Larkin25 had a remarkable impact on Hull and East Yorkshire. Celebrating one of the region’s most important cultural figures, and the incredible talent and creativity of East Yorkshire, Larkin25 raised £50,000 for good causes, and brought 120,000 people to Hull City Centre during the Larkin with Toads public art installation in 2010.
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The project involved creative people from Sir Andrew Motion and Sir Tom Courtenay, to Hull’s brightest contemporary musical, literary and artistic talents, and created a host of permanent public realm artworks through the Larkin Trail and the statue at Paragon Station.
Over 40 businesses joined public sector funders to make the ambitious project a reality, and proved that culture could be a real driver of tourism and regeneration. The national and regional press looked at Hull with fresh eyes, and celebrated the architecture, art, landscapes and visitor attractions that the East Riding has to offer.
Don’t forget- some of the Larkin Toads still live in Hull – can you find them all?
Take the Larkin Trail!
You can find out more about the poetry and the city that Larkin25 celebrated, by taking the Larkin Trail. The Trail consists of 25 specially commissioned artist designed signs, installed at locations across Hull and in the surrounding countryside. Each sign features poetry extracts and information about the poet’s life and work, linked to the location. Each location has been selected for its relevance to the poet’s life and work, and each sign has been specifically designed for the site in question.