Hull Takeover theatre companies © Tom Arran

HIPI Programme

The Hull Independent Producer Initiative supports and develops Hull’s performing arts sector.

In addition to providing training and mentoring to independent producers, HIPI champions and supports emerging performing arts companies and individual artists living and working in Hull.

We recognise that running a project-funded company, being a freelancer or sole trader is not easy. HIPI provides help with a whole range of activities from opportunities to showcase the work, completing funding applications and monitoring and evaluation; all in a supportive, informal and accessible environment. We do this through a combination of training, masterclass events, sector gatherings and through developing networking opportunities.

Previously we have provided support to Silent Uproar with grant applications that resulted in raising over £110,000 as well as helping them to generate an extensive UK wide tour; Middle Child with their NPO bid and Bellow Theatre in securing their first funding to make work. HIPI has also supported numerous artists in the city including Josh Overton, Lydia Marchant, Tess Seddon, Mark Rees and Ian Winter, along with companies including Roaring Girls, The Herd, No Twaddle, Brick by Brick and many others. 

Supported by HIPI, Hull theatre companies toured their work and showcased at New Diorama Theatre in London, selling out 90% of the shows; and initiated a ‘Hull Takeover’ at Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2017 and 2019, where the companies picked up numerous awards and rave reviews.

If you are a professional theatre or dance artist living and making performance-based work in Hull, sign up to our Absolutely Cultured newsletter and follow our social media channels to find out about HIPI opportunities.

HIPI is an Absolutely Cultured project, funded by Arts Council England, Hull City Council Arts Development and Back To Ours, with support from Hull Truck Theatre.

Ongoing HIPI Projects

Dance Exchange Programme

The network aims to support and continue to develop a strong community of dancers living and working in Hull or East Riding.

HIPI Hang Out Forum

On the first Thursday of each month the HIPI Hang Out will host a forum for artists and producers working in performing arts to discuss their work with each other and invited guests.

Previous HIPI Projects

Hull Takeover

This summer, Hull headed back to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.