Sixty new community projects, ranging from photography and exhibitions to music and food festivals; and choral and orchestral concerts to audio-visual installations, will receive funding to become an important part of the Hull 2017 programme.
Working with local people of all ages to create new artistic work, events, installations and other activity throughout 2017, this innovative scheme is the result of funding through the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme, which was set up to celebrate, nurture and support local talent and develop opportunities for emerging artists. A total of £750,000 is being invested in the programme.
Along with the Big Lottery Fund – a principal partner of Hull 2017 – we invited individuals and organisations to come up with ideas for new projects that were creative at heart, celebrated arts and culture, and would have a transformative effect, particularly within communities around Hull.
The successful applicants will receive between £300 and £10,000 each to develop their proposals. All projects put community involvement or participation at their heart, reflecting the diversity of the city and will appeal to people of all ages.
The diversity and creativity of the 60 projects demonstrates that Hull is, and has always been, a city of culture. We hope our funding will inspire and empower residents and communities to celebrate and participate in all this vibrant city has to offer and stimulate activity across the city to create a lifelong legacy. – Martin Green
The programme forms part of our £5 million commitment to encourage participation across the city, which also includes the volunteering programme and learning and engagement programme.
One of the successful projects was Bransholme 50, which will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the largest housing estates in Britain. Artists from Bransholme Community Arts Enterprise will work with schools and community groups to create performances, exhibitions and permanent public art, reflecting and celebrating the history of the area.
Chris Smith, of Bransholme Community Arts Enterprise, said: “Created in 1967 to rehouse the trawling community after the industry’s demise, Bransholme represents an important part of Hull’s heritage. We are delighted to receive funding to be able to bring the stories of the people of Bransholme to life through arts, stories, photography, video and performance. We are looking forward to hearing about their experiences and aspirations across different generations to find out how some things change while others stay the same.”
In addition to funding from Hull 2017 and the Big Lottery Fund, the projects will receive staff support to build capacity in the arts sector, helping to create a legacy. The Creative Communities Programme is also being supported by Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust.
Photo credit: Handmade Parade, The Extraordinary Orchard Park Parade; photo by Chris Ratcliffe.