Hull's galleries play key role in City of Culture programme - Museums Association

Hull’s galleries play key role in City of Culture programme

Ferens Art Gallery will host next year's Turner Prize
Nicola Sullivan
The reopening of the Ferens Art Gallery, currently undergoing a £4.5m facelift, coincides with the first few weeks of Hull 2017 UK City of Culture, and is one of the highlights of the programme of events launched last week. 

The newly refurbished gallery will open its doors in January with the unveiling of its latest acquisition – Pietro Lorenzetti’s Christ Between Saint Paul and Peter.

The painting, which dates back to c.1320, will go on public display for the first time since a four-year project to conserve it took place at London’s National Gallery. It is the only autographed work by Lorenzetti in a UK collection and was saved for the nation after being acquired by the Ferens Endowment Fund, with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Art Fund.

Detail from Christ between Saints Paul and Peter (c.1320) (c) Ferens Art Gallery

The Ferens Art Gallery has also been loaned Manet’s study Le Déjeuner sur l’Herbe from The Courtauld Gallery and Rembrandt’s The Shipbuilder and his wife from the Royal Collection. It will exhibit works from sculptor Ron Mueck as part of the Artists Rooms on Tour programme, as well as five of Francis Bacon’s Screaming Popes.

Spencer Tunick’s photographs from last year's Sea of Hull commission featuring thousands of nudes painted in blue body paint will also be displayed.

To mark the 50th anniversary of the Open Exhibition, which showcases the creativity of local artists, Gabriel Finaldi, the director of London’s National Gallery, and Hull-born actress, Maureen Lipman and sculptor David Mach will judge the work submitted for the 2017 edition.
The Ferens Art Gallery will also become the fifth location outside of London to host the Turner Prize since the award was established in 1984.

Meanwhile, the Humber Street Gallery – a brand new contemporary art space – will also open in January. From 3 February to 22 March it will host a show exploring the work and legacy of COUM Transmissions, which was founded in Hull by artists Genesis, P-Orridge and collector Cosey Fanni Tutti. Curated by Fanni Tutti, the retrospective exhibition will also feature musical performances, programmed by music website The Quietus, and three works by the artist Sarah Lucas.  

Newly commissioned works made for Hull’s public spaces will be displayed as part of a year-long programme called Look Up. Michael Pinsky, Bob and Roberta Smith and Claire Morgan are among the artists taking part.

The Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull will host the exhibition Lines of Thoughts – Drawing from Michelangelo to Now, featuring works from the British Museum’s collection.

Martin Green, the chief executive officer and director of Hull 2017, said: “Hull has always had a unique cultural voice and in 2017 it will roar. The spirit, the stories and the talent of this city have inspired this national year of celebration. From its artists to its residents through to the city’s incredible heritage, Hull will share with the rest of the world what people from here have known all along – the city has contributed significantly to ideas that have changed and enriched the world.”

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