If you’ve got an amazing, ambitious idea for a creative project, you desperately want to see something spectacular happen in your area, or you’re an artist keen to work with Hull communities, we want to hear from you!

Join us at one of our special workshops, where we’ll talk you through the two-Phase process and work through your ideas to get the ball rolling.

The next and final session for 2018 is: 

Tuesday September 18


Thornton Village Hall (formally Holy Apostles Church, opp. The Octagon),

Walker Street, Hull, HU3 2RA.

Please contact us at team@backtoours.co.uk to book a place or have an informal chat.


How much money can I apply for?

We’re not setting strict limits on the size of commissions; we’d like to meet you first at one of the workshops and work through your idea before you start to work out how much it will cost.

We’re commissioning in two phases, and we want everyone to go through a process in Phase One before they decide what Phase Two is going to be, working with communities and trialling ideas so the project can be developed.

Phase One may be large or small, but the key thing is that you’re open to developing your ideas and not too set down one particular path. We’re interested in supporting you through this development process because we believe it’ll make your project stronger, help develop your creative practice, and give the local community a voice in the development of the artwork from the start.

Who can apply?

The commissions are open to anyone – whether you’re an artist in Hull or further afield, a person in the city with a passion for your community or a great idea, or you want a chance to try something new – or all of the above! The project needs to have an artist or artists involved, as well as a connection with a Hull-based community.

What sort of applications is Back to Ours looking for?

We’re interested in commissioning a variety of projects that engage or work closely with Hull-based communities (we mean communities in the broadest sense of the word, not just geographical areas).

We want to see exciting, ambitious, new projects working with artists who work in any art form. We want to work with people who are open to having their ideas challenged and changed during this first phase – it’s an opportunity to develop your work in the way most helpful to you, and will be different on every commission. This is also an ideal time to involve all partners in the project and take time to get to know each other; an artist may spend this time talking to a local community or taking existing work to them to start conversations.

What if I haven’t got an idea yet?

If you’re interested in a commission but don’t know what you want to do yet, please come along to one of our workshops – they’re an opportunity to find out more about Back to Ours, how we work and what we’re looking for. Members of our Community Hubs will be there as well as members of the BTO team. The workshop will take you through the commission process and help you to see where your ideas might fit.

What support can Back to Ours provide?

The Back to Ours team will work with every commission in the way that most supports the project. We can help with production, community engagement, marketing and much more to support you in the delivery of your project.

How can I apply or find out more?

If you’re interested in applying for a commission or just finding out more, the next step is to attend one of our workshops. These will be happening throughout 2018, and details will be on our website.

The final session for 2018 is on Tuesday September 18 at Thornton Village Hall, Walker Street, Hull, HU3 2RA from 12-1.30pm. Please let us know if you want to come by emailing team@backtoours.co.uk.

So what about Phase Two funding?

Let’s see what happens in Phase One! The process leaves it open for you to develop your idea after your learnings from Phase One, and come back to us to talk about Phase Two and apply for a further commission.