With an unprecedented number of visitors expected to head to Hull for Turner Prize 2017, Ferens Art Gallery have announced that they will temporarily close their doors to prepare for the exhibition.
The gallery will be closed to the public between Tuesday 5 – Monday 11 September 2017, to ensure the gallery is ready to host the work of the four shortlisted artists: Hurvin Anderson, Andrea Büttner, Lubaina Himid and Rosalind Nashashibi. On Tuesday 12 September 2017 the gallery will reopen to the public, displaying highlights from the Ferens permanent collection in Gallery 4 as changes are made behind the scenes to the Turner Prize exhibition spaces.
The gallery will be closed for one additional day, Monday 25 September 2017, as final preparations are made to the exhibition. Turner Prize 2017 will then open its doors to the public from Tuesday 26 September 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2018.
A number of the Ferens’ permanent artworks will be carefully moved into secure onsite storage during the exhibition, while others will remain on display in the gallery alongside the Turner Prize exhibition.
Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism and Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure Limited, said “We have to ensure the gallery is ready to host one of the most exciting and best known contemporary art prizes in the world.
“The spotlight will be firmly on Hull for all the right reasons and we want the gallery to look its best. This work is vital to ensure this international event is a huge success.
“We’ve already enjoyed phenomenal visitor figures for The Ferens so far this year and hosting Turner Prize 2017 means this is set to continue.”
With free admission, Ferens Art Gallery is open Monday – Saturday from 10am – 5pm and Sunday from 11am – 4.30pm. It is also open until 7.30pm every Thursday.