Community Engagement

Thank you to the Hull communities that joined us to uncover stories from the past and present. Together we used science, arts and heritage to
explore how we can build climate awareness and flood resilience today and for the future.

By gathering Hull-based stories of flooding we learnt how our communities have learnt to
live with water over the past 800 years.

Risky Cities brought communities and creatives together to build a programme of exciting
interactive performances and experiences.

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Flow of Words Artist Commissions

The Risky Cities project has commissioned
five different artists to respond creatively to recent
community writing workshops, making work to be

shared on 10 & 11 November 2022

Follow the Thread Exhibition

Crafting Conversations about Hull’s Flood Histories and Futures

Experience Hull’s watery history brought to life in textiles and sound. This exhibition showcases community responses to stories identified by the Risky Cities project from the city archive. These stories explore adapting to, and thriving alongside, water and flooding. 

Various venues from 31 August to 1 October 2022

Community Textiles Workshops

Two communities in Boothferry and Cottingham explored watery stories before working with Thread and Press and Life and Loom to make textiles-based artworks for our Follow the Thread exhibition.

Read this blog from Kate Smith about the workshops.


An outdoor spectacle on environmental themes by the National Youth Theatre involving a cast of hundreds of young people


Large-scale projection and light shows in Hull City Centre in partnership with Absolutely Cultured and Living with Water, exploring the role of water in Hull’s past and future

22-24 October 2021

The University of Hull has research strengths in Hull-based flood modelling, flood histories and literatures and is able to draw on a wide-range of cultural partnerships that began or bloomed during 2017 Hull City of Culture.

Risky Cities will bring together science, arts and heritage in order to involve our communities in telling stories of how people past, present and future can learn to live with water.

We hope that by learning from the past we can build climate awareness and flood resilience today and for the future.

Our cultural programme will be firmly rooted in Hull’s history, present and future, but we aim to develop a model that can be applied nationally and globally to assist other flood-prone communities.

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