Assemble Fest is funded by Arts Council England, Hull City Council, Community First and KC. The money that we receive is used for everything from commissioning new work and providing employment opportunities, to booking additional street activity, bringing industry champions to Hull to act as mentors, and getting the word out to the masses. We also receive essential in-kind support from local organisations, including leading health and safety experts Arco.
We contacted Arco at their offices in Hull, requesting support with specialist equipment to optimise Assemble Fest's health and safety measures. Regional Sales Manager Gerard Gibbons was extremely helpful, offering us high-vis vests, a portable access ramp, an adjustable ladder and plastic chain posts, which will also improve technical accessibility and queue management. Pat Coe greeted us when we arrived and the entire team gave us a very friendly welcome, loading up the equipment into our vehicle (a borrowed camper van).