COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

Saturday 21 September 2019 - Sunday 19 January 2020

Ferens Art Gallery

Sir Thomas Lawrence’s famous portrait of William Wilberforce will be exhibited in Hull at the Ferens Art Gallery as part of a major project launched by the National Portrait Gallery. The COMING HOME project sees the National Portrait Gallery lend 50 portraits of iconic individuals to places across the UK with which they are most closely associated. 

William Wilberforce was born in 1759, the son of a Hull merchant. In 1780, Wilberforce was elected MP for Hull, and through tireless efforts, became the parliamentary spokesperson for the British campaign to abolish Transatlantic Slavery.

As Wilberforce’s portrait will journey home, an accompanying exhibition will look at the journey of his legacy. Starting with Wilberforce, his life in Hull and his pivotal role in the Abolition campaign, the exhibition will explore how his memory has been celebrated in the City and inspired anti-slavery campaigner Salim Charles Wilson in the 1900s. The exhibition also includes a 2007 commission for Hull by Jamaican artist Keith Piper to mark the national bicentenary of the abolition of the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

The portrait will be on display in the Ferens Art Gallery together with works from the Ferens, and Wilberforce House Museum permanent collections.


Events Programme

The Human Rainbow: Artist led portraiture workshop 

Wednesday 30 October 2019, 12noon - 3.30pm

Ferens Art Gallery

Suitable for those aged 13-18 years

Join this half day workshop bridging together multi-sensory drawing techniques, the politics of colour and the representation of identity, through an inclusive and expressive way of pain ting. Final artworks will be featured in a display at the Ferens Art Gallery.

This socially engaged workshop is led by artist Estabrak Al-Ansari

Free, booking essential. 

To book your free ticket please visit 20200120214642