View navigation

We are an international gateway to exceptional artists and makers, combining epic to intimate moments in public spaces where artists and audiences meet.

Producers of Hull's Freedom Festival, an international arts festival, we believe artists can change the narrative. With a distinctive creative voice, we enrich our society, giving artistic expression to themes of democracy, identity, human rights and freedom.

We are proud to be one of Arts Council England's National Portfolio Organisations, regarded as a leader in the field of outdoor arts and are part of the artistic directorate of The Without Walls Network and one of only three UK partners of the Europe-wide IN SITU Network. We work in partnership because nothing great is achieved in isolation.      

Get involved

Core projects

We’re proud to be a commissioning partner of Global Streets, a national programme that is inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities.

Freedom Festival would not be possible without the 130 incredible volunteers who give their time every summer to welcome artists and visitors to the festival and to the city.

For 2019 we saw the eyes of the festival through our first ever Young Reporters, as part of an exciting new partnership with Ron Dearing UTC.

We are proud to be one of three UK representatives of the IN SITU network, collaborating with 23 other European programmers to nurture artist development and support artists to develop new forms of art in public space.

Continuing the conversation beyond Freedom Festival, with our Freedom Talks.

We’re proud to be a commissioning partner of Without Walls, a network of festivals that brings fantastic outdoor arts to audiences across the UK.

What we're up to

26th November 2019

Silver Award for Arts and Culture!

What a great night we had celebrating the city of Hull at the Welcome to Yorkshire White Rose Awards where we scooped the Silver Award for Arts and Culture.

12th November 2019

Appointment of new Executive Director

We're delighted to announce the appointment of Anthony Baker as our new Executive Director and Joint CEO

8th November 2019

Young voices of Freedom

We're continuing to give a voice to the city's young people with new projects for 2020!

Our partners

Arts Council Logo
HCC-1
WoW-Logo-CMYK
insitu-1
Screen Shot 2019-06-13 at 12.04.59
Global-streets
wykeland
kcom
uniofhull
hull college.jpg
colettaandtyson
keepmoat
cranswick
abp
rsm
Logo
nova-studios-video-production-hull-1
Screen Shot 2019-06-02 at 21.52.31
0xuHX0IL
RDUTC Logo
rollits
Screen Shot 2019-07-03 at 15.13.50
Strata
XTRAX_Logo_CMYK_Teal
TPC_New_Logo
br_horiz_digital_black
Screen Shot 2019-06-02 at 22.05.11
Screen Shot 2019-08-06 at 21.21.11
PLATFORM_4_MASTER_LOGO
stateofthearts_bw