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Hull UK City of Culture to continue as permanent arts company

The success of Hull's City of Culture has inspired the investment in creative and cultural activities The success of Hull's City of Culture has inspired the investment in creative and cultural activities
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The company set up to deliver Hull UK City of Culture 2017 has announced it will carry on as a national arts organisation.

As well as continuing to commission arts programming in the city, the organisation will specialise in embedding culture into cities and offer consultancy and advocacy across the UK and internationally.

Martin Green, director of Hull 2017, said: “We want to capitalise on the knowledge and expertise gained as Culture Company, supporting city efforts to help ensure a lasting cultural legacy for Hull, as well as helping to embed culture into policymaking for cities.

“The acknowledged success of Hull being UK City of Culture is the result of many partners, organisationally and individually coming together and this collective energy will remain critical to ensuring a meaningful cultural legacy.”

Culture Company will develop a 20-year legacy plan across three phases, supporting the delivery of a £250 million legacy plan to improve Hull’s culture and visitor infrastructure.

Phase one will take it to the end of 2020 when Hull hands over to the next City of Culture.

Phase two, across 10 years, will see Culture Company develop as a cultural agency based in Hull, with a remit that encompasses the city, the North and the UK. Working with partners and funders the ambition is to “reinforce Hull’s cultural dynamism”, by nurturing cultural leadership and the conditions in which artists and creativity can thrive.

Phase three aims to support change for 20 years, with the focus on the 16,000 children aged up to five years old growing up in Hull. Working with Hull City Council, schools, the NHS and Hull Clinical Commissioning Group and the University of Hull it aims to “put culture at the heart of the development of young people and efforts to improve social mobility”.

Theatre will continue to play a key part in the Hull UK City of Culture’s legacy, Green said.

Green said: “Hull’s theatremaking scene is in ascendancy and we will seek to continue and broaden the work started this year to grow the city’s reputation as a place for inventive theatre making.”

Recruitment has begun to appoint an executive director and programme director for the Culture Company, which will report to a new board of trustees.

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