One of the country’s largest independent grant-making organisations has announced its backing for Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
Funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation will help ensure local, emerging artists are commissioned and supported as part of the Hull 2017 programme, helping to create a legacy for culture and creativity in the city.
Caroline Mason, CEO for the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, said: “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.
“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.
“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.”
Martin Green, CEO and director of Hull 2017, said: “The support of city partners such as the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation is extremely important to the work Hull 2017 is doing now to produce a longer-term legacy for the city.
“Hull is 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.”
This grant complements the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation’s existing work in Hull. This includes a £1.5m, 21-project programme of social support delivered in partnership with The Rank Foundation. Examples of these projects are Living Better for Less in Hull, which deals with poverty and deprivation, and the TogetherWomen Project that works with adult offenders. It also funds projects at Hull Truck Theatre, Goodwin Development Trust and Hull Youth Support Trust.