Back to Ours funded by Arts Council England for a further three years

Louise Yates, Back To Ours Director. Photo: Jerome Whittingham.

Yesterday Arts Council England announced that Hull’s very own Back to Ours had been successful in their CPP extension bid, securing funding for another three years. Fellow CPP’s Made in Corby, Ideas Tap and Cultural Spring were also successful. 

Originally produced by Hull UK City of Culture, Back to Ours is now one of 30 Creative People and Places Projects across the UK. Working with communities across the city, their aim is to bring people together to enjoy world-class arts experiences in venues you’d never expect to find them – if it’s a huge band in a shopping centre, or a school atrium transformed into a Big Top, you can bet your bottom dollar it’s Back to Ours. 

They’ve produced eight half-term festivals over the past three years, attracting global artists to wow audiences of all ages with circus, dance, children’s shows, theatre, acrobatics, live music, comedy, and of course, Dolly and Elvis. They also support other events in the city, have funded a number of commissions with local artists, and run Hubs that people can join to gain more insight into programming work and developing ideas. 

Rebecca Blackman, Arts Council England Director of Audiences and Engagement commented:

“We’re delighted that Back to Ours have had their funding extended for a further three years. This is a testament to the great work the project has been doing in Hull, and the way they’ve been engaging the local community. 

“We’re looking forward to continuing to working with Back to Ours, along with the other 29 Creative People and Places projects changing lives across England.”

Louise Yates, Back to Ours Director, said: 

“The whole team’s absolutely chuffed to bits – we love what we do, and to be able to carry on for another three years is amazing. 

“It’s been a month of really good news for Back to Ours; not only have we secured the next three years through Arts Council, but we’ve also got three years of funding for The Living Room at North Point through the National Lottery Community Fund. 

“Big thanks to everyone who’s with us on the journey, and to our Hub members, volunteers and Steering Group for their support – we’re cracking on, and it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun.”

The news was met with celebration across social media, with twitter followers commenting: 

“Amazing news and so well deserved. Well happy you’re gonna be doing your thing for another three years.”

“Huge congratulations! Well done for all your commitment and hard work.”

“Important news for Hull!”

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[Christina Lewis – Back To Ours]