Friday, February 3, 2023

Hull City Council appoints leader for ‘culture and place’

Hull City Council has appointed Kath Wynne-Hague to lead the city on Culture and Place.

Since 2007, Kath has worked across Local Government; cultural development; engagement and education; project management; and as an independent practitioner with experience ranging from voluntary and community action; health and wellbeing in care settings; visitor economy and cultural business development.

Kath is skilled in exploring social networks, stories and relationships, to generate new ideas, partnerships and creative solutions. She has a collaborative leadership style and is skilled in creative and systems thinking to support innovation, vision and ambition, whilst ensuring it is grounded in people and place.

Hull City Council Chief Exec Matt Jukes, said: “Kath has a wealth of experience to bring to the city and I look forward to the exciting cultural projects that will develop through 2023!”

Kath said: “The move to Hull is about me going full circle to the place that supported me right at the start of my creative career – in all its twists and turns.

“Living and growing up on the on the southside and getting the bus across the bridge to be the Saturday girl at WH Smith’s on Whitefriargate and going to Ferens Art Gallery to marvel at the paintings in my lunch hour; to having my first piece of work being publicly shown in an exhibition at ArtLink on Princess Ave. Hull was also the first place I was paid for my creative work, when I painted murals in a unit for people with dementia.

“Hull provided me the platforms, the opportunity, the community, and the paid work to start on a path that resulted in me returning some 25 years later to give back. I look forward to taking up this exciting position.”

Kath will begin in post in January 2023.

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