Hull 2017



HEY Children’s University in partnership with Hull 2017 UK City of Culture and Forward Thinker have created Digitull. Digitull is a website that allows every student in the HU postal code to share creative work that celebrates and expresses Hull through their own eyes during our year as UK City of Culture.

Leading up to and throughout 2017, schools from across the city will be exploring Hull’s rich history and culture through creative writing, artwork, video and photography. Digitull gives them a space to share their work with other schools, family and the community.

Digitull forms a part of Hull 2017’s No Limits learning programme. No Limits will allow young people across the city to engage in the amazing experiences that are coming to our city in 2017. Ian Read, Head of Learning and Participation at Hull 2017 said “The Children’s University provide life changing cultural experiences for the young people of Hull and we are pleased to be able to support them with this project.”

To see all of the fantastic work from our schools please visit

Song for Hull

Children across Hull will rub shoulders with some of the country’s brightest singing stars this year when they perform live on the City Hall stage in celebration of Hull 2017 City of Culture.

‘A Song for Hull’ is a joint project between HEY Children’s University, HPSS, and the Hey! Let’s Sing Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust staff choir. In September last year, it was announced that the group’s bid to stage the performance had been successful, and that the team would receive a grant from the Hull 2017 Creative Communities Programme to help get it off the ground.

Children from eight schools across the city will have the chance to perform alongside Jonathan Ansell, who found fame on X Factor as part of classical group, G4, in one of the city’s most iconic venues.

As well as Jonathan and hospital staff, the children will also step on stage with Hull-based rapper, Nineties Boy (aka Luke Chambers) and the Garnett Family, who also shot to stardom last year when they reached the semi-finals of Britain’s Got Talent.

Helen Garnett will serve as the musical director for A Song for Hull and coordinate the show, whilst Nineties Boy will pen the lyrics for the finale based on poems written by the children.

Work is now underway to agree some of the finer detail of the concert, which will take place on Friday 20th October at Hull City Hall. Tickets for the show, which will feature a mix of pop music, classical, rap, rock and blues, will go on sale in March and are expected to sell fast.

I Love Hull

I love Hull is a collaborative project between Associated British Ports and HEY Children’s University. The project gives 10 schools a unique opportunity to create a design to be applied to an active shipping container, which will be fitted with a GPS tracker allowing it to be followed using the tracker as it makes its way across Europe and beyond, from port to port, city to city, for a whole year.

With help from Samskip, which will donate the containers, and DeSigns which will produce and apply the graphics, schools were invited to submit a paragraph explaining why ‘I love Hull’.

All entries were seen by a panel of judges, including staff from ABP and HEY Children’s University Director Natasha Banke . The 10 winning schools joined one of HEY Children’s University’s Art Experience Days and create their design digitally. From these designs 10 winners will be selected and placed on the shipping containers and be seen by the world. These experiences will be free of charge, paid for by ABP.