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About Us

What’s Back to Ours?

We could talk for hours – and do! – about Back to Ours, but we always come back to what’s right at our heart; people, places, and the connections between us.

The idea of Back to Ours came from our Director Louise Yates, whose passion is the arts reaching everyone and creating equal opportunities to engage and participate. She absolutely believes art is for everyone.

We’ve been a long time in the making, going all the way back to 2012 when amazing new schools were built in Hull as part of Building Schools for the Future. And from there, a seed was planted – how could we use these wonderful places right in the heart of Hull neighbourhoods? Based on the idea of creating a touring circuit using Hull’s community assets, you’ll definitely recognise this if you’ve been to any of our shows that move around neighbourhoods across the city, giving everyone a chance to see something beautiful Right on your Doorstep.

One successful bid to ACE strategic touring later and Back to Ours was produced as part of Hull UK City of Culture 2017, moving on to launch as Hull’s Creative People and Places Project in April 2018.

So here we are, almost a decade on from that initial idea, committed to making and programming world-class art in neighbourhoods across Hull and engaging new audiences in exciting arts experiences – and having a lot of fun along the way.

Our Aims


To deliver outstanding arts and cultural experiences with and for the people of Hull, which are open and welcome to all;

  • To continue to support the commissioning, production, creation and touring of new, original and inspirational work;
  • To engage local people as audiences, participants, creators and commissioners;
  • To bring the arts to life in familiar settings as you’ve never seen them before;
  • To use Hull’s community assets – high streets, schools, community centres, clubs, shopping centres, and pubs;
  • To continue working with creative partners across the city;
  • To have fun;
  • To give people and families of all ages a hell of a good time.