Exhibitions

Exhibitions

COMING HOME: William Wilberforce

Ferens Art Gallery

Until 19 January 2020

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.

Free entry.

Sea; the remains between

Ferens Art Gallery

Until 23 February 2020

Sea; the remains between explores the social, political and environmental impact of human activity in this region. It evolved through Estabrak’s personal exchanges with people in Hull and highlights both personal and universal stories, particularly those of people from communities overlooked by mainstream media and society.

The commission is part of Surroundings, a three-year programme about environmental themes, produced by Humber Museums Partnership and Invisible Dust, and funded by Arts Council England and the Wellcome Trust.

Free entry.

Junior Open Exhibition

Ferens Art Gallery

Until 26 January 2020

The Junior Open exhibition has been held annually at the Ferens Art Gallery since 2004. It celebrates the creative talent of young people in Hull and the surrounding area. Artworks are submitted by individuals, schools and local community groups, aged 15 and under.

This exhibition has kindly been sponsored by the Friends of the Ferens and The Hull and East Riding branch of The Arts Society who have provided prizes and selected winners in each age of the three age categories:  6 and under, 7 – 11 years and 12 – 15 years.

Free entry.

2020 Open Exhibition

Ferens Art Gallery

15 February - 26 April 2020

The annual Open Exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery has celebrated the creativity of local amateur and professional artists since 1967. Each year the Open Exhibition provides an exciting opportunity for artists to display and sell artwork. This year’s exhibition will be selected by Graham Dean, Visual Artist, Angela Kingston, Freelance Curator, and Kenn Taylor, Creative Director, Artlink, Hull. Visitors can expect to see a fascinating array of artwork including impressive paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, and textiles, most of which will be for sale.

This exhibition is sponsored by the Friends of the Ferens and BSB Architecture.

Free entry.

Masterpieces in Focus from the Royal Collection: Ludwig Grüner, Jewel-Cabinet, 1851

Ferens Art Gallery

4 April - 5 July 2020

An ongoing partnership with Royal Collection Trust brings a Victorian masterpiece by Ludwig Grüner to Hull for the first time, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection.

Queen Victoria’s Jewel-Cabinet was commissioned as a gift by Prince Albert and was an important exhibit at the nation’s Great Exhibition of 1851.


Grüner’s cabinet will be the centerpiece of a new exhibition. Accompanying the masterpiece will be highlights from the Ferens Art Gallery’s Victorian permanent collection.


Ludwig Grüner’s Jewel-Cabinet marks the fourth of five exceptional works of art from the Royal Collection to go on display at the Ferens between 2017 and 2021, as part of Masterpieces in Focus from the Royal Collection.

Free entry.

Brick by Brick - International LEGO® Brick Art 

Ferens Art Gallery

16 May - 13 September 2020

This family friendly exhibition brings together work by international artists, designers and photographers who use LEGO® bricks as their medium or inspiration. The exhibition includes a range of stunning 2D and 3D work. Using this simple plastic construction block as their starting point, each artist has created striking, thought provoking and often humorous artworks which will appeal to art enthusiasts and LEGO® fans alike.
 
Brick by Brick is a 20-21 Visual Arts Centre Touring Exhibition.
 
LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorise, endorse or otherwise support this exhibition or related events. The LEGO Group does not accept any responsibility for any unforeseen outcomes linked to this exhibition or related events.

Free entry.

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