As a Principal Partner of Hull 2017, the University is organising events as part of the city-wide programme, as well as providing great venues, performers, volunteers and academic research.
The University’s programme celebrates its ‘culture campus’, building on the rich creative talents of its students, staff and graduates.
Among the University’s highlights coming up in Seasons 2 and 3 are:
Professor Glenn Burgess, Acting Vice-Chancellor and the University’s City of Culture lead, said: “The University is proud to be both a Principal Partner and exclusive academic research partner in Hull 2017 UK City of Culture. Our contribution to the 2017 programme helps share Hull’s compelling story and showcase its rich cultural heritage.
“We have been delighted by how the first season was received, especially among audiences who are new to Hull’s culture offering, and we look forward to playing our part in making the rest of 2017 a tremendous success.”
University of Hull students, graduates and staff were at the heart of the programming in the first season. Our academics’ and student expertise helped create the stunning Made in Hull installations which spectacularly opened 2017 with light, sound and images telling the story of Hull projected onto iconic buildings around the city. Our students are embracing the opportunity to enrich their studies whether volunteering as gallery guides for the British Museum’s Lines of Thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now centrepiece exhibition, or creating works themselves, such as Music students who composed music and created visitor guides and games for the Bowhead installation at Hull’s Maritime Museum.
University of Hull graduates are blazing a trail across the arts, with young theatre companies like Middle Child and The Roaring Girls starting out here. The University rollcall of cultural alumni also includes: Darren Henley, Arts Council England chief executive, comedian Lucy Beaumont, broadcaster Dame Jenni Murray, Martin Lowe, the musical director on Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Mamma Mia, Marianne Elliott, the Tony award-winning theatrical director of War Horse, and BBC broadcaster Mark Chapman.
Nina Hanney, a third-year History of Art student, trained as a gallery assistant on Lines of Thought, which attracted around 20,000 visitors to the University campus. Nina is also a Hull 2017 volunteer and says the opportunities she’s had so far have been incomparable. She said:
“The Lines of Thought experience has been pivotal for me for many reasons. It has given me the confidence to speak in public which will be invaluable when I start training to be a teacher later this year, and on a personal level it has brought to life just how much I love art. For me, the legacy of this exhibition and City of Culture generally is how it has created a shared conversation and brings people together.”
Martin Green, Director of Hull 2017, added:
“As a Principal Partner the University of Hull has an important role to play in this City of Culture year. The wide-ranging programme it is hosting will enhance its reputation as a key cultural destination for the city. As well as attracting audience, we hope this will also inspire the next generation of cultural leaders and creative talent, adding to the impressive rollcall of alumni that have gone on to great success in their chosen fields.”