About Us


Mission Statement

"To enable equality of opportunities for all members of the community to have access to quality arts provision"

Artlink believes...

• that everybody should have the opportunity to participate in artistic and cultural activities.

• that community aspirations can be enriched through exposure to the arts and professional artists.

• in encouraging people to experience a diverse range of art forms.

Artlink aims to:

• provide quality and cultural activities throughout the regions of Hull, East Riding, and North Lincolnshire.
• raise individual and / or community aspirations that will generate and enhance interest in the arts.
• coordinate a strategic programme of projects and events utilising a diverse range of art forms.

Main Achievements

  • Artlink was established in 1982 as a key member of the National Shape Network. Working across Lincolnshire and Humberside and focussing on disability arts workshops, performances, special projects, training, information and advice.
  • In 1992 Artlink redefined itself as an Arts Access Agency with a broader remit to work with all sections of the community and re-focused its geographical coverage to the Humberside sub-region.
  • Artlink established it's first community gallery in 1996 and began facilitating outreach exhibitions at community venues across Hull and further afield.
  • In 1998 Artlink secured £76k to launch the HU6 Project, based on a review and consultation with the local community. The project was established originally as part of the North Hull HAT Project and continued for 7 ½ years, working across the North Hull, the Quadrant and Orchard Park Estates. This project set the precedent for Artlink's future Estate based projects.
  • Artlink was awarded the Investors in People standard in 1999 following a process which involved consultation with the Board, staff, volunteers, artists and the local community. We have maintained this standard since and recently secured continuation in our 2009 review.
  • In 2000 Artlink secured over £300k to deliver the Have A Go! Project, based on the previous HU6 Project, this programme extended out to the HU9 Estate communities of Hull and establish the Cartwheels Training Course. Both Cartwheels and the HU9 Project have continued beyond the initial 3-year Lottery funding and are have successfully attracted support from other funders and continue today.
  • Sure Start was established in Hull as a trailblazer in 2000 and Artlink was invited to be a key partner with Hull's first Sure Start in Northern Hull. We employed a part time Arts Worker to work alongside other Sure Start staff and since this project finished in 2003, Artlink has maintained strong links with all 7 Sure Starts in Hull.
  • Artlink was awarded the first Cityvision regeneration award for the Creative Industries/Community Sector in November 2000.
  • We achieved the "Be Part of It" standard from Hull City Council's Social Inclusion Unit in Spring 2001.
  • The Cartwheels Training Course was recognised with a regional awarded from the National Training Award's in November 2003. This award was given as recognition for community engagement and the high standards achieved in its formative years.
  • The Cartwheels Training Course (Skills for Community Arts Work Award) gained Open College for Yorkshire and the Humber Region (Now Certa) Approved Training Provider status, and more recently in 2012 was graded 2 (Good) as part of an Ofsted inspection which included the Humber Learning Consortium and delivery partners involved in Skills Funding Agency contracted training.
  • In 2008 Artlink successfully delivered a 1.2 million pound capital project to create a sub-regional Centre for Community arts.






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