Your contribution to putting Hull on the national and international map as UK City of Culture 2017 is much appreciated by the City Council, especially in the enthusiasm and engagement you engendered in our residents and businesses. – Councillor Stephen Brady – Leader Hull City Council
You started the delivery of possibly the biggest step change in the City for 100 years….all about change of local aspiration and outside perception. – Dominic Gibbons Managing Director Wykeland Group (Developers) – Hull
Thank you so much for your help and advice at a critical moment in York’s bid for UNESCO Media City status –
Kersten England CEO York City Council
Huge congratulations on your victory and designation of City of Culture for 2017. We couldn’t be more delighted – it’s a great compliment to the work you put into it. –
Sir Peter Bazalgette Chair Arts Council England.
I don’t think I ever remember people getting behind a project like you have managed to do with this, Nicola Baker Hull Bondholders
You put incredible energy into your role and we have always found you to be open, supportive, and challenging of the status quo.- Stewart Murdoch – Dundee City Council
Andrew has been a strong champion of many Gateshead projects from grassroots theatre group The Lawnmowers to the Angel of the North – Mick Henry Leader- Gateshead Council
A great ambassador for the cultural sector, our city and the region as a whole. Lord Shipley ( Ex Leader Newcastle City Council)
Andrew Dixon was a keynote speaker at ‘ Great Places’ – the Australian National Planning Congress in Melbourne in May 2015. Speaking on culture and places he talked about the turnaround of NewcastleGateshead as a cultural destination, the bid for Hull to be UK City of Culture and the way that culture can help create identity, pride and prosperity for towns and cities. http://www.planning.org.au/whatson/national-congress
It was never in doubt that ‘great places’ are core to planners’ raison d’etre, but hearing from the people responsible for some of the world’s greatest places was inspirational. Engaging and passionate presentations included New York’s Mitchell Silver and the UK’s Andrew Dixon. Both brought enlightening international perspectives for what planning can bring to places, through more than just land use decisions and development control. Andrew and Mitch both focused on how cultural influence and meaningful engagement were vital tools in a planner’s place-making armoury.
Hull estimates that it will receive over £60 million economic benefit from hosting UK City of Culture and the award has already helped accelerate other developments such as the regeneration of the Fruit Market area, the growth of audiences for Freedom Festival and investment in public realm. CCP advised on programme, budgeting, and then fundraising and partnership development. We helped lay the foundations for partnerships with Arts Council England, BBC, BFI, health agencies, University of Hull, regional and national cultural organisations and local businesses, securing over 20 sponsors and significant public funding.