2021 Open Exhibition

Saturday 24 July - Sunday 3 October

Ferens Art Gallery

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 has been selected by Colin Gray, Artist/Photographer and Filmmaker, Natalie Rudd, Senior Curator, Arts Council Collection, and Kofi Smiles, Breakfast Presenter, BBC Radio Humberside. Visitors can expect to see a fascinating array of artwork including impressive paintings, photography and textiles, as well as a number of striking sculptures and ceramics, most of which will be for sale.

For more information about the 2021 Open exhibition please visit www.ferensopen.co.uk


Pride in our City Exhibition

Saturday 14 August - Sunday 5 December 2021

Ferens Art Gallery

Pride in Our City explores Hull’s LGBTQ+ history and documents people’s experiences of being part of LGBTQ+ communities in the city. Through direct work with local communities, the exhibition reveals new narratives whilst encouraging you to get thinking and chatting about identity, gender, and sexuality. Discover real conversations and new interpretations to enable you to experience the collections through a queer lens.

Free, drop-in.


70 Objeks & Tings – Celebrating 70 Years of Caribbeans in the UK

Saturday 2 October - Sunday 31 October 2021

Streetlife Museum

70 Objeks & Tings is both an exhibition and a book that tells the stories of the Windrush Generation in their own words, and celebrates the amazing contributions they have made, and continue to make, to life in Britain, all across the UK. Museumand, The National Caribbean Heritage Museum, launched the on-line version of their book, 70 Objeks & Tings – Celebrating 70 Years of Caribbeans in the UK, on Windrush Day in 2020. A year on, they have launched the hardback version and their exhibition of the same name, to bring each page to life.

The book and the exhibition have been written and curated to share the precious stories of 184 Caribbean elders through 70 everyday objects and experiences familiar to both Caribbean life and British life.

We hope 70 Objeks & Tings will help visitors to the Streetlife Museum explore aspects of Caribbean culture they may not have discovered before, and give members of the Windrush Generation the chance to reminisce.

Free, drop-in.


Digital Exhibitions

Pride in Our City

Pride in Our City is a community-led digital exhibition created as a direct response to the Covid-19 lockdown. Hull Museums reached out to our audiences to digitally connect with individuals at home to create something special to celebrate Pride 2020.                                                                                         

All the content that makes up Pride in Our City has been submitted or created during the lockdown. Participants have recorded their own videos, capturing their own voices, to share their experiences and thoughts of Pride in Hull. Others have shared text, poems, and images - all to illustrate what Pride means to them and the importance of having Pride to our city. To explore the digital exhibition please visit www.prideinourcity.co.uk

But why stop there? The digital exhibition was just the start, and the Pride in Our City project continues.
To find out more about this exciting, ongoing work please visit http://humbermuseums.com/pride-city-project-2/




Hull Fair


This exhibition draws together photographs, stories and artwork submitted by showpeople and the people of Hull, to celebrate a fixture in the city’s calendar.

With input from school children, community groups in Hull, social media, residents of Walton Street and showmen families from Hull and beyond, the exhibition has tried to gather a broad spectrum of opinions and memories to show exactly what it is that makes Hull Fair so special.

To view the digital exhibition please visit http://humbermuseums.com/exhibitions/hull-fair/



Ferens 2020 Open Exhibition

The 2020 Open is Ferens’ 53rd annual Open Exhibition, which celebrates some of the best artistic talent in the region. The exhibition features more than 370 artworks including paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles and film produced by local amateur and professional artists.

This year’s exhibited works were selected by a panel of judges consisting of visual artist Graham Dean, whose artwork is represented in the Ferens permanent collection, freelance curator Angela Kingston and Kenn Taylor, creative director at Artlink.

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

You can now browse the full 2020 Open Exhibition online via our Humber Museums Partnership website – http://humbermuseums.com/exhibitions/ferens-2020-open-exhibition/

You can also explore interviews with a number of 2020 Open artists on our 2020 Open Project page - http://humbermuseums.com/projects/2020-open-project/



Digital Junior Open 

The Digital Junior Open exhibition is a celebration of the creative talent of young people in Hull and the surrounding area.  Artworks have been submitted by individuals, schools and local community groups, aged 15 and under. This online exhibition champions children’s creativity in the face of the pandemic and reflects young peoples’ experiences of 2020, their hopes and dreams – and simply their love of making art!

To explore the full exhibition please visit - http://humbermuseums.com/exhibitions/digital-junior-open/


Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020

Ferens is excited to be working in partnership with New Contemporaries on Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2020, together with Humber Street Gallery and South London Gallery, the latter recently announced as a finalist for Art Fund Museum of the Year.  

Though an exhibition in Hull has not been possible, in response to the pandemic, New Contemporaries has developed a special digital platform, which showcases the work of the 36 artists who were selected by renowned artists Alexandre da Cunha, Anthea Hamilton and Linder.

Alongside the artists’ selected work, the BNC2020 platform will host engaging content such as workshops, artist blogs and vlogs, and other digital projects which you can discover over the coming months.

You can explore the BNC2020 digital platform here: bnc2020.newcontemporaries.org.uk