Legendary faces from Hull music scene on huge new Avenues mural

A spectacular new mural charting Hull’s musical history is taking shape in a side street just off Princes Avenue.

Retired art teacher Ed Ullyart says he’s already delighted by the public’s reaction as it starts to emerge across a gable end in Clumber Street.

He said: “People have been coming up and saying some very nice things about it which is very satisfying from my point of view.

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“Most of them seem to want to know who will be appearing next.”

The huge artwork already features images of the late Mick Ronson, Roland Gift, 1980s indie band The Red Guitars and folk group The Watersons.

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Retired art teacher Ed Ullyart works on an image of Hull folk group The Watersons
Retired art teacher Ed Ullyart works on an image of Hull folk group The Watersons

It has been commissioned by the building’s owner Ken Cutsworth and is Mr Ullyart’s first ever outdoor mural.

“I’ve never attempted something like this before so it’s been a case of learning as you go along,” he said.

“What I’m trying to achieve with the colours I’m using is to blend everything into the existing brickwork to make it look almost natural.”

He used a projector to beam an outline of his intricate designs on the wall before drawing them in chalk.

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The former head of art at Malet Lambert and Perronet Thomspon secondary schools in Hull normally spends his time painting stage sets for East Riding Theatre in Beverley.

He also designed the sets for Hull playwright Rupert Creed’s Turn and Face the Strange, the City of Culture-commissioned stage show which told the story of Mick Ronson, the legendary Hull-born guitarist who was the musical driving force behind David Bowie’s Spiders from Mars.

“It was Rupert who initially came up with the idea of the mural. He talked me into it,” said Ed.

With several well-known Hull faces from the city’s music scene yet to appear on the mural, he says he’s in no hurry to finish.



Ed Ullyart working his new new mural in Clumber Street
Ed Ullyart working his new new mural in Clumber Street

“I honestly don’t know how long it’s going to take but I’m in no rush. It will take as long as it takes and it keeps me out of the gym.”

As well as the city’s musical stars, he also plans to include an image of popular Hull lollipop man Phil Boreham who died in January after spending several years patrolling a nearby pedestrian crossing on Princes Avenue with his dog Snowy and a handmade ‘Thank You’ sign he showed to patient drivers.

“He was a lovely chap, so it’s the least I can do,” said Ed.