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Hull to be home of Turner Prize in 2017

It is perhaps the most famous award in the world of art - both for its prestige and the controversy it generates - and today it has been announced that Hull will be the home for the Turner Prize in its year as City of Culture in 2017.

The competition, to be staged at the Ferens Art gallery, is the first major event of the year to be confirmed and it's expected to attract thousands of visitors to the area.

Fiona Dwyer reports:


Hull 2017 boss: Everyone needs the arts, the arts need everyone


Teenage entrepreneur named Hull's City of Culture educational leader

A young entrepreneur has been named as Hull's City of Culture educational leader.

Phil Batty, who set up a youth marketing company in the city when he was 16, was quizzed by pupils at Winifred Holtby School today; one of his first jobs in the role.

They wanted to know what events they could get involved in - either by watching, helping to plan, or even taking part in.

Mr Batty said there would be plenty of opportunities for young people to get involved:

Emergency funding for Hull Truck Theatre

Hull Truck Theatre is billed as one of the top acts of Hull's City of Culture - but it has had to turn to emergency funding for an eighth time. The theatre has had to contend with many issues over the years, not least starting its life on the back of a lorry, then moving into crumbling premises. But it was its latest switch to a new multi-million pound home which looks to have cost the theatre dear even though it's planning to be around for several years. Helen Steel reports

Hull tourism is increasing, says new report

More international visitors are coming to Hull according to new figures which show tourism spending in the city has gone up by 6 per cent over the last year. It's thought there are now more than 16,000 tourism jobs in the city and the industry supports 1,800 local businesses.

Tourism is increasing in Hull, according to new figures Credit: PA

Culture Company chief predicts UK's biggest ever arts festival

The head of Hull's Culture Company has today outlined his vision for what can be achieved and how, on the first anniversary of the city being awarded City of Culture 2017.

Martin Green has been talking to Calendar's James Webster about his first six weeks in the job and the progress made since that big announcement.

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