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About The Creative & Cultural Organisation

We are a not-for-profit creative, sustainable community in Hull & East Riding UK.​


We all volunteer our creative skills to repurpose unloved spaces like empty high street shops, using found, upcycled resources, then make the space available to our creative community to run sustainable, self-directed projects, workshops & activities like; recording music, creating art, and showing exhibitions. The spaces become galleries, studios, rehearsal rooms, and places to meet share, and learn.


We have delivered many events, such as the Human Impact exhibition and the Hull Independent Photography Festival, in fact, there have been over a hundred exhibitions in our pop-up galleries. See our history page for the full story. Our most celebrated gallery grew out of our HIP (Hull Independent Photography) Project, which consists of HIP Club, HIP Fest, and HIP Gallery. ​


Our HQ is The Creative & Cultural Community Hub in Hull City Centre which accommodates our, Hull CEC (Climate Engagement Centre), our community gallery, seed and book swap, makeup recycling drop-off, plus a workshop space for Climate training, sustainable craft skills, artist talks, and our small sustainable art supplies exchange (stocking refillable art markets & water-based graffiti paint).​ We take sustainability and climate action very seriously and have a permaculture land project in the East Riding, in partnership with other like-minded organisations where we can practice permaculture, plant trees, grow organic food for the community and promote biodiversity.​​


Our team started this work in 1993  and we have been responding to the changing needs of the community ever since. See the history page for more on that. Over the years we have been lucky enough to exhibit the work of many national and international artists in our humble spaces including Marilyn Stafford, Homer Sykes, Brian Griffin, Rhiannon Adam, Peter Dench, Matt Finn, and many others. Our founders from 1993 are still involved in the running of the organisation with Alan Raw as Voluntary Curator & CEO and Chris McKnight as head of graffiti art. We are all volunteers and we are a community.

Our Mission

Creative Community Action for People & Planet

Our organisation was born out of a commitment to stop passing over the real issues of society, and deal with them head on. We have set out to aid those who need it most. The Creative & Cultural Organisation is here to help, and we believe that change is possible when we put our hearts and minds to it. We are collectively reimagining a sustainable future and taking action to create it.

Our aims are

  • To create opportunities for the community to participate and engage in imaginative projects that are positive for people and the planet.

  • To make creative space and sustainable resources accessible to everyone.

  • To inform, educate and support the community to become sustainable and reduce the negative human impact on our planet. 


Contact Us


64 Prospect Street,

Kingston upon Hull,

United Kingdom



Opening Hours

Wed to Thur

10:00 am – 4:00 pm


11:00 am – 3:00 pm

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10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Photography Exhibition

As an unfunded independent organisation, The Creative & Cultural Organisation is always looking for sponsors and patrons to support our exhibitions and projects. We appreciate any support that you can offer our community.

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