Hull Workshop

What happened at our Culture workshop in Hull in November?

With Hull 2017, the UK’s City of Culture, on the horizon and the city and region gearing up for a year of culture and creativity, Christoph and Claire from Creative Europe Desk UK – England travelled to the home of white telephone boxes and poet Philip Larkin to talk about European opportunities.

This is a particularly interesting time for Hull’s creative and cultural sector to link up with partners across Europe in order to enrich the diversity and impact of the activities taking place throughout the year and creating longer-term connections, so Creative Europe Desk UK – England decided to test out a new-style event to inspire some potential partnerships and projects. As you may know, we run regular Culture seminars across the UK and we’ll continue to do so in 2016. In addition to these information events, Creative Europe Desk UK will be offering different ways to approach the idea of collaborative and international working, which is all part of the process of applying to Creative Europe. 

At The Albermarle Music Centre in Hull on 16 November, Alice Holmberg from House of Holmberg, an organisation working closely with several European Capitals of Culture, delivered the first of our workshop sessions with 26 participants, including creative and cultural organisations, local council development officers, higher education institutions and the Hull 2017 team. They explored the varying interests, connections and resources that they – and the city - could give and gain through transnational cooperation. 

“Hull is a great choice for the first British Capital of Culture. It is vibrant, yet often overlooked part of the so-called “northern powerhouse” and full of potential. It was a privilege to work with the cultural professionals from Hull and I’m looking forward to seeing how this nationwide attention will benefit the region in 2017 and beyond," said Alice. 

We were also joined by staff from two organisations that have received Creative Europe funding for Cooperation Projects, and they shared their experience and expertise of applying to Creative Europe and delivering a project: Andy Brydon, Director of Curated Place and Gabrielle Jenks, Director of Abandon Normal Devices.  

Last but not least, we had some local contributions from Denise Fahmy and Karen Durham, Arts Council England and Martin Green, Chief Executive of Hull 2017

Following some positive feedback from attendees at this workshop (“It was just right!” and “Very helpful information and interactive activities”), we’ll be planning more of these interactive events across the country in 2016 so keep your eyes peeled on website, Facebook, Twitter and newsletter for more details.