In 2016, we marked the 75th anniversary of the death of Amy Johnson, Hull’s flying heroine, with an ambitious two month Festival of the Arts & Engineering, re-telling Amy’s story for contemporary audiences and celebrating her life and achievements. You can see what went on in the downloadable programme.
The Amy Johnson Arts Trust has now been set up as a charity which continues to champion Amy and ensure that future generations of young people know about her remarkable story.
We do this by providing information and educational resources about Amy. We have made many of the artists commissions that tell Amy’s story available on-line at Living Amy commissions. A captivating series of short films about Amy can be seen at 75 Second Films and we have a range of Festival and Amy-related items for sale through our on-line shop. This includes our handsome hardback photo-biographical book ‘Amy Johnson – A Life in Pictures’.
The very popular public art project, A Moth for Amy, has come to an end, but many of the brightly coloured artist designed giant moths can still be seen around Hull and East Yorkshire. Their new locations (and those of the remaining Larkin’s Toads) can be found on an updated map which will be available here from 1 May 2020. In the meantime you can see all the designs in the Moth Gallery.
The sale of Amy’s Moths has enabled us to develop the Amy Johnson Arts & Engineering Awards open to artists and engineers in Hull and East Yorkshire. The 2019 award recipient was Apus Productions for their community based project, ‘A Digital Duet’. This year the Award is focussed on creating a programme to mark the 90th Anniversary of Amy Johnson’s record-breaking solo flight from England to Australia.
Twenty Days is an online celebration in the form of a daily diary, an evidence-based, first-person retelling of the highs, the lows and the unexpected incidents that the 26-year-old Hull hero experienced en route to making history.