The British Council, in collaboration with Absolutely Cultured, is launching an international mobility bursary for Hull-based emerging cultural leaders.

These bursaries are available to support professional development for emerging cultural leaders working in arts, education and civil society (including third sector, charities and community-based organisations). International opportunities may include attending conferences, workshops, networking events or short residencies overseas.

To apply for this bursary, please send the completed application form to by 5pm by Friday 18 October.

Successful applicants will be notified week commencing 28 October and we will aim to delivery bursary funds within six weeks.

About our work with Hull UK City of Culture 2017

The British Council was the international partner with Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

We co-created, co-commissioned and jointly funded 21 projects, with nine partners which connected 11 countries. Projects ranged in complexity, with the largest project being A Colossal Wave! – a multi-location mixed reality interactive public art piece co-commissioned with British Council Canada.

What was the scale and impact of Hull UK City of Culture 2017?

  • 720 artists around the world were connected to Hull
  • 22 Projects were delivered in Hull
  • 28 countries were connected to Hull through our programme (including Sierra Leone, Poland. Trinidad and Tobago, China, Argentina, and Denmark) o 90 partners helped to deliver the programme globally
  • 513,225 people attended the programme in Hull
  • 252,86 people connected online with the programme
  • 176,000 people visited the Ferens Gallery for the SKIN exhibition making it their most successful show of the year. The British Council collection loaned ‘Naked Girl with Eggs’ – Lucian Freud to the exhibition.
  • 100,000 people listened to ‘The Verb’, Radio 3 International Poets programme on the 29 September 2017.
  • 334,000 listened to Radio 6 Music: Cerys Matthews show featuring Talking Doorsteps literature programme on the 1 October 2017.

We continue to work closely with the city on its international strategy and ambitions to cement the legacy from UK City of Culture 2017 programme. An important legacy outcome was the development of cultural leaders in the city. In response to this, we have collaborated with Absolutely Cultured to support emerging and established cultural leaders to acquire international experience to embed this as part of their future practice.