Hull City of Culture

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In 2013 Hull were successful in their bid to be City of Culture 2017. The first UK City of Culture was Londonderry in 2013. The initiative was set up as a response to Liverpool’s success as European City of Culture in 2008 and the resulting economic and social benefits that were brought to the city. The Hull City of Culture company are planning to deliver ‘365 days of transformative cultural activity’ which will be divided in to four ‘seasons’ The team intend to celebrate the ‘unique character of the city, its people, history and geography’.


Hull already has a unique cultural profile with a tradition of temporary, experimental, artist led initiatives (often utilising new and digital media) that have challenged convention and connected art and place in new and unexpected ways.


Hull’s successful bid for City of Culture has precipitated some interest in this recent past. New works have been created from the archives of organisations such as Hull Time Based Arts. As Hull develops its cultural profile and strategies there is an exciting and challenging foundation to respond to and build upon.

One of the cornerstones of Fountain17 is that it will be part of the wider events taking place in 2017 when Hull is City of Culture. This provides an important opportunity to experience and study the claims that art and culture can contribute to the identity and health of a city. It means that Hull will be a focus for debates concerning how art and artists work in and benefit a place.