UK City of Culture status brought Hull into the national spotlight, with major investment in a world-class cultural programme and cultural and visitor infrastructure; increased visitor numbers; unprecedented media coverage; and a significant increase in participation amongst the resident population in a city that had previously had low participation in arts and culture.
The first evaluation of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 was completed by the Culture, Place and Policy Institute in March 2018, with the production of the report Cultural Transformations: The Impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, Preliminary Outcomes Evaluation.
The results of this preliminary evaluation were disseminated at our first Cultural Transformations conference on 15-16 March 2018, which was attended by over 330 delegates.
The Culture, Place and Policy Institute continue to explore the impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, working towards the release of a full evaluation report in November 2019. This report will offer deeper analysis of the processes and outcomes of the City of Culture year, whilst making a first examination of post-2017 perspectives.
The current stage of evaluation is funded by the University of Hull as an extension of their commitment to the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 project.
The findings will be disseminated on 19-21 November 2019 at our second conference, Cultural Transformations – What’s Next? Following the conference, the report will be available to download from the CPPI website.