Our Hub Members run through the core of Back to Ours; after all, who knows more about how to engage Hull people in the Arts than the people living in the very hearts of Hull neighbourhoods?
People often think Hubs are places, but they’re actually groups of people. Our work with our Hub members is currently concentrated in four areas – Bransholme, Derringham, North Hull & Orchard Park and East Hull – and always focussed on engaging new audiences. We currently have 45 active Hub members living and working across these areas, so they’re absolutely the best people to fully understand new audiences and chat to local residents about what they’d like to see and what they’re interested in.
You might have seen our annual summer Hub event out and about in July; that’s Sharrabang, a double-decker bus full of performers making their way around the city to perform cabaret-style in our four Hub areas. It’s a great event for Hub members to spread the word about, and they work together to arrange a small event to greet the Sharrabang when it arrives – some areas have families out playing a game of footie, some have Zumba, face painting and picnics…or all four together! It’s all about working together and spreading the word to create a lovely event packed with fun, surprises and laughs.
What will people see if they come to the show? How long will it last? Why’s the description of the show so hard to understand? Our Hub members make sure we’re clear and direct in the way we talk about art, and one way we do this is by going to see other shows and talking about them. As the project’s developed, Hub members have started to come together more and look at the city as a whole – we’ve been on Go-Sees to see shows at Freedom Festival, Hull New Theatre, Hull Truck, and further afield to Edinburgh Fringe, London, Sheffield, and even Adelaide Fringe.
We always need people who are passionate about talking to their friends and neighbours, interested in the arts, or like what we do and want to get involved.
What will I do as a Hub member?
- Hub members play a key role in the development of the Back to Ours programme, meeting regularly to discuss what, when and how arts and culture is delivered in YOUR specific area;
- You’ll get the inside scoop, finding out about events we’re thinking of producing and artists we’re working with before anyone else knows;
- You’ll work together to steer the Back to Ours team to programme high-quality work tailored to different areas, helping spread the word about the amazing things happening;
- You’ll have opportunities to go and see events as part of the Back to Ours programme.