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.

Ever thought of taking a show to the Edinburgh Fringe? Don’t know where to start? Or have a set of burning questions?

Ongoing HIPI Projects

HIPI Hang Out Forum

The HIPI team will host a forum for artists and producers working in performing arts to discuss their work with each other and invited guests.

HIPI Producer Programme

A Producer Programme for producers and self-producing artists from Hull and East Riding, comprising of two separate opportunities: a four-day producer training course and producer exchange trips.

Previous HIPI Projects

Edinburgh Session

Absolutely Cultured and Hull Truck Theatre unpicked the mystery of the Fringe.

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.

Hull Takeover

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

HIPI works with cultural organisations across the city as part of the Steering Group. With thanks to:

Hull Truck

Producing and presenting inspiring theatre that reflects the diversity of a modern Britain, Hull Truck Theatre is a pioneering theatre with a unique Northern Voice, locally rooted, global in outlook, inspiring artists, audiences and communities to reach their greatest potential.

Middle Child

Middle Child creates gig theatre that brings people together for a good night out with big ideas. Telling untold stories which capture the electrifying moment when the beat drops and committed to breaking down barriers and ensuring that theatre is affordable and accessible for all, Middle Child sets fire to your expectations of what a night at the theatre can be.

Back To Ours

At the very core of Back To Ours is people. They know that cultural experiences bring communities together, but they also have a much bigger impact on local areas, on people and their families. Aiming to make a lasting change in communities, and growing ambition and creativity in neighbourhoods, they bring spectacle, sparkle, laughs and brilliant acts in familiar places, right to your doorstep.

Hull Dance

As a specialist dance organisation, Hull Dance provides a leading, informed voice for contemporary dance in the city, working in partnership with Hull City Council to support the delivery of the cultural strategy and vision for a Dance Centre at the heart of our thriving city. All our work is about people making dance, watching dance and talking dance in a way that suits them.

Arts Development

The Arts Development team are the strategic lead of Hull City Council overseeing the long term development of arts in Hull. As the local authority we have an independent overview of current plans and have agreed strategic initiatives supporting our development role as funder, advisor and partner.