Fruit Factory Network site visit to S1 Artspace, Sheffield © Absolutely Cultured

Learning & Development

We believe engaging in art and creativity enriches lives and that a place with a vibrant and varied cultural sector is a richer place to live, work, visit and learn.

Hull is a place full of creative potential, we want to support Hull to retain and attract skilled and experienced arts professionals to be able to live and create work in the city and for art and creativity to benefit more of Hull’s people.

Our learning programme is the bringing together of several successful programmes that have been providing opportunities for people to develop their interests as well as professional careers in the arts. Some of which evolved from Hull UK City of Culture 2017, such as the Hull Independent Producer Initiative (HIPI), and some developed subsequently such as Fruit Factory Network and Early Bods.

Under 5’s and families

Early Bods is a regular sensory learning programme consisting of workshops and resources for under 5’s to explore movement, touch, sound, sight and making. Usually inspired by current exhibitions and events, it allows under 5’s to get creative whether within the gallery itself, in the city’s spaces or at home.

With current limits to physical activities, we’ve worked with locally based artists to develop activities that can be used in and around our gallery, as well as in your local area. Drop in to Humber Street Gallery to collect.

Work with formal education

Absolutely Cultured provides high quality arts education opportunities for primary and secondary schools. These are developed alongside and threaded through our exhibitions and events programmes.

We also provide bespoke support to further and higher education institutions to support delivery of qualifications and provide their students with creative industries experience.

Artist support

We support artists working across all disciplines, at all stages of their career. Our early career artist support programme includes professional skills training, facilitated networking and opportunities to showcase work.

We have just launched INTER_CHANGE; a new, free to take part, 12-month programme which will support up to 15 local creatives at the start of their careers.  

It is aimed at people aged 18 and over, living primarily in Hull and surrounding areas, who are in the beginnings of a career in the arts and looking for professional support and guidance.     

Beginning in June 2021, those taking part can benefit from mentoring, peer to peer sessions, exchange visits with other creative practitioners and organisations in the North of England. INTER_CHANGE will also offer a series of masterclasses covering topics such as funding opportunities, making applications and budgeting. At the end of the programme, participants will showcase their work at Humber Street Gallery. 

If you’d like to find out more about this opportunity and apply, click below:

Previously we delivered our HIPI and Fruit Factory Network programmes, which included 1:1 advice surgeries with Arts Council England, workshops on writing grant applications and masterclasses in touring work, marketing and fundraising.