Ferens Art Gallery re-opens for 2017 and beyond

Ferens Art Gallery will re-open its doors to the public on Friday 13 Jan from 12pm – 5pm following its £5.1m refurbishment, celebrating the start of our year as UK City of Culture. Visitors will find Pietro Lorenzetti’s rare 14th century panel painting, Christ between Saints Paul and Peter and other early Italian Renaissance masterpieces, plus the re-presentation of the gallery’s exceptional permanent collection.

100 years to the day on 12 Jan will mark the day The Times announced that Thomas Robinson Ferens had acquired a plot of land in Queen Victoria Square for the creation of an art gallery in Hull. The announcement was made in a letter from Ferens, which had been announced at a Hull City Council meeting by the Lord Mayor the day before, as reported in the Hull Daily Mail on 12 Jan 1917.

Following the unveiling of the Lorenzetti masterpiece this week, the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, will officially open the competition for the successor of the UK City of Culture in 2021.

2017 Highlights at the Ferens

Pietro Lorenzetti: Siena to Hull, A Masterpiece Revealed

Having undergone extensive conservation treatment and research at the National Gallery in London, Pietro Lorenzetti’s stunning panel painting, Christ between Saints Paul and Peter reveals the dazzling world of early 14th-century Sienese painting.

Francis Bacon: Nervous System

Five of Francis Bacon’s notorious Screaming Popes join the Ferens Art Gallery’s permanent collection redisplay. This includes one of Bacon’s most revered and highly recognised masterpieces, Head VI, from the Arts Council Collection.

Open Exhibition

The Open Exhibition at the Ferens has celebrated the creativity of local amateur and professional artists since 1967. Marking its 50th anniversary this year, the exhibition will be selected by Dr Gabriele Finaldi; Director of the National Gallery; Hull-born actor Maureen Lipman CBE, and internationally renowned sculptor and Royal Academician, David Mach.

Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull

The unveiling of Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull commission in April will be a major highlight for more than 3,200 participants in Hull who took part in a series of urban portraits in July 2016, officially confirmed as the largest nude installation ever staged in the UK.

Turner Prize 2017

The world renowned arts prize will come to Hull in September, offering the chance for all to encounter some of the most vibrant visual art being made today in an exciting exhibition of the four shortlisted artists’ work. The Turner Prize, named after British landscape painter JMW Turner, is an annual prize awarded by Tate to a British artist under the age of 50 who has exhibited outstanding work in the previous year. Ferens Art Gallery will be only the fifth venue outside London to host the prize since it was established in 1984. Often provocative, the prize aims to promote debate around contemporary visual arts. Previous winners include Damien Hirst, Grayson Perry, Jeremy Deller, Elizabeth Price and, in 2015, the collective Assemble.