Making Great Art Happen all Year Long

Making Great Art Happen all Year Long

Local People, Artists, Skills and Development

We’re passionate about supporting artists to create new work, enabling people to learn new skills and providing quality artistic work that can be accessed by everyone. 

We run an extensive year-round programme of projects and work closely with other key arts and cultural organisations. Our aim is to provide opportunities for artist development through new commissions, whilst also giving local people the chance to participate in projects and learn new skills.

Through our in-year projects, we seek out and work with artists and participants who are brave enough to further explore and debate concepts of freedom, both from a historic viewpoint and also in terms of what freedom means today, tomorrow and beyond. In 2017 we are running several year long projects:

Freedom FEASTival – a citywide growing project in partnership with Hull Harvest Feastival which aims to mobilise new land and opportunities and skills for to people to grow food. All food grown will be cooked and shared in an extraordinary theatrical community event held in Queens Gardens on 3rd September as part of the 10th year celebrations of Freedom Festival.

Word on the Street – a spoken Word project that teaches writing and performing poetry to participants who then have the opportunity to create poetry films of their new work and perform their new writing at Freedom Festival in the Speak Out venue.

Beyond Words – The final part of this year-long commissioning project that was launched at Freedom Festival 2016 will take place in WISE, and bring together the final complete collection of artists’ books and exhibits that we have worked with Book Works to curate and commission over the past 18 months.

Sura Medura – an international artists residency centre based in Sri Lanka. We invite artists from all disciplines to submit proposals to create work that is enchanted by being developed in Sri Lanka. Selected artists are offered mentorship and opportunities to meet with their peers in the Sri Lankan arts community, and they have the opportunity to present the resulting work in Sri Lanka and Scotland.

For more information about the projects, please visit their individual pages.


Several local companies and over 200 individuals took part in our projects in 2016.  Through their participation they built confidence, worked with internationally renowned artists and learned a range of skills. 

2017 offers another huge selection of participation opportunities; visit the participate page for more information or sign up to our mailing list to be the first to hear about them. Or do both!