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.
Here are some of our latest year-round projects:
Print Shop: RISE [UP]! – We invited R.M. Sanchez-Camus (Marcelo) to be our Artist in Residence at Freedom Festival 2018. Ahead of the festival, we launched a pop-up art studio on Whitefriargate to encourage a collective expression of Freedom and Empowerment.
With his work, Marcelo was interested in exploring the themes of empowerment and Freedom in a fun and friendly environment where anyone could come and take part. Participants were involved in design and creating their own t-shirts and placards. Since the festival, Marcelo has gone on to development the project further and has been facilitating workshops all over the U.K.
Freedom FEASTival – a citywide growing project in partnership with Hull Harvest Feastival which mobilises new land, and opportunities and skills for diverse groups of people to grow food. All food grown, is cooked and shared in an extraordinary theatrical community event, held in the city centre, as part of Freedom Festival.
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, please visit the individual project pages above.
Accelerate Internship Programme
The Accelerate Internship launched in 2018, in partnership with University of Hull, saw 3 Interns join us from July to September 2018.
The Accelerate initiative is a first for Freedom Festival Arts Trust as it continues to nurture and support local and regional creative talent sets through the development of local students.
The aim of Accelerate is to build knowledge, aspiration, ambition and critical skills, giving participants the opportunity to develop valuable transferable skills in readiness for a career in the arts or wider industry sectors.
Hull College Technical Mentoring
We are not just passionate about development the local artistic talent, but we also want to development the cultural leaders and technicians of the future.
Since 2013, Freedom Festival Arts Trust has been working with Hull College to provide students of the Technical Theatre Course with industry experience. Developing their skills from year one in which they shadow a member of our Production Team to their final year, in which they become a paid member our Production team.
Hull International Carnival
Hull International Carnival debut at Freedom Festival 2017 and has been growing ever since.
Louder and more vibrant than ever, the community carnival, which was launched in a local community centre two years ago has been hailed Hull’s best cultural outdoor event involving different cultures and traditions.
A carnival by the community for the community, it is directed by world-renowned carnival expert Pax Nindi who voluntarily assisted the community to set up the carnival.
Freedom Festival Arts Trust have been supporting the Hull International Carnival Association to develop their team and organisation to produce the cities first and only International Carnival.