A free public seminar organised by Culture, Place and Policy Institute
Three years ago the National Lottery Heritage Fund decided to invest £3million in a bold new venture with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 - a wide-ranging programme of creative activity to bring the diverse heritage of Hull to the fore during the City of Culture year and to engage a wide range of people with that heritage.
Taking a completely new approach, the partnership set out to infuse heritage narratives broadly throughout the artistic programme; to use heritage as a source of inspiration for artists; and to employ the arts as a means to increase participation in heritage.
Throughout the City of Culture year a wide range of Hull’s tangible and intangible heritage inspired performances, events, installations, exhibitions, festivals and community activity: from the mysterious ‘Land of Green Ginger’, the Humber Estuary interpreted through a sound installation on the Humber Bridge, and the legacy of William Wilberforce, to the musical heritage of Ethel Leginska and The Spiders from Mars. One in two of the year’s artistic commissions was inspired by heritage and 93% of audiences felt that using arts-based approaches to present heritage made it more interesting.
A new report sets out the results of this unique year-long, strategic and place-based approach to exploring and engaging people with heritage. It raises the question of how the fusion of arts and heritage might influence future policy and practice, and what this could mean for the arts, for heritage and for our towns and cities.
We invite you to join us in the debate as we launch the report.
Our seminar will combine the presentation of key outcomes from the National Lottery Heritage Fund investment with insights from those involved in the project. The event will conclude with a panel discussion with contributions from artists, heritage practitioners, academics and funders about the benefits and challenges of taking a creative approach to exploring and sharing our heritage.
13.30 – Welcome: Dr Jo Byrne, Research Manager, Culture, Place and Policy Institute.
13.35 – The National Heritage Lottery Fund Perspective: David Renwick, Head of National Heritage Lottery Fund, Yorkshire and the Humber.
13.45 – Creative Approaches to the Past during Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Katy Fuller, Creative Director and CEO, Absolutely Cultured.
14.00 – Key outcomes of National Lottery Heritage Fund investment into Hull 2017: Phil Batty, former Director of Public Engagement, Hull 2017 Ltd.
14.25 – Reflections by Professor Franco Bianchini, Director of Culture, Place and Policy Institute, University of Hull.
14.40 – Questions & Answers
14.50 – Panel Discussion
Arts-based Heritage and Heritage-inspired Arts: Unravelling a creative pathway
Our panel of artists, heritage practitioners, academics and funders will respond to a series of provocations concerning the opportunities and challenges of engaging with heritage as a creative resource.
Panel members include: Karen Brookfield: Deputy Director (Strategy), National Lottery Heritage Fund; Mark Babych: Artistic Director, Hull Truck Theatre; Dr Nick Evans, Lecturer in History, University of Hull:
Dr Stewart Mottram (Chair), Lecturer in English Literature and lead facilitator for the Heritage and Memory Research Group, University of Hull and Simon Green: Director of Cultural Services, Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd.
15.45 – Close
Following the session, join us for tea, coffee and networking.
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