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Thousands of people asked to get naked for art event to mark City of Culture

People in Hull are being asked to take part in a mass naked art event as the city continues to prepare to be the UK City of Culture.

American photographer Spencer Tunick has asked the people of Hull to participate
American photographer Spencer Tunick has asked the people of Hull to participate Image by PA

Hull will be the latest to host a one-off installation by the American photographer Spencer Tunick, who is known for his images of masses of naked people taken at locations all over the world.The installation will be made on Saturday July 9, when the weather will, hopefully, be a little warmer and drier than the the current conditions on the east coast of England.

Spencer Tunick
The photo will be shot by New York artist Spencer Tunick (Julien Behal/PA)

The finished work will be unveiled in 2017 when Hull is the UK City of Culture.

Organisers say Sea Of Hull will give hundreds of people the opportunity to become part of the art work.

Participants covered in specially formulated cosmetic body make-up will position themselves in front of Tunick’s camera in multiple colours of the sea to create abstract shapes separating the body from the pavement in dramatic ways, organisers said.

 Spencer Tunick directs a nude photo in Manchester
Spencer Tunick has previously shot a similar photograph in Manchester (Dave Thompson/PA)

New York-based Tunick has created more 90 installations at landmarks and cities including the Sydney Opera House, Place des Arts in Montreal, Mexico City, Ernest Happel Stadium in Vienna and Munich in Germany.

He said: “I’m very interested in the history of the city and its place as a seafaring centre and its relationship to a rich maritime past.

“It intrigues me that in some places where there are major streets or parks today, previously there was water. To reflect this I’ll be using body paint so that the massed people create the idea of a sea of humanity flooding the urban landscape.”

He said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in art who wants to pose nude but is modest. The body paint will help many participants to overcome their inhibitions – after all, they will still be covered in a way.”

Nude models in Brighton pose for a picture
The image won’t be unveiled until 2017 when Hull becomes the UK City of Culture (Gareth Fuller/PA)

Kirsten Simister, curator at Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery, said: “This is more than a commission. It’s an opportunity to involve people directly in an amazing live, performance that will temporarily transform the city.”

Anyone over 18 can take part. All participants will receive a limited edition photograph in exchange for getting involved

To register and for more information visit hull2017.co.uk. The registration deadline is May 15.

(Press Association)