Arts Development


Follow the Herring

herring girls working

Follow the Herring was an exciting project travelling down the East Coast of Britain from Scotland to Great Yarmouth, following the route of the Herring Girls who gutted the fish that were landed along the coast.  The project culminated in each host town/city with a play called 'Tie Up Your Fingers', plus exhibitions which included a knitted 'Coat for A Boat'.  For more information about the general project, visit the website

In Hull, Artlink lead a host of exciting projects to create work for exhibitions at Holy Trinity and in Artlink's Gallery, plus contributing to the set at Hull Truck Theatre and other displays around the city.

Individuals and groups got involved in workshops and other activities, making amazing knitted and stitched articles, including crocheted crabs and patchwork rayfish, and we received thousands of knitted herring for our shoals!

The 'knitted oil painting' made with wonderful knitter Sue McBride has been given to Holy Trinity Church for continued display in the Lost Trawlermen Memorial area of the church.  Other fishy creations are displayed in different events and venues throughout the city, including Rayners Pub.

crochet coral reef

For more info and crochet and knitting patterns please follow the link below: 

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