Artist Development

Grow is Hull Truck Theatre’s Artist Development Programme for artists of any age at any stage in their career. The annual Grow programme consists of:

Be Our Guest

Be Our Guest is part of our residency programme and can be applied for by individual artists or companies. The residencies are one week in duration and exist to provide artists with the time, space and support to develop any part of the process of creating a new piece of work. We can offer funding up to the value of £1,000, which might include contributions towards loss of income, travel expenses and/or buying in the services of other artists or experts.

At the end of the residency artists can choose to either present a scratch piece to an invited audience or to make a presentation of their development to Hull Truck Theatre staff. We also ask you to provide us with one A4 sheet of written feedback and to submit a final expenditure sheet, with receipts where appropriate, showing how you have spent the funding.

Artists and companies at any stage in their careers are eligible to apply providing that they are able to articulate how and why their work resonates with Hull and Hull Truck Theatre’s mission and values.

HTT will provide:

HTT is unable to provide:

Be Our Guest dates 2018

Residency: 1 - 6 October & 8 - 12 October  Application deadline: 15 August

How to Apply

Please download the information pack, fill in the application form, and send it to by 12 noon on the deadline date specified. If you prefer to send your application by video or as a voice recording, please answer the questions in no more than five minutes. We can accept recordings in MP3 format.

Be Our Guest is proudly supported by: 

First Time Out

First Time Out provides artists with a chance to share work as it develops. It could be anything from a rehearsed reading, a scratch performance or preview. The performances can include discussions and feedback with audiences and Hull Truck Theatre staff. We will work with you to determine the most appropriate ways for you to gather feedback.

The next First Time Out will take place in the Studio during the week of 7 May at Grow Festival. If you would like to apply to take part please complete this form and return it to

Supported Artists

Hull Truck’s Supported Artists programme offers bespoke support to artists and companies whose work we find inspiring, innovative and exciting.

Our current Supported Artists are:

Bellow Theatre, End of the Line Theatre, The Herd, Lydia Marchant, Norris and Parker, Silent Uproar, The Roaring Girls


Hull Truck Theatre and the British Council Sierra Leone are currently working together on an international artist exchange programme, supported by Hull UK City of Culture 2017 as part of the Hull – Freetown 2017 project, a series of cultural, civic and educational activities. Three of the theatre's Supported Artists visited Freetown in 2017 and worked alongside three artists from Sierra Leone. We hope to welcome the three artists from Freetown to Hull in 2018/19.

Grow Artist Network

Whether you’re an established actor, artist, writer, producer or performer, Hull Truck Theatre’s Grow Artist Network is for you.

Building on the success of Grow, our Artist Development Programme, our aim is to create a supportive community where artists of all backgrounds and art forms, can be kept up to date about local and regional creative opportunities, share ideas, learn and collaborate.

Sign up to our Artist Network and you will receive regular updates including:

Local artists on the network are welcome to request a 1-2-1 mentoring session with one of our producing or creative team.

If you would like to join our creative community please submit your full name, email address and your artistic field to

By submitting your email information, you are consenting to be contacted by Hull Truck Theatre regarding the Artist Network, future productions, activities, feedback opportunities and special offers.

*subject to availability