Hull is where the ‘art is

Mandela Mural

Stretching from the Fruit Market to the Wilberforce Institute for the Study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE) on Hull’s High Street, the mural celebrates the life of former South African president and revolutionary, Nelson Mandela.

The commissioned piece by Flava Arts, embraced the work of 12 graffiti artists, as part of Hull’s Freedom Festival in 2014.


Sir William De La Pole statue

You’ll find the statue of the first Mayor of the city of Hull standing on Nelson Street near the Pier in the Fruit Market.

The gothic revival style statue of Sir William De La Pole was created by a Hull sculptor William D. Keyworth in 1879.

The wording on the plinth reads:

Sir William de la Pole, Knight Banneret, First Mayor of Hull 1332 to 1335. An eminent and munificent benefactor. Lord of Myton and Holderness, Baron of the Exchequer, Founder of Charter House Hull, Ancestor of  the Noble Family of Suffolk. He died 22 June 1366.

Pinkyvision Mural

You may have spotted this psychedelic piece while supping your brew in Thieving Harry’s.

The bright and fun pop piece sits well in the urban village of the Fruit Market, and helps to spark and encourage creativity in the area.

Pinky says his vision is all about making people smile – he sure has with this burst of colour!



On the waterfront across from The Deep you might have noticed a rather strange, green-tinged statue. This leaning bronze artwork was created by Icelandic artist Steinunn Thorarinsdottir.

The form, named Voyage, looks out across the water of the Humber Estuary and beyond, representing a link in trade history and fishing heritage between Hull and Icelandic communities.

In a small Icelandic village called Vik on the south coast, you’ll find the sister statue of Voyage, named For, looking out across the water towards Hull.

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