Back to Ours is one of 21 Creative People and Places projects nationally, funded by Arts Council England. It is currently managed by the Goodwin Development Trust, working in partnership and supported by Arts Council England, Freedom Festival Arts Trust, Hull City Council, Hull Culture and Leisure, Hull UK City of Culture and The University of Hull.

Back to Ours was originally produced by Hull UK City of Culture, and Absolutely Cultured will continue to support Back to Ours as a member of our steering group.

Arts Council England

ACE champions, develops and invests in artistic and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives. They support activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.

Freedom Festival

Freedom Festival Arts Trust (FFAT) is an arts organisation integrated within the city of Hull and custodian of the city’s annual award-winning, international arts festival, Freedom Festival.

Born out of the William Wilberforce commemorations in 2007, the annual Freedom Festival has evolved into one of the UK’s most distinctive international arts festivals. A commitment to presenting work exploring themes of freedom – democracy, equality and protest – sets it aside, celebrating the city’s unique history while simultaneously engaging in a global conversation around human rights.

Hull Culture and Leisure

Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd provide a vast range of facilities, services and events for everyone to enjoy. 

From a stroll in the park to a night at the opera, relaxing with a good read to exploring the past and an ice hockey game, they cater for all interests and abilities with the aims of having fun, being active and staying healthy.

University of Hull

The University of Hull has been changing the way people think for 90 years. Their motto, Lampada Ferens, translates as ‘carrying the light of learning’, and over the years they’ve shared that light with thousands of people from across the world.

As England’s fourteenth oldest university, the University of Hull has a proud heritage of academic excellence, and a history of creating and inspiring life-changing research to help build a better world.

Goodwin Development Trust

In 1994, fourteen residents of Hull’s Thornton Estate decided to band together and tackle the social ills that plagued their community. Through a blend of hard work, hope, help, goodwill, compassion and ambition, they changed their community for the better and for good.

Twenty years later, they have become the Goodwin Development Trust – a social enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life within the city’s communities.

Hull City Council is the governing body for the unitary authority and city of Kingston upon Hull. It was created in 1972 as the successor to the Corporation of (Kingston upon) Hull – which was also known as Hull Corporation – and founded in 1440 by Royal charter.

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