What's on at Ferens Art Gallery




Brick by Brick – International LEGO® Brick Art

Ferens Art Gallery

Saturday 28 May – Sunday 11 September 2022

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 in a variety of scales, from jewellery to sculpture. 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.

Participating artists are: The Little Artists, Valentino Fialdini, David Hughes, David Turner, Jason Freeny, Ekow Nimako, Janet Curley Cannon, Hannah Gibson, Cole Blaq, Little Big Art, Zino, Eat My Bricks, Samsofy, Michael Brennand-Wood, James Paterson, Agabag, AME 72 and Jonathan Rolph.

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, drop-in.

Image: Whispering Sweet Nothings by Hannah Gibson



Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945

Ferens Art Gallery

Saturday 2 July – Sunday 2 October

This major new touring exhibition challenges the male-dominated narratives of post-war British sculpture by presenting a diverse and significant range of ambitious work by women.

Breaking the Mould is the first survey of post-war British sculpture by women. This exhibition provides a radical recalibration, addressing the many accounts of British sculpture that have marginalised women or airbrushed their work from art history altogether.

The exhibition surveys seventy-five years and explores the work of over forty sculptors. All of the works have been selected from the Arts Council Collection, which holds more than 250 sculptures by over 150 women.

The exhibition features a number of sculptures on public display for the first time since they were purchased for the nation.

Breaking the Mould represents the strength and diversity of a wide range of practices.

Many of the represented artists have challenged widespread notions of sculpture as a ‘male occupation’ by embracing new materials, subjects and approaches. Others have avoided institutional bias by producing work for alternative spaces or public sites.

Featured artists include Barbara Hepworth, Elisabeth Frink, Kim Lim, Cornelia Parker, Veronica Ryan, Rachel Whiteread and Anthea Hamilton.

Breaking the Mould is an Arts Council Collection Touring Exhibition initiated in response to Women Working in Sculpture from 1960 to the Present Day: Towards a New Lexicon, a research project led by Catherine George (University of Coventry) and Hilary Gresty (independent).

Image: Breaking the Mould: Sculpture by Women since 1945. Installation view at Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 29 May - 5 September 2022. Photo: Anna Arca © the artists and estates 2022.



Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022

Ferens Art Gallery and Humber Street Gallery

Friday 23 September - Sunday 27 November

New Contemporaries annual exhibition of emerging and early career artists launches in Hull at Humber Street Gallery and Ferens Art Gallery. The hotly anticipated 2022 exhibition includes artists selected through an open submission by internationally renowned artists James Richards, Veronica Ryan and Zadie Xa.

Established in 1949, New Contemporaries gives visibility, recognition and support to the incredible breadth and depth of emerging talent, enabling artists’ practices to become more sustainable long-term.

Drawing on personal and universal narratives, this year’s exhibition demonstrates a rich diversity of voices and approaches to making. The 48 selected artists include final year students and recent graduates from UK arts institutions, as well as practitioners on alternative peer-to peer learning programmes.

As well as taking part in the annual touring exhibition, artists will benefit from inclusion in the New Contemporaries online platform and gain access to a range of mentoring, talks, discussion groups and workshops through New Contemporaries bespoke Bridget Riley Artist Development Programme.

Selected artists for Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2022 are: Sarah Al-Sarraj, Lou Baker, Ashton Blyth, Adam Boyd, Tom Bull, Velvet Butler Carroll/Rudi Blu, Danying Chen, Josh Clague, Eugenia Cuellar, bill daggs, Francesca Dobbe, Charlotte Edey, Paola Estrella, Winnie Hall, Hamish Halley, Deborah Hobson, Eva Hopper, Steph Huang, Kneed – Ishwari Bhalerao and Leonie Rousham, Gabriel Kidd, Yun Kim, Sarah Lang, Akinsola Lawanson, Lorena Levi, Rudy Loewe, Catarina Ludovico, Jemisha Maadhavji, Leily Moghtader Mojdehi, Mehmil Nadeem, Abi Ola, Beverley Onyangunga, Ciara Otuokere, Meitao Qu, Bishwadhan Rai, Divya Sharma, Nicole Sheppard, Sherie Sitauze, Katie Surridge, Yukako Tanaka, Kialy Tihngang, Emma Todd, Rosalie Wammes,Theresa Weber, Andre Williams, Dawn Wilson, Zearo and Zish.

Free, drop-in.

Image: Mehmil Nadeem, The Tender Touch, 2021. Photo manipulation and print.






Family Events




Fantasy Island LEGO® 

Friday 5 August, 10am – 11am & 11.30am-12.30pm

Build a fantasy island for a mystery LEGO® figure. Take up our challenge to create an island paradise themed to whatever the mystery figure may be?

Suitable for accompanied children age 5 – 11.

Free, booking required



Mini Bridge Building

Wednesday 10 August, 10am - 11am & 11.30am - 12.30pm

Can you create an amazing LEGO® bridge? A crazy looking bridge? Or a bridge like no other? Join in and build a bridge to get a mini figure from A to B in the most stylish way you can. 

Suitable for accompanied children age 5 – 11.

Free, booking required.






Summer What's On

A large print version of our what's on booklet is available below

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