“We are Hull.”


We’re delighted to be supporting Hull UK City of Culture 2017. We’re giving a £150,000 grant towards a programme of commissions and development opportunities for local emerging artists, to build capacity in the arts sector and support the legacy of the UK City of Culture programme.


About the project

Hull 2017 represents a catalytic moment for local artists to place themselves and their work centre stage and to elevate Hull’s cultural offering to one of national and international significance. As a partner and funder, we look forward to a transformational year of cultural events, showcasing the exceptional talent and creativity in Hull.

Hull is a already a great place for culture. Esmée Fairbairn is helping us to celebrate, nurture and support local talent in areas including theatre, dance and literature, ensuring they are part of next year’s artistic programme. The foundation’s support shows faith in Hull, in the UK City of Culture 2017 and in the artists that are working here

Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017

This grant complements our existing place-based work in Hull, including a £1.5m programme of support delivered in partnership with The Rank Foundation that aims to create a city that is a safer, happier and more productive place to live and work. Below are a couple of examples of the 21 projects supported by this partnership: 

Social and Economic Resource of Churches in Hull and District

Towards Living Better for Less in Hull (LB4LiH), a project addressing poverty issues that enables those experiencing sustained and deepening deprivation to take control, make changes to their lives, and become more resilient by developing tools in relation to food, finance and fuel.

It has given people a space (even sacred). Lots of people don't have a garden. West Park is run down. The garden means that people can come in with their families. People can rummage in the dirt, make things, sit around, watch kids play. It has a healing effect … Lots of broken things in the community so now the community are doing it for themselves in the garden and they own it

LB4LiH participant on clearing and developing a garden and growing area at the back of St Matthew's Parish Hall

TogetherWomen Project

Towards a gender-specific adult offender triage programme that diverts women away from arrest, or out of the criminal justice system, into positive futures through close partnerships with police, courts and other local agencies.

Of the 80 women who engaged with the project only one re-offended: a remarkable achievement unrivalled across the UK. This success has led to the project winning the national Howard League for Penal Reform’s Community Programme Award.

Other great projects we’re funding in Hull include Hull Truck Theatre Company, Goodwin Development Trust and Hull Youth Support Trust.

We very much hope our funding will inspire and empower residents and communities to celebrate and participate in all this vibrant city has to offer and create a lifelong legacy.