Ferens Art Gallery Open Exhibition

2021 Open Exhibition

Ferens Art Gallery

Saturday 24 July - Sunday 3 October 2021

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 are for sale.

Free, drop-in.

2021 Open Exhibition Virtual Tour


In this short film we take a closer look at the 2021 Open Exhibition and hear from selector Kofi Smiles, and the judges who chose the prize winners.


2021 Prize Winners


Future Ferens Young and Emerging Talent Prize sponsored by BSB Architecture - The Dead Bod, Chipspice and Polar Bear by Erin Ledsom








Friends of the Ferens Award 3rd prize - Albufeira Beach by Brian Tozer

Friends of the Ferens Award 2nd prize - Payback – Stitched Em Up Mast by Helen Newsome

Friends of the Ferens Award 1st prize - Michelangelo the Painter by Gail Hurst

Hull Culture and Leisure Chair Prize - Joy by Angela Bell



2021 Open Exhibition - Key Dates for Artists

Online submissions open 9am, Monday 15 February 2021
Online submissions close Midnight, Sunday 7 March 2021
Notification by email Wednesday 14 April 2021
Delivery of chosen work Saturday 19 June to Friday 2 July 2021
Exhibition display Saturday 24 July to Sunday 3 October 2021
Collection of artwork Saturday 9 October to Friday 22 October 2021