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Art and activism 

Kicking off in October 2020, vibrant murals will bring the risks of a flooded future to life across Hull.

Involving internationally renowned artists, local artists, community groups and local residents, the installations are about the reality of climate change.   

The murals will help to make action inarguable. They’ll be some of the biggest and boldest Hull has ever seen. 

We want to help you tell the story of climate change in Hull,  but also to send a clear message to both local and national governments that those most at risk from the climate crisis demand more action. 

We’ll also be running lots of training courses and giving hands-on help to turn anger and anxiety into action. Because we can’t wait.  We need to act now to make sure our families and businesses are kept safe and dry for the years to come.  

Online and – when safe to do so – in person, Shorelines will work with people right across the city to find out what they think should be done about it – and help them to get those in power to respond.

Find out how you can get involved here.

A city wide community art project. Imagine a future where by the end of the century, much of our city is under water.

The science

Because of climate change sea levels near Hull are likely to rise 1.55m by 2125. That could be an underestimate, and even if it isn’t, sea level will go on rising long after that. Extreme weather conditions are on the rise too; the UK faces a rise in storms and unprecedented levels of rainfall. Storm surges of increased severity will become far more common.

What does that mean?

River flows will dramatically increase. There’ll be more surface flooding as the ground saturates and can’t drain fast enough. Cities by the sea face storm surges and rises in sea level. The majority of Hull is below sea level, like New Orleans. That makes the city extremely vulnerable to climate change. Existing flood defences are being upgraded, but urgent further investment, action and thought will be needed to secure the long term security of the city. If you can remember the flooding in 2007 and the storm surge in 2013, you understand the severity of what we face. That type of disaster is likely to happen again, more frequently. All of this is solvable, but only if we work together as a community.

Who is behind the project?

Shorelines is a project created by >Rights : Community : Action – a campaigning group dedicated to giving people the skills and knowledge they need to make a difference to the climate crisis. It’s delivered in partnership with Drunk Animal, a hull-based creative agency. It is funded by the Quadrature Climate Foundation.  

Where to find all the murals