Inspiring culture
for 90 years

Creativity lives and breathes at the University of Hull. Always has done, always will. It’s central to what universities do. But at Hull, we’re unfaltering in our passionate support of the arts and culture – whether that's on our campus or in the wider city. For example, we're once again sponsoring the legendary local music festival, Humber Street Sesh.

That’s why we’re ecstatic to be a principal partner of Hull UK City of Culture. Every four years, the UK City of Culture title passes to a different British city. And from 2017, it's been our turn to shine. That's been a huge economic shot in the arm for the area. And it's brought a programme of spectacular events and opportunities to get involved.




The greatest aspects of culture don’t appear one day only to disappear the next. Just look at the Ancient Greeks. Or the Romans. Or James Blunt. Here in Hull, we’re trying to build something that lasts – inspiring our students and the people of the city long into the future.

We’ve assessed the effects of City of Culture and how much economic value it's added to Hull (spoiler: it’s a lot). And we’ve looked at how culture influences people and places through our Culture, Place and Policy Institute.

We've got culture on campus, too. The art gallery's perfect for a moment’s calm, and our student societies cover interests from Anime to Big Band. Oh, and then there's Middleton Hall ...


Money can't buy happiness. but it can buy a state-of-the-art concert hall.

When it comes to culture, we’ve put our money where our mouth is. A £9.5-million investment has turned Middleton Hall into a world-class concert venue and creating brand new recording studios rivalled only by Abbey Road.

That’s on top of the £28 million spent on revamping the Brynmor Jones Library. It now houses an art gallery which played an integral part throughout 2017 and will continue to add colour to our campus in future: playing host to exhibitions curated by the National Museum and the National Portrait Gallery.

Campus highlight

Society of Graphic Fine Art Members Only Regional Exhibition

SOciety of Graphic Fine Art Members Only Regional Exhibition

The exhibition anticipates the centenary of this London-based society of professional artists which was founded in 1919. Today the Society has some 130 elected members, some with international reputations, who believe in the importance of excellence in drawing.

Brynmor Jones Library

Until 19 August


Find out more about all of our events at

hull events coming up

Freedom Festival 2018

Freedom Festival

Hull will come alive for a weekend of wonder with events and shows for the whole family to enjoy. Explore the streets and see what you find as this year’s three-day festival programme celebrates and explores the themes of empowerment, the importance of activism and the potential of community. 

Hull City Centre

31 August - 2 September


Find out more about all events at Visit Hull


Get in touch

Being City of Culture has changed Hull for good. It's created new opportunities to enjoy music, art, literature and the city's eclectic and dynamic vibe.

And our campus is now more cultured than ever. To find out how you can make the most of it, contact Marianne Lewsley-Stier via either of these routes ...

  01482 465620