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Our Steering Group

Our Steering Group

Back to Ours is one of 33 Creative People and Places projects nationally, funded by Arts Council England.

We’re currently managed by the Goodwin Development Trust, working in partnership and supported by Absolutely Cultured, Arts Council England, Freedom Festival Arts Trust and Hull Culture and Leisure.

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’ve become the Goodwin Development Trust – a social enterprise dedicated to improving the quality of life within the city’s communities.

Absolutely Cultured

Absolutely Cultured started life as the organisation set up by Hull City Council to deliver Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, known during this time as Hull 2017. In May 2018, with a new name and a different remit, Absolutely Cultured began. In itself a legacy of the City of Culture year, Absolutely Cultured is now an independent charity contributing towards an improved and enhanced cultural landscape and a lasting legacy for Hull’s people.

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 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.