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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. Here are some of our latest year-round projects:

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.

Word on the Street – a spoken word project that taught writing and performance poetry to participants who then had the opportunity to create poetry films of their new work and perform their new writing at Freedom Festival’s Speak Out venue.

Beyond Words – this 18-month commissioning project involved 10 artists creating artist’s books around themes of freedom and was originally launched at Freedom Festival 2016, in partnership with Hull Culture and Leisure Library Services. The final open-to-all, multi-media exhibition at WISE, during Freedom Festival 2017, brought together the complete collection of artists’ books and exhibits curated by Book Works. Local schools engaged with the publications and they are accessible to the public in all of Hull’s libraries

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.


Several local companies and hundreds of individuals took part in our projects in 2017.  Through their participation they built confidence, worked with internationally renowned artists and learned a range of skills.

2018 offers a wide variety of participation opportunities; visit the participate page for more information or sign up to our mailing list (see below) to be the first to hear about them (or do both!).