Striking Hull street art reaches world stage on awards longlist

Her artwork has brightened up junctions along one of Hull’s busiest roads.

Now Lydia Caprani’s striking designs on a series of traffic light signal boxes on Beverley Road have been longlisted for a major international award.

The Hull artist was originally commissioned by Hull City Council to decorate the cabinets in a bid to tackle graffiti and vandalism

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She was one of three artists involved the trial project.

Her distinctive patterned designs have now been selected as one of 500 projects chosen from an initial entry of more than 5,000 in the design, poduct and packaging category of the 2021 World Illustration Awards.

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Hull artist Lydia Caprani has been longlisted for an international design award
Hull artist Lydia Caprani has been longlisted for an international design award

She said: “I am honoured to have been longlisted for the World Illustration Awards, amongst some of the most exciting illustration talent around the world.

“The project was a fantastic opportunity to stay creative during lockdown and allowed me to expand my patterned based work into a new context.

“I couldn’t be happier that the decorative cabs have been recognised on the world stage.”

The inspiration for her designs came from nearby historic features on Beverley Roads with the colour palettes being chosen to compliment their surroundings.

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She recently completed a major commission for Absolutely Cultured which involved designing a new gable end mural at Peel Park in Peel Street off Spring Bank.

She was also part of a team of local artists behind a giant mural commemorating the late Hull guitarist and musican Mick Ronson in the Greatfield estate where he grew up.

Councillor Rosemary Pantelakis, the council’s portfolio holder for arts and culture, said: “We are thrilled that the work of one of our talented Hull designers is being recognised in this way.



One of Lydia Caprani's signal box designs on Beverley Road near the junction with Queens Road and Sculcoates Lane
One of Lydia Caprani’s signal box designs on Beverley Road near the junction with Queens Road and Sculcoates Lane

“Lydia beautiful and sympathetic designs have enhanced our urban environment and made points of interest from something as mundane as a traffic signal control box.

“Her work has also reduced vandalism and the need for maintenance, further enhancing and enriching the area.

“We look forward to rolling out the project to other sites as soon as possible, and look forward to more design-led collaborations with artists in the future.



Lydia Caprani's signal box designs have brought a splash of colour to Beverley Road
Lydia Caprani’s signal box designs have brought a splash of colour to Beverley Road

“We wish Lydia all the best with the competition.”

The next set of decorated signal boxes are expected to appear along Pickering Road in the next few months.

The award winners will be announced in October.