Terrace Enders murals commemorate the legacy of Hessle Road

Published: Wednesday 24th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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The Terrace Enders murals were recently unveiled on Hessle Road. We spoke with lead artist Andy Pea to find out more about the art.

Hull City of Culture 2017 is all about showing the world the fascinating culture and heritage of our city. The Terrace Enders murals will continue this legacy for years to come, celebrating Hull’s iconic fishing industry.

Funded by the Creative Communities Programme, the artwork is a collaboration between the Goodwin Development Trust and the Hessle Road residents. The stunning pieces are part of the Hull 2017 Roots & Routes season.

The primary purpose of these paintings is to commemorate the rich heritage of Hessle Road, as well as its strong links with the city’s fishing industry.

Many fishermen and their families once lived in the area. A real sense of community could be felt at this time, with social clubs and pubs bustling with seamen during their time in-between trips.

Meanwhile, the industry played a key role in the city’s economy, providing a livelihood for several generations. Incredibly, an economic survey carried out in the mid-1950s found that for every fisherman working at sea, there were up to three onshore jobs associated with the industry.

It has therefore been estimated that around 50,000 people in Hull were shore workers. This equates to 20% of the city’s population at that time. As a result, the fishing industry served as the backbone of the area for many decades.

On top of this, the docks were a major player in Great Britain’s defence system, especially throughout the 1800s and during both World Wars.

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The Terrace Enders murals were created by lead artist Andy Pea, whose father spent most of his working life involved in the city’s fishing industry. He was joined by other Hull-based artists Sharon Darley and Lydia Caprani, as well as Kev Largey and Mark Ervine from Belfast.

“Crown Paint kindly donated all of the paint and resources that we needed. They were incredible,” Andy tells us.

“The whole process probably took us about ten days in total, with a lot of late nights. It was draining, but great fun.”

The images were curated with the help of the local community and most notably the Hull Bullnose Heritage Group. This group is currently working to keep the memories of St. Andrew’s Dock alive with various installations and projects similar to Terrace Enders.

“We met some really lovely folk whilst we were painting,” adds Andy. “One man brought his granddaughter and explained all the different images. And that’s what it’s all about, continuing the story.”

“We’re not painting them for our recognition. It’s for the people of Hessle Road.”

You may have seen their memorial The Last Trip in Zebedee’s Yard, which remembers the 6,000 lost trawlers who didn’t get the chance to return to Hull’s ports.

The group has produced two murals, which can be seen at Turbo Systems on the corner of Gillet Street and Hessle Road, and at Halfway pub opposite Asda supermarket.

The pair of inspiring artworks will stand proudly for years to come, serving as a lasting monument to those involved in Hull’s fishing trade.

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Published: Wednesday 24th May 2017 by Courtney Farrow

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