Look ahead to 2018: Visual Art

From Bagpuss and Cuneo to the Humber and a cultural overload, we look ahead to some of the exciting new visual art exhibitions coming to our region in 2018.

Turner Prize 2017

Until 7 Jan
Ferens Art Gallery

It’s not technically a 2018 exhibition… but it’s your last chance to see the Turner Prize in Hull! Make sure you catch the exhibition before it closes on 7 January, including the winning installation from Lubaina Himid.

Big Picture: Leo Francis in association with Chris Fenton

20 Jan – 25 Feb
Humber Street Gallery

This exhibition of photography, from Leo Francis in association with Chris Fenton, is a pure celebration of the Hull 2017 volunteers. A new photographic commission shows that when people come together they can create something greater than themselves.

Grains of Scandalous Blue: Julia Vogl

20 Jan – 25 Feb
Humber Street Gallery

Presented alongside the Big Picture photography commission, explore the fruits of artist Julia Vogl’s residency in Hull. Julia spent time working within the Hull 2017 volunteering team, exploring the creative potential of this loud, proud volunteering workforce.


Until 17 Feb
Beverley Art Gallery

Discover the changing face of the Humber Estuary, one of the largest in the UK, in this multi-media exhibition celebrating regional identity.

With its vast nature reserve, fishing and shipping heritage, the Humber has been inspiring artists for centuries, offering dramatic seascapes, industrial skylines and tranquil wildlife scenes while reflecting the area’s changing social and economic fortunes.

Follow its journey with this collection of traditional paintings and drawings alongside more contemporary offerings from Ian Mitchell and Stephen Todd.

Ferens Open Exhibition 2018

17 Feb – 22 April
Ferens Art Gallery

Providing an amazing opportunity for amateur and professional artists, the Ferens Open display will include a hugely diverse selection of artworks in a variety of styles and media. Many of the pieces on display will be for sale too, giving you the chance to purchase original artworks at a wide range of prices. Later in the year, the Junior Open 2018 offers young artists (aged 15 and under) the chance to share their work with the world.


Until 28 Feb, Open Sat/Sun 12 – 4pm
Kingston Art Group Gallery

Kingston Art Group reflect on an incredible year for visual art in the city with a group show featuring work from all its members including; studio members, associate members, those on the waiting list and friends.

Stendhal Syndrome is a recognised medical condition which belongs to a group of psychosomatic disorders. Causing rapid heartbeat, dizziness, fainting, confusion and even hallucinations, it is triggered by a group of artworks that are considered overpoweringly beautiful.


Until 15 Apr
Brynmor Jones Library

Curated by Science Museum Group Director, Ian Blatchford and the Chief Curator of the National Railway Museum, Andrew McLean this exhibition takes a fresh look at the work of English painter Terence Cuneo.

Drawing on loan material from across the UK, the exhibition looks at his incredible drawings for the Ministry of Information during the Second World War, his well–loved railway paintings and posters, depictions of industrial power and process, and his portrayal of the power of sovereign and state.


12 Jan – 6 Apr
Artlink Hull

Inspired by his Square Peg residency, former Artlink Heritage Hub member Jason Wilsher-Mills presents his first solo exhibition.

A collection of humorous, theatrical, interactive pieces tells the hidden stories of the city’s diverse disabled communities featuring a range of characters including the East Hull Elvis, The PIP Princess, and the Adventure of the Hedgetrimmer.


3 Mar – 3 Jun
Hull Maritime Museum

Explore the harrowing journey of Sir Ernest Shackleton and the men of the Endurance Expedition of 1914-1917 in this breathtaking photographic exhibition.

Featuring more than 90 newly-digitised images from official expedition photographer Frank Hurley, including previously unseen details of the crew’s epic struggle for survival, interior images of the Endurance and a glimpse of life on the pack ice of the Weddell Sea.


12 May – 29 Jul, Free
Ferens Art Gallery

Relive childhood days past with this trip down memory lane, featuring Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s Bagpuss, the Soup Dragon and Noggin the Nog.

Discover the original puppets, sets and filming equipment that made these loveable creatures an essential part of growing up in the 1950s, in this exhibition from the V&A Museum of Childhood. See how characters developed, and learn how Oliver and Peter developed their stop-frame animation techniques alongside a selection of toys and puppets from Hull Museum’s permanent collection.

DIGGING THE PAST: Festival of Archaeology

21 Jul, 11am – 4pm, Free
Hull & East Riding Museum

Dig, delve and discover how archaeologists unearth the past.

Explore the history of Hull and the East Riding from the dinosaurs until the English Civil War. Wander through an Iron Age village, peruse Roman shops and nosey round a Roman villa. Discover Medieval Hull and objects unearthed by archaeologists metres from where you stand.