The city is becoming a living, breathing art gallery… and there’s more to come!
Something of a revolution is taking place in Hull, and as an artist it is one of the most exciting and encouraging things I’ve seen happen in the city for a long time. Public art, which at one time appeared sporadically and usually temporarily around the city, has become commonplace. At the moment new murals and large pieces of art are appearing almost every week and these pieces are not confined to abandoned buildings and underpasses. They are big, they are bright, they are very public, and they are incredible to see.
From the amazing new murals on Hessle road, celebrating the areas fishing heritage, to the colourful cartoon mural featuring coffee cups, on the side of Choppers Bar on Beverley Road, public art has been embraced by people across Hull and is finally being recognised as a legitimate art form.
Hull has a rich history when it comes to public art and graffiti, however it’s only recently that this has come to the attention of the wider public. Artists like Nick Horsfield and Pinky have been flying the flag for Hull graffiti art for years, and with aerosol and mural artists Spray Creative and the team at Ground Gallery gaining more recognition, the future for Hull street art is looking good.
As well as creating my own mural, celebrating Hull’s business heritage, on Wellington Street in the Fruit Market, a couple of weeks back for the business support organisation ENRG I also had the privilege of working on a couple of the murals on Hessle Road. Working with the fantastic local artist Andy Pea, and world renowned mural artist Mark Ervine, who also painted the Lillian Bilocca mural on Anlaby road, was a great experience. After helping out on their mural on the side of Turbo Systems, I jumped over a second mural, spray cans in hand, to assist Kev Largey (who also worked on the Anlaby Road mural), Lydia Caprani and Sharon Darley who had been working on another piece on the side of the Halfway Pub.
The team of artists who created the murals not only pulled off a mammoth task, but also created something that will speak to generations of people on Hessle Road and beyond. While working on the murals we were stopped a couple of times by people walking past who were, unsurprisingly, emotional having recognised themselves or loved ones in the murals.
With more murals coming soon from Ground Gallery, Spray Creative re-painting Drypool Bridge and the side of Larkins on Newland Avenue, a few more of my own murals popping up around the city and a host of other artists creating murals, Hull is gradually becoming a living, breathing art gallery.