Creative Hull Celebratory Summer Event Will Shine a Light on City’s Creativity

Creative Hull Bikes & Beans, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran

Creative Hull is a weekend-long celebration of the creativity and culture that Hull has to offer. And it’s taking place this year between 16th -18th July.

Occupying disused shops and buildings, outdoor spaces, existing venues, and taking place digitally; Creative Hull is creating a moment to celebrate the city’s culture and realise the role it can play as we emerge from the last 12 months.

Creative Hull PRS Foundation's New Music Biennial 2019, Absolutely Cultured © Tom Arran


The programme will be shaped with those involved in the coming months. But Hull-based company Middle Child Theatre are already expected to feature. There are also exhibitions at Humber Street Gallery; and Pride in Hull will be hosting a pop-up hangout safe space. There will also be an interactive public art commission erected in the city centre, developed with the people of Hull, by Morag Myerscough.

Even more exciting programme details will be announced over the coming months.

To support participation, Absolutely Cultured will provide seed funding of up to £1,000 for eight local artists or collectives. They’ll assist an existing or new project they want to try out as part of the programme. In addition to marketing, further support will be provided such as use of a venue, production, event management and volunteer support. A further eight local artists will be commissioned to create shop window designs as part of a series.

Creative Hull Installation view. In My Room, Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings. Courtesy of Focal Point Gallery and the artists, 2020 © Anna Lukala

“A wealth of creativity”

Stephen Munn is CEO and Artistic Director at Absolutely Cultured. He said, “There is a wealth of creativity and culture happening in Hull, much of which has been impacted heavily over this last year. We wanted to shine a light on it by facilitating an event that could bring that wide variety of digital, visual art, dance, theatre, music and just people being creative, under one banner. It’s a chance to be part of something bigger, together.”

Absolutely Cultured 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, colleges and people to get involved across the city. They can either attend from home or be there in person.

Mr Munn added, “Creative Hull is about celebrating Hull’s creativity in all its forms so we didn’t want to be prescriptive. We want people to join in with their activity whether that’s a gig, an exhibition, a craft fair, a book club event or a children’s activity.”

Everyone will be invited to ‘get creative’, do something fun and discover something new through arts and culture. The programme will be promoted across social media and on the Absolutely Cultured website.

You can have your event or activity included in the digital listings. Submit your details for free: Absolutely Cultured’s website by 28th May.
Images by Tom Arran & Anna Lukala


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