A Sight to Behold

HERIB joins in Hull UK City of Culture celebrations

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HERIB is celebrating receiving a grant for its “A Sight to Behold” project from the Creative Communities Programme as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

The project will involve a partnership of organisations, communities, groups and visually impaired individuals from across a variety of sight support charities in Yorkshire and Lincolnshire, who will work together to develop the multi-sensory sculpture that, once complete, will go on display in the Hull Eye Hospital and will be accessible to the thousands of visitors who pass through the hospital doors each week.

The project is one of 60 new projects, ranging from photography exhibitions to music and food festivals and choral and orchestral concerts to audio-visual installations will receive funding as part of the Hull 2017 programme. These will see local artists, community groups, cultural and other organisations in the city working with local people of all ages to create new artistic work, events, installations and other activity throughout 2017, one of the most significant years in Hull's history.

The innovative scheme is the result of funding through the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme, which was set up to celebrate, nurture and support local talent and develop opportunities for emerging artists. A total of £750,000 is being invested in the programme.

Sandra Ackroyd, Chief Executive of HERIB said “We are delighted that our project is one of the
60 that has been chosen to be funded; it is a real opportunity for visually impaired people to come together and develop an iconic sculpture, for all to enjoy, which can prove that art can transcend the traditional notions of sight and vision”.

Delivered in partnership with the Big Lottery Fund, a Principal Partner of Hull 2017, Hull 2017 invited individuals and organisations to come up with ideas for new projects that were creative at heart, celebrated arts and culture and would have a transformative effect, particularly within local communities around Hull.

The successful applicants are set to receive between £300 and £10,000 each to develop their proposals, which will be an important part of the Hull 2017 cultural programme. All projects put community involvement or participation at their heart, reflecting the diversity of the city and will appeal to people of all ages.

Martin Green, CEO and Director, Hull 2017, said: “The diversity and creativity of the 60 projects demonstrates that Hull is, and has always been, a city of culture. We hope our funding will inspire and empower residents and communities to celebrate and participate in all this vibrant city has to offer and stimulate activity across the city to create a lifelong legacy.

"These and other activities we are supporting are going to bring inspirational new work and creativity to every corner of Hull throughout 2017. We are committed to ensuring people of all ages and backgrounds, wherever they live in the city, have the opportunity to take part in UK City of Culture.”

The programme forms part of Hull 2017's £5 million commitment to encourage participation at a local level, which also includes the volunteering programme and learning and engagement programme.

The Big Lottery Fund is also investing in the Hull 2017 volunteering programme.  Lyn Cole, Big Lottery Fund England grant making director said: “These awards celebrate and showcase what is special about communities in Hull, it is good to see the diversity of ideas and creativity that people bring.

In addition to cash from Hull 2017 and the Big Lottery Fund, the projects will receive staff support to build capacity in the arts sector, helping to create a legacy. The Creative Communities Programme is also being supported by Hull and East Riding Charitable Trust.  

Adrian M Horsley, Chairman, Hull & East Riding Charitable Trust, said: "The Hull & East Riding Charitable Trust is delighted to be supporting Hull as the UK City of Culture in 2017. We hope that our financial contribution will enable communities within Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire to engage and benefit from their time in the national spotlight. Our involvement in this important event is consistent with the Trust's objectives to support, enrich and enhance the lives of the people of Hull and the East Riding of Yorkshire. We hope that this year as UK City of Culture will make a positive difference to the lives of people in our area and enhance the nation's perception of the city of Hull in 2017 and beyond."