This work consists of seven fibreglass sculptures with light, sound and vibration and will be presented in Gallery 2. Sirens was commissioned by Freedom Festival Arts Trust and created in partnership with Pan Intercultural Arts.
Sirens examines the view of women in global society through the lens of ancient mythology. The inspiration for this project came from an article about the treatment of female characters within ancient mythology. This is the first time this work has been shown in an indoor setting. Close by in Gallery 5 at the Ferens is a large oil painting called Ulysses and the Sirens, 1909, by Herbert Draper, who was known for his mythological scenes.
The Ferens has a magnificent collection of paintings and sculptures, including works by European Old Masters, portraiture, marine painting, and modern and contemporary British art. Highlights include masterpieces by Lorenzetti, Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Frederick Leighton, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing. With a regular programme of events, guided tours and changing exhibitions, there’s always something new to explore. You can also enjoy refreshments in our popular cafe, Venue Hull.