The organisation set up to deliver Hull UK City of Culture 2017 is to carry on as a permanent national arts company based in the city.
Building on the success of Hull 2017, Culture Company’s core purpose will continue to be commissioning arts programming aimed at residents and visitors, working with partners inside the city and across the UK to enforce Hull’s reputation as a centre for culture and creativity.
Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, commented: “We want to capitalise on the knowledge and expertise gained as Culture Company, supporting city efforts to help ensure a lasting cultural legacy for Hull, as well as helping to embed culture into policymaking for cities.
“The acknowledged success of Hull being UK City of Culture is the result of many partners, organisationally and individually coming together and this collective energy will remain critical to ensuring a meaningful cultural legacy. Over the next weeks and months we will be embarking on conversations with people across the city to inform the development of the company and its work.”
Culture Company will develop a 20-year legacy plan across three phases, as set out in Hull City Council’s cultural strategy, supporting the delivery of the city’s £250 million legacy plan to improve Hull’s culture and visitor infrastructure.
Green continued: “Culture is not an add-on, or simply a nice to have. This incredible year is already showing the potential of culture to transform lives and the company will work with its many partners and our ambition is to build on the positive impact it is having in Hull.”
Recruitment has begun to appoint an executive director and programme director, which will report to a new board of trustees and build a smaller company that will deliver on the new vision for Culture Company. It is hoped that appointments will be made by the end of the year.
Over the next few weeks and months the public will have the opportunity to have their say on creating a cultural legacy for Hull.