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14th February 2023

Hull Maritime is delighted to announce our successful Community Grant projects for 2023.

After a record number of applications to the scheme, we have awarded more than £20,000 to community groups and residents to deliver projects spanning murals, dance, storytelling, exhibitions, skills training, wellbeing sessions, and more.

The projects will come to life between March and August 2023, with plenty of events and activities for the wider public to get involved in (keep an eye on our website, social media, and sign up to our newsletter to hear more).

Councillor Mike Ross, Leader of Hull City Council, said: “The latest round of the Hull Maritime Community Grant Scheme has had an exceptional response, with a range of creative projects led by our residents covering a vast range of themes including storytelling, dance and music, art, exhibitions and exciting events.

“The selected projects will connect our communities with our maritime past, present and future, support skill development and improve wellbeing, as well as helping people to learn more about our city.”

Community Engagement Officer for Hull Maritime, Charlotte Tomlinson, who leads the scheme, said: “We were absolutely blown away by the response to the latest round of our Community Grant Scheme.

“We had more proposals than ever before, and of very high quality, from a really wide range of people and groups and on a huge range of themes and formats. It made the evaluating panel’s work even more difficult, but we’re thrilled to be supporting so many wonderful projects and activities over the spring and summer.”

Festival Of The Sea. Mambo Jambo by Paul J Cunningham ADJ

The latest round has awarded thirteen grants and they include:

  • Tamar and Jo for a community dance project culminating in performances at Edinburgh Street Community Centre in July 2023.
  • Mambo Jambo to co-create a podcast with young people at Ron Dearing UTC and West Hull Community Radio, focused on maritime themes.
  • Twelve Tribes of Yorkshire for a community history project and exhibitions exploring the stories and experiences of local African and Caribbean seafarers.
  • Lauren Saunders for a creative wellbeing course focused on our relationships to water and the maritime environment, to be delivered in partnership with NHS Humber Recovery and Wellbeing College.
  • Three Ways East for a project exploring maritime identity and storytelling through tattoos, using photography, creative works, and exhibitions.
  • Rooted in Hull for a maritime-themed arts, music, and culture event (and associated workshops) in June 2023.
  • Hull Bullnose Heritage Group to support their research on fishermen and trawling histories, focused on the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
  • Fantastic Faces for a collaborative maritime mural to be created within Pearson Park.
  • The People Project for a photography exhibition of sixty portraits and stories relating to Hull’s fishing heritage communities.
  • St Giles Scout Group for a maritime-themed day trip to Hull City Centre, taking place in April 2023.
  • The Headscarf Revolutionaries Statue Management Committee to hold four consultation workshops across the city in July and August 2023.
  • Friends of Garrowby Orchard to create interpretation panels for Setting Dyke Community Greenspace, exploring the site’s historic role in flood defences and the future of blue-green spaces.
  • Alex Hunt to work with young people to co-create a mural dedicated to women’s histories of maritime Hull, in partnership with Bankside Gallery.

Lauren Saunders, one of our successful grantees for 2023, said: “I'm absolutely thrilled to have been awarded this community grant, to be part of the Hull Maritime story and to be working with Recovery College students.

“This is such a wonderful new opportunity to explore Hull's relationship with the water from a place of care and empathy, and I'm curious to see what emerges from the process. I'm excited to get going!"

Another successful grantee Mambo Jambo, said: “We are very pleased to have received a grant, and are looking forward to spending some time with students at Ron Dearing UTC who'll be contributing to producing a podcast with us looking at maritime themes for West Hull FM.”

Future rounds of the Hull Maritime Community Grant Scheme will take place later in the year.

More information can be found here.