Creative Hull is a weekend long celebration of the creativity and culture that Hull has to offer, taking place from the 16 -18 July 2021.
Occupying disused shops and buildings, outdoor spaces, existing venues and taking place digitally, Creative Hull is a moment to celebrate our city’s culture and the role it can play as we emerge from this last year – responding to the changes brought and shaping a new optimistic future.
Originally planned for 2020, Creative Hull have worked hard to make sure events can go ahead in a considered and socially distanced way – and they’re really excited to be able to bring some much-needed joy to the city this summer!
What to expect
They’re currently working with other local organisations to shape the programme, though we can already expect it to feature Hull-based theatre company Middle Child, exhibitions at Humber Street Gallery including In My Room by artists Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings, and Pride in Hull will be hosting a pop-up hangout safe space. Also commissioned is an interactive public artwork to be erected in the city centre, developed with the people of Hull by Morag Myerscough.
And that’s just for starters, as they’ll have even more exciting details to share with everyone in the coming months!
Can I get involved?
Yes! Local artists, community groups and cultural organisations who may already be planning an activity that could take place over that weekend – whether that’s a gig, an exhibition, a craft fair, a book club event or a children’s activity – are invited to complete an online form to be included in the Creative Hull campaign and its listings.
Absolutely Cultured will provide seed funding of up to £1,000 for eight local artists or collectives who have an existing or new project they want to try out as part of the programme; whether that be within a community, in a public venue or digitally. A further eight local artists will be commissioned to create shop window designs as part of a series, which will be featured across the city-centre. You can find out more about these artist callouts below.
They will be working with local artists in Gipsyville and Peel Street on community-based projects and there will be a number of activities for schools and colleges and for people to get involved across the city – whether that be from home or attending in person.