What Artlink Does
Artlink Hull enables the creation and exploration of art with, in, and about communities. In particular, we work with individuals and communities experiencing disadvantage to increase the diversity of voices in the arts.
We do this through art commissions, projects, exhibitions, events, learning programmes, and forums, working with a range of communities.
Since our establishment in 1982, Artlink Hull has been continually involved in the development of community, participatory and socially-engaged art practices, and remains a key organisation in the Humber region within these fields.
Registered Charity No. 1091217
Registered Company No. 4276250
Artlink Hull is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. We are a member of Cultural Collisions Hull, Creative Case North and the Co-Creating Change Network. We co-ordinate the Disability Arts Network for the Humber region.
Artlink’s Aims and Values
Artlink Hull is a charitable organisation whose work supports the creation and exploration of art with, in and about communities.
Our core aim is to ensure that people from communities that experience disadvantages have opportunities to engage in creative expression.
We were originally founded to work in the area of art and disability and with the continued disadvantages people with disabilities face in society this is still a key focus for us.
We believe that more diverse participation in the arts benefits both individuals and society and adds to the quality and depth of the arts.
We believe in the value of art created through collaborative processes and in the power of cultural production and exchange to influence social change.
We work to provide development and learning opportunities for artists and community members.
We recognise that ideas around art and communities are complex and contested and we want to explore and increase dialogue about them.
We take a broad view of what is art and want to play a role in exploring this, though we work mainly within visual art and in particular in socially engaged art.
Our base is Hull in the Humber region and this is where we undertake the majority of our work. While we are locally focused we work with artists and partners nationally and internationally.
Our building is an arts hub and venue. However we do much of our work outside of it and place importance on creating and displaying artwork outside of gallery settings and in communities.
Being based in a city impacted significantly by economic decline, we are interested in the role of art in communities that experience this, especially coastal ones.
Our work manifests itself in different ways: exhibitions, projects, workshops, training, forums, events, public art, but all stem from our core aims and interests.
We partner with organisations both inside and outside of the arts, especially those that work closely with different communities, and believe this adds strength and depth to the work that we do.