue to be in service for the remainder of the City of Culture year.  

Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “It’s an exciting time for both us and the Hull School of Art and Design students, Lauren, Tom and Mikey. After wowing the judges with their creative designs, the process is now well and truly underway to bring their creations to life.  

Lauren's vision will now become reality as the hand prints are transferred and applied to the bus for longevity. Once complete, the bus will be in service around Hull.

hand printKofi Smiles, BBC's Face of Hull 2017, with his hand print.