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Cultural Transformations

WHAT’S NEXT? Hull UK City of Culture 2017: Evaluation Conference

Tuesday 19 – Thursday 21 November 2019

Issues and Challenges for Future Cities of Culture from the evaluation of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

In 2017, Hull UK City of Culture 2017 prompted a one-year, place-focused cultural programme designed to be a catalyst for long-term transformations.

With a remit to address deep-rooted challenges for the cultural sector, local economy, wellbeing and place making, a City of Culture designation comes with high expectations.  For Hull, the outcome was a cultural year defined by multiple successes.  Two years on there are lessons to learn and the task ahead is to maintain the momentum.

The University of Hull’s Culture, Place and Policy Institute have led the evaluation of the impacts of UK City of Culture 2017.  Following the interim report in March 2018, we invite you to join us for the release of the in-depth evaluation report at our conference on 19-21 November 2019.  We will revisit the notion of culture-led urban transformations, encompassing perspectives from academics, practitioners, policy makers, funders and community members, and firmly embracing an international outlook. Questions about immediate impacts sit alongside the investigation of longer-term implications, and the conference explores the challenges for Cities of Cultures to keep the transformative momentum going.

Reflections are offered by Oonagh McGillion (Derry City & Strabane District Council), Claire McColgan (Culture Liverpool) and Martin Green (formerly Hull 2017 Ltd).

Keynote speakers, including film-maker, Sean McAllister and Professor Lynn Froggett (Professor of Psychosocial Welfare, University of Central Lancashire), alongside panellists from academia and the cultural sector, consider issues for future urban cultural strategies, ranging from social equity to nurturing local talent and grassroots-led policy-making.

Who is attending?

  • Organisations and individuals involved with Hull UK City of Culture 2017, its impacts and legacies
  • Cultural sector leaders, artists, curators and commissioners
  • Representatives of cities preparing or considering a bid to future City or Capital of Culture programmes
  • Practitioners and policy makers with an interest in culture-led regeneration
  • Anyone with an interest in the city of Hull, its cultural transformations and the on-going impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Conference aims:

  • To present key findings relating to the outcomes and processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
  • To provide interpretations of the current data, offering insights into the impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and its early legacy, based around the themes of:
    • Arts and Culture
    • Placemaking
    • Economy
    • Society and Wellbeing
    • Partnerships and Development
  • To set Hull’s experiences within a wider national and international understanding of culture-led regeneration and the Cities/Capitals of Culture movement
  • To share lessons and harness new knowledge to consider the next steps for Hull, policy makers and cities aiming to host future UK City of Culture or other cultural mega events.


The evaluation of Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and the Cultural Transformations conference is being led by the Culture, Place and Policy Institute at the University of Hull.


University of Hull principal partner of Hull 2017 - City of Culture

Photo credit: Tom Arran