The 17-day Fishing Heritage Art Exhibition at St John’s Church, Newington, is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for local artists to take a central part in a landmark year for the arts in Hull.

St John the Baptist, Newington, became known as ‘the fishermen's church’ during Hull's fishing industry heyday, at the heart of the Hessle Road community. St John’s was threatened with closure a decade ago, but has turned round, done great work in the community, extended the building, appointed a children and families worker, and has won a Creative Communities grant for 2017 for making the church a cultural venue for the area.

A creative collaboration between art students, local artists, St John the Baptist Church and local fishing groups, the Fishing Heritage Art Exhibition will retell the rich story of Hull’s fishing heritage and engage and educate a younger generation, with school visits booked in every weekday afternoon.

Major features include:

  • Friday 30 June, 7.00pm – 10.00pm, an evening with Alec Gill MBE and Peter Naylor (designer of Hull’s Fishing Memorial). Alec will talk about Hull’s fishing industry and Peter will share the thoughts behind the design of his memorial which stands at St Andrew’s Quay. Tickets £5 available from Hull Box Office or direct from the Revd Tony Cotson on 07870 741647.
  • Sunday 9 July (Sea Sunday) will see a gathering of Hull’s fishing community fill the church; four local primary schools have started choirs and each school will provide 12 singers for a combined choir for the day (this will be one legacy of the event). Local MPs, Councillors, fishing heritage groups and City of Culture guests will be part of the congregation. Bishop of Hull the Right Reverend Alison White will dedicate and bless a plaque to be hung in the Fishermen’s Corner in St John’s Church commemorating Hull and Icelandic trawlermen lost to the sea.
  • Planned to capture the City’s imagination, the exhibition is being promoted by the City of Culture digital team at
Vicar of St John’s the Revd Tony Cotson said, “The Fishing Heritage Art Exhibition is a great catch for St John’s and perfectly sums up the bonds between the churches of Hull and the fishing community down the centuries.