Rob Nelson, Benjamin Courtney, and Andy Pea in front of the beginning stages of 'The Creation of Hull'

TPE embarks on an artistic journey as work on Hull Paragon’s visionary mural begins

TransPennine Express (TPE) has commissioned a vibrant mural to commemorate the 175th anniversary of Hull Paragon Interchange that will unfold before commuters’ eyes in the coming weeks and months.

TPE has commissioned Hull-based artist, Andy Pea, who, in collaboration with students of Ron Dearing UTC and with ideas from the users of the Interchange and from the wider public, has created a vibrant public art piece that will serve as a visual chronicle of Hull's history.

Andy, a practising artist for more than 25 years and previous collaborator with TPE said: “I’m thrilled to be working with TPE on this unique project and am very excited to begin the painting process.

“The design of this public art piece was born from a process of consultation and collaboration. I have engaged with students from Ron Dearing UTC and the public to create what I hope will be a fitting homage to the rich history of Hull.

“The ‘Creation of Hull’ artwork aims to enrich the urban landscape, proving that when a community comes together to create, the city flourishes as a canvas for collective expression.”

The artwork will completely transform the Ferensway entrance of Hull Paragon Interchange, providing a kaleidoscope of Hull’s history and culture across four walls and the ceiling of the station entrance.

The existing memorial boards in this area will remain and have been sympathetically incorporated into the mural design.

Andy added: “The collaboration nurtured a rich tapestry of ideas, intertwining historical narratives, cultural symbols, and aspirations for the future.

“The artwork will capture the essence of the city’s thriving fishing and historical whaling industries, the iconic Humber Bridge and the delicate balance between human progress and the preservation of the Humber's ecological wonders.

“Not to mention celebrating the city's trailblazers who have left an indelible mark on the world.”

In the coming weeks, Hull Paragon users will see the mural come together as the story of ‘The Creation of Hull’ unfolds day by day to reveal five chapters on the each of the four walls and ceiling. Those chapters are:

  • East wall: A tribute to Kingston-Upon-Hull's deep-rooted connection to the sea and its rich maritime heritage.
  • South wall: Framed by the Humber Bridge against the backdrop of the estuary, seamlessly fusing the themes of trade and nature.
  • West wall: A tribute to the vibrant life of Paragon station, a gateway reverberating with echoes of journeys embarked upon and human experiences.
  • North wall: Representing Hull's legacy of innovation, through a woven tapestry of inspiration, celebrating the city's trailblazers who have left an indelible mark on the world.
  • Ceiling: An imaginative reinterpretation of Michelangelo's iconic masterpiece 'The Creation of Adam', forming the centrepiece of 'The Creation of Hull' artwork. 

The initial stage of the installation work has been focused on the south wall with the painting of birds including a heron and a kingfisher underway.

The full installation process will take several weeks with the work expected to be completed during October.

Ben Courtney, Hull Paragon Station Manager for TPE said: “Hull is my home and I was already familiar with Andy’s work across the city and was delighted when he agreed to take this project on.

“Andy’s vision and passion to project the history and vision of Hull on the canvas we provided has gone well beyond our expectations. The finished artwork will leave a lasting impression on visitors and enhance the journeys of regular Interchange users.”

The installation is part of a series of exciting improvements happening at the Interchange. Alongside the opening of the Safer Hull Hub Facility, these enhancements will elevate the overall ambience.

Ben added: “This is a very exciting time for Hull Paragon Interchange, and I look forward to being able to share details of further enhancements soon.”

Councillor Mark Ieronimo, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Highways and Roads at Hull City Council, said: “Paragon Interchange has served, and continues to serve, the transport needs of millions of rail and bus passengers every single year.

“The mural, commissioned by TPE, to commemorate the interchange’s historic anniversary will not only act as a symbol of civic pride for those who live and work in the city, it will also provide a powerful first and last impression for the many visitors Hull receives annually, many of whom will make their journeys from this location.

“The council looks forward to seeing Andy’s work as it develops over the coming weeks and how, when complete, it will celebrate the rich culture, history and heritage of Hull.”

Notes to editors

The ‘History of the Birds’ artwork that was previously displayed in the Ferensway entrance of Hull Paragon Interchange will now be displayed in the new Ron Dearing UTC Art Gallery.

Ron Dearing UTC is a university technical college which opened in September 2017 in Kingston upon Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, England. The UTC is sponsored by the University of Hull and local companies, and is named after the senior civil servant Ronald Dearing.

The Safer Hull Paragon Hub, created in collaboration with Hull City Council, British Transport Police (BTP), Humberside Police, local community agencies and support-providing charities, provides a consistent point of contact for those in need at Hull Paragon Station.


Rob Nelson, a fellow artist and friend of Andy Pea who is assisting in the 'Creation of Hull' mural. Benjamin Courtney, Hull Paragon Station Manager. Andy Pea the artist TPE has commissioned to create 'The Creation of Hull'