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Local artists will be taking over the Ferens Art Gallery, the home of Turner Prize 2017, for an evening of creativity and celebration in Hull.

Return // Live

The Gift

Prosecco Bar open from 7pm-10pm
Thomas Ferens Gallery (upstairs)

Sink into the decadent surroundings of art purchased by Thomas Ferens and gifted to the city.

Grab a drink at the pop-up prosecco bar and indulge in the electronic sounds of off-kilter “almost pop” musician My Pleasure, followed by multi-intrumentalist, live looper and label boss at Love Our Records, Kev La Kat, who has been supported by everyone from BBC Introducing to Vivienne Westwood. Headlining will be POLO, with their glacial atmospherics and lush, r’n’b- tinged pop, curated by Ellie Churchill from Chambers.

POLO https://soundcloud.com/polomusicuk
Kev la Kat > https://soundcloud.com/kevlakat
My Pleasure > https://soundcloud.com/adultteeth/my-pleasure-hello

Return // Fine Cut

Greasy Fingers

Gallery 3 – European 18th Century
Free with limited availability – first come first served

Let your hair down in RETURN // FINE CUT with local lad Phil from Greasy Fingers, who will bring his barbers’ chair and scissor skills to the gallery for one night only. Sit down, relax and get a quick trim in style.

Return // Performance

Bits of Things

First performance 6.15pm

Taking inspiration from the Turner Prize 2017 exhibition and audience reactions, local dancers Jo Ashbridge and Tamar Draper take over the gallery with a new piece of dance. They will explore themes of place and identity, memory, communication, vulnerability and contrast.

Return // Exchange

Live Tours

First tour leaves at 6.10pm
Starting in the Central Courtyard

You’ve seen it, now return for an alternative view. Join your host for an unconventional tour to experience Turner Prize 2017 in a new way.

Return // Debate


Ferens Café

Fandangoekid is a graphic artist who documents love and loss and encourages a more open approach to typically taboo subjects.

Join Annie, the Fandangoekid, at the Ferens café, where she’ll be showcasing a specially made mural. At this drop-in workshop where you can to contribute to piece of art to make your voice heard.

Be brave, join the discussion and let your words be seen.

Return // Art

Between Competition and Care

6.30pm (Free, ticketed)
Ferens Studio

Artes Mundi, BALTIC Artists’ Award, Turner Prize, John Moores Painting Prize, Paul Hamlyn Foundation Awards for Artists and the Max Mara Prize for Women… the current list of contemporary art prizes goes on.

This explosion of such prizes in recent years raises the question:

Is competition the best environment for artists to make work and for the public to encounter new work?

And as a result, how do we care for art, audiences, and artwork in the context of competition?

As part of Turner//Return, the Ferens Art Gallery and Hull 2017 are pleased to present Between Competition and Care a panel discussion on the nature of art prizes with Sarah Munro, Director of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, and Ben Borthwick, Artistic Director of Plymouth Art Centre. Hosted by Turner Prize 2017 curators Sacha Craddock and George Vasey.

Booking is advised as spaces are limited.

Art Film Screenings

Ferens Studio

Drop in to a programme of emerging artists’ films specially selected by the Turner Prize 2017 curators. Films include:

  • Steve Connolly – ‘Mas Se Perdio’ [we lost more]
  • Jayce Salloum – Untitled part 3b: (as if) beauty never ends…
  • Rehanna Zaman – 5
  • Beatrice Gibson – Solo for Rich Man
  • Lucy Parker – The Home and the World

Return // Feesting


Gallery 2 – Dutch 17th Century

The table has been set, the food has been made… all we need now are the guests. In the sumptuous surroundings of the Dutch 17th Century Gallery we are inviting you to join our ‘feest’.

Artist Anna Bean and Future Ferens ask you to join them to talk about art, life, your day at work – whatever it is, they are there to listen and respond, and there’s plenty to eat. Tuck in. Bon Appetit! Smakelijk!

Return // Print

Meet Me at the Blue Box

Outside Ferens Art Gallery

Hull based arts collective, Hack & Host have recreated Hull Daily Mail’s famous Blue Box. A place to meet, exchange and share, the Blue Box has been making its way around Hull capturing voices across the city and their thoughts on Turner Prize 2017.

Located at the main entrance of the Ferens Art Gallery, you’re invited to visit the Blue Box and find out what the story is so far through the specially created newspaper. Feel free to have a sit down, read the paper and add your own thoughts. Remember: Whatever you think about art, you’re right.

The Turner Prize 2017 exhibition will be open all evening, giving you the chance to explore the work of the four nominated artists.




Queen Victoria Square
01482 300 300


If you have purchased a ticket for an event/activity at this venue through hull2017.co.uk, please do not contact the venue direct with enquiries for that purchase as they will be unable to help.

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Venue Access

  • Accessible Toilets
  • Assistance Dogs
  • Baby Changing
  • Hearing Loop
  • Level Access
  • Wheelchair Access

Opening times

Monday 10am - 4:30pm
Tuesday 10am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 10am - 4:30pm
Thursday 10am - 4:30pm
Friday 10am - 4:30pm
Saturday 10am - 4:30pm
Sunday 11am - 4.00pm

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