Peel Street artwork captures city’s characters and charisma

A Hull artist has pulled together a heartwarming exhibition celebrating Peel Street as a diverse melting pot.

Sergej Komkov, who previously won the National Express Coach Design Competition, said the focus was to tell the stories of the people who live in the area.

“Each board is a character and a story, whether it’s the family that owns the corner shop or a group of strangers who became friends to learn English,” he said.

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“We really wanted to show the unity of Peel Street that pulled them through together during the pandemic.

“The people here came together to look after each other during the tough times. For example, a lot of people supplied food to one another for free.

“Some people who worked at the bakery, for instance, would bread to their neighbours during the lockdown.”



The focus of the project was to tell the stories of the people who live in the area.

The project, commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, displays over 20 boards of photographs, each providing an insight into the life of an individual or a group of people.

The exhibition will be displayed until July 25 at Peel Street Park.

Mr Komkov, has also simultaneously worked on another project where he spray painted the bollards on Ryde Street.

Despite the area’s reputation for being “a rough part of town”, he said: “Every single person who passed me was so lovely.

“Even those who could not speak English thanked me by bringing me water, coffee and energy drinks when they saw me working.”

Mr Komkov hopes his efforts with the photography exhibition and the addition of the colourful bollards would urge the council to invest more into those areas in the future.