University of Hull

Cultural Transformations - The impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017

15 March - 16 March 2018
University of Hull

Welcome to our major conference exploring the outcomes and impacts of Hull’s year in the cultural spotlight.

In 2013 it was announced that Hull had been successful in its bid to become the UK City of Culture for 2017. The announcement set the city upon a four-year culture-led journey, intended to boost economic activity, promote social wellbeing and learning, build positive perceptions and foster civic pride. The journey has been one of planning, negotiation, building partnerships, delivery, and finally monitoring and review. At the end of a phenomenal year, it is time to look back and reflect upon the purpose, the processes and the outcomes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, and ultimately to ask, how can Hull’s experience inform culture-led regeneration and policy in the future?

The aims of the conference are:

  • To present key findings relating to the outcomes and processes of Hull UK City of Culture 2017.
  • To provide initial interpretations of the data, offering early insights into the impacts of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, based around the core 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/Capital of Culture movement.
  • To share lessons learned and harness new knowledge to consider the next steps for Hull and to inform policy makers and cities aiming in the future to host the UK City of Culture or other cultural mega events.

View the outline main conference programme here.

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, in association with Hull 2017.

Who should attend:

  • Organisations and individuals involved with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 and its impacts.
  •  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.


One-day entry (with early bird discount until 16 Feb) – £25

One day entry full cost – £40

Book your place here

Bursary places

There are a limited number of free bursary places available for community groups, volunteers and those on a lower income, including senior citizens and students. To apply for a free place, please send a short email to explaining how you qualify and why you are interested in attending.

If you do not have access to email, please send your application in writing (including contact details) to Cultural Transformations, Culture, Place and Policy Institute, 125 Larkin, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, HU6 7RX. Applications should reach us by 16 February 2018.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to eligible applicants. Successful applicants will be notified in February 2018 and a code will be supplied to be used when making a booking.