Ferens Art Gallery, Hull

Hull launches City of Culture programme

Alice Durrans, 04.01.2017
Museums and galleries to play key role in 2017
Hull has opened its first week as the UK City of Culture for 2017 with a series of exhibitions, events and other cultural activities.

The year kicked-off with Made in Hull, a journey through almost 100 years of the city’s history that sees artists use large-scale projection, soundscapes, site-specific art installations, animation, archive material and interactive live performance to transform buildings, streets, the skyline and other public spaces around the city centre.

Museums and galleries are playing a big part in the cultural programme.

The Ferens Art Gallery reopens on 13 January following a £4.5m refurbishment, while a new contemporary art space, Humber Street Gallery, is opening in the Fruit Market cultural quarter on 3 February.

Earlier this week Hull Maritime Museum unveiled the Bowhead Exhibition, an audiovisual installation higlighting Hull’s whaling heritage.

And Hull History Centre opened Hull Charters, which tells the story of the first four centuries of the city through its archives, focusing on its collection of City Charters.

“We wanted to focus on one of our most iconic collections – the City Charters,” said Martin Taylor, the city archivist at Hull History Centre.

“We use them to tell the story of Hull’s first 400 years, showcasing the rich heritage of the city, which underpins so many of the events and exhibitions in City of Culture 2017. We are already seeing the interest in our new display boost footfall.”

More events will be revealed throughout January.