Hull’s rich fishing industry is being celebrated with two new works of public art in Hessle Road. The murals, created to celebrate the city’s rich fishing heritage, are part of the Hull 2017 Roots & Routes celebration. It’s the brilliant result of a collaboration between the Goodwin Development Trust and the residents of Hessle Road, placing maritime-related art at the heart of the fishing community, funded by Hull 2017’s Creative Communities Programme (CCP) and delivered in partnership with Big Lottery Fund.
Following on from the hugely successful I Wish To Communicate With You (also a CCP-funded project), Terrace Enders is Goodwin’s latest ambitious project engaging local residents in a major art installation.
The murals were inspired by a BBC One Show commissioned mural depicting Lillian Bilocca and the Headscarf Revolutionaries, which appeared on Goodwin’s nearby HQ in March 2016.
Lead artist Andy Pea was joined by Hull artists Sharon Darley and Lydia Caprani, and Belfast artists Kev Largey and Mark Ervine to work on the new murals at Turbo Systems, at the corner of Gillet Street and Hessle Road, and Half Way pub, opposite Asda in Hessle Road. They created the meaningful images with paint generously donated by Crown Paints, a Hull 2017 Business Club partner.
These vivid images poignantly reflect Hull’s fishing industry, its allied industries and the communities they supported. The images were carefully curated with the help of the community and Hull Bullnose Heritage Group, who are working to preserve the memory of St. Andrews Dock and its fishing history.
Andy has a personal investment in the project as his father spent most of his life working in the city’s fishing industry.
“The project aims to remember the history of Hessle Road and to celebrate its fishing industry and heritage,” he said. “I have worked with the community and Hull Bullnose Heritage Group to get the images that we wanted on the walls so everyone was happy.
“The Turbo Systems wall is where we are acknowledging the whole community and the lives of people who worked on Hessle Road on a daily basis. On the Half Way wall, we are remembering the lives of those that never came home. We wanted to make a wall for the boys lost at sea.
“For me it is a celebration of the Hessle Road community and fishing industry, and it is about remembering and celebrating the lives of those that lived on the street and trying to bring it all together in two amazing murals
“We want to create two fantastic pieces of art that can stand on Hessle Road for a long time.”
Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, added: “Hessle Road is a pivotal part of Hull life and its heritage, and we are pleased to be able to offer support for these new murals through our Creative Communities Programme. It will be a wonderful addition to the city streetscape, to be enjoyed by the local community and visitors alike.”
A third mural, funded independently of Hull 2017, was unveiled at Photoworks, at the Rawlings Way end of Hessle Road.
The Goodwin Development Trust was founded over 20 years ago and has since blossomed to a 180-strong community-led social enterprise. It delivers a wide range of services to improve the quality of life for the residents of Thornton Estate, championing arts and culture to achieve this.
The murals can be seen at:
– Turbo Systems, at the corner of Gillet Street and Hessle Road, HU3 4JA.
– Halfway Pub, opposite Asda on Hessle Road, HU3 5AA.
– Photoworks, 11am, at the Rawlings Way end of Hessle Road, HU3 2AF. This mural has been funded independently of Hull 2017.