Creative Hull FAQs

What is Creative Hull? 

Creative Hull is a celebration of the creativity that Hull has to offer through homegrown arts and culture, taking place from the 16-18 July 2021.   

It shines a spotlight on the existing high-quality artistic talent that the city is known for, alongside new commissions and curations from regional and national established artists. Much of this curated activity will utilise disused shops and buildings to infuse creativity into the city centre, working with local artists to bring their proposals to life.   

Creative Hull is an opportune moment to explore how creativity and culture can be part of our city’s rejuvenation. The pandemic has highlighted how important creativity is for our health and wellbeing, it has also accelerated the closure of high street shops. Hull is a city which already recognises the important role for culture in regeneration and communities but never before has this been as important as it is now. This is an experiment in how some of these disused buildings might be used more permanently going forward as well as providing a reset moment in how creativity and culture can be part of shaping Hull’s future. 

Alongside a programme of curated events, Creative Hull will also reach across different neighbourhoods, energising the city’s streets, public spaces, community buildings and arts venues by celebrating existing events city-wide. There are over 60 activities taking place city-wide across Creative Hull, and everyone will be welcome to join in and discover something new through arts and culture.    

When does Creative Hull take place? 

The main bulk of activity will take place from Friday 16-Sunday 18 July 2021, with additional activities available to explore beyond the weekend up until the 25 July too! You can find a breakdown of events by day on our Creative Hull events page with all of the exciting creativity on offer.

Where is Creative Hull taking place? 

Creative Hull is a city-wide celebration and events are taking place in a multitude of venues, including empty shop units, music venues, galleries, studios and more. 

There’s a mixture of indoor and outdoor work to explore and you can see where each location is by using our interactive online map. 

Do I need a ticket? 

There’s a variety of ticketed and non-ticketed events for Creative Hull. You can check if you need a ticket by clicking on the individual activity page where there will be a booking link if applicable. 

What happens once I’ve registered for tickets? 

If you have booked a ticket for Middle Child’s we used to be closer than this performance, Tamar & Jo’s Doorstep Dances workshop or any other of the Absolutely Cultured commissioned workshops, you will receive an e-ticket from us.

In an effort to reduce paper waste, we encourage you to download and show the ticket/s on your mobile device. If you are unable to do so, please print off a copy of each ticket and show it to us when you arrive at the venue. 

If you have booked a ticket for any activities not commissioned by Absolutely Cultured and have a query, please contact the activity organiser directly. You can do so via the information on the individual activity page. 

Will there be food and drink available to buy at the events? 

There will be no specific vendors at Creative Hull to purchase food and drink from, but you can use this as an opportunity to support local businesses, bars and restaurants. Alternatively, you are welcome to bring your own drinks and snacks along with you. 

What considerations have been made for those with disabilities? 

All of the venues selected for the Absolutely Cultured commissioned programme are accessible to wheelchair users. The majority of the work is highly visual, and the artists and our volunteers will be on hand to help you to explore the work or answer any questions that you may have. Each piece of our curated programme will have some interpretation to help you understand what you can see. 

Middle Child’s performance of we used to be closer than this will have two BSL performances on Saturday 17 July, at 3pm and 7pm.

The Joseph Rowntree Foundation’s exhibition Our People, Our Poverty will be audio described. 

If you are D/deaf or hard of hearing, please let us know and we can pop on clear visors to talk with you, as we will be wearing masks if we’re indoors. 

We want to make your visit a memorable one, so do let us know if there’s anything we can do to make you feel more comfortable. 

For all other activities not commissioned by Absolutely Cultured, please note their individual access information on their activity page. 

What COVID-19 restrictions will be in place? 

Creative Hull will be taking place under the current government guidelines. Hand sanitiser will be available at each event, and if the event is indoors, you must wear a mask unless you’re exempt or under the age of eleven. If you are exempt, please let a member of our team know.  

Social distancing will be in place, and we will manage the capacity of each venue on an individual basis. We ask that you visit us with your household or your support bubble. 

Please listen to our instructions to help us keep each other safe. 

Each activity page contains relevant COVID guidance, as provided by the activity organiser.

We understand that some people may feel anxious about returning to public spaces. There are some great tips on how to manage COVID related anxiety and worry from the NHS here. 

I have some more questions! 

If you can’t find an answer to your question, or would like to know more about an activity, please email and a member of the team will be in touch.