DEVOTED & DISGRUNTLED: WHAT ACTION SHOULD WE ALL TAKE TO MAKE SURE HULL’S
PERFORMING ARTS SCENE KEEPS BUZZING, AFTER 2017?
2017 has been a HUGE YEAR for Hull, and in particular for the artists living and making work here.
We’ve seen Middle Child raise the roof on their biggest production to date All We Ever Wanted Was Everything and gain ACE NPO status securing funding for the next 5 years, whilst Silent Uproar won the Kevin Spacey Award for musical theatre, both before joining Bellow Theatre, Pub Corner Poets and curious directive (with their Hull 2017 commission) for the Hull Take Over at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. They absolutely smashed it.
There are also many success stories of individual artists, including the brilliant choreographer Jon Beney who is now back in his home town making dance and collaborating cross-art forms; Marc Graham winning the Stage Award for Best Performer; Tom Wells smashing the new-writing scene. We’ve also welcomed a range of theatre makers coming into the city from further afield – inspiring and also employing local talent. Hullensian artists have returned to their roots with the likes of Richard Bean and Lucy Beaumont waving the Hull flag in the media and bringing people ‘back to ours’. Artistically and in terms of reach and engagement with our communities and our emerging practitioners, I feel like we’ve never had it so good.
But perhaps you feel differently? Maybe this year hasn’t reached you and you haven’t seen any changes. Maybe the promise of Hull 2017 hasn’t really lived up to the reality? And of course, the big question on everyone’s lips is: what will happen next? What happens to the Hull performing arts scene in 2018/19 and beyond?
So this is an invitation to join us to work together and to shape what’s next for the theatre and dance sector in Hull. Beyond 2017, what will we make happen? How will we all keep Hull’s performing arts scene alive and kicking after the bunting comes down? What are the new challenges we face, emerging from a year of plentiful support and positive attention into an environment that has never been more challenging for the arts?
We urge you to join us for a real conversation where your voice gets heard and you set the agenda. D & D is an Open Space event facilitated by Improbable for the artists of Hull to gather, talk, solve problems and share our dreams, ideas and issues as we look ahead to what’s next.
See you there.
CEO and Director, Hull UK City of Culture 2017
Open Space Technology is a format developed to support groups to self-organise and collaborate around questions of shared concern. It gives all participants the chance to propose a starting point for discussions, take part in any of the conversations or flit between them all. Find out more about Open Space.
All views are welcome, every voice gets heard, nothing is off the agenda.
D&D Hull is produced by Helen Goodman, the Hull Independent Producer for Hull UK City of Culture 2017, funded by City Arts and hosted by Hull Culture and Leisure Library Service.
Devoted and Disgruntled is run by Improbable. Find out more by visiting www.devotedanddisgruntled.com
Accessibility & Other Enquiries
If you have purchased a ticket for this event at this venue through hull2017.co.uk please do not contact the venue with direct enquiries as they will be unable to help.
For all enquiries related to D&D Hull, please contact Helen Goodman: email@example.com
Hull Central Library’s opening hours have been extended for the delivery of this event.
This event is wheelchair accessible and a BSL interpreter is available on request. Please contact Helen for details and other accessibility requirements.
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|Wednesday||1pm – 7.30pm (Learning Centre to close at 5pm)|
|Thursday||9.30am – 7.30pm (Learning Centre to close at 5pm)|
|Friday||9.30am – 1pm|
|Saturday||10am – 4pm|