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 Ferens Art Gallery and Humber Street 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 and recognition to the incredible breadth and depth of emerging talent. It also provides vital development opportunities enabling artists' practices to become more sustainable long-term.

Free, drop-in.






Artwork in Focus

Ferens Art Gallery

Thursday 19 May, 2pm

Join our curatorial team for a 10 minute talk on a work from the collection. This year we will be highlighting women in the Ferens collection, revealing stories about their lives and careers.

Free, drop-in

Image: Maquette for Birdman, Elisabeth Frink














Artist Talk: Hannah Gibson

Friday 24 June, 1pm - 2pm

Hannah’s artwork Whispering Sweet Nothings is on display in the Brick by Brick exhibition. Whilst studying Geology she became fascinated by the mineralogy and reactions between various elements, metals and compounds. This led to her passion for working with glass and using recycled or found materials. Join artist Hannah Gibson to find out more about her artistic practice, her interest in sustainability and recycling, and why she is inspired by LEGO® bricks.

Suitable for young people and adults.

Free, booking required


Image: Whispering Sweet Nothings by Hannah Gibson




Family Events



Brick By Brick Family Launch

Saturday 28 May, 10am - 2pm

Join us for an action packed day to celebrate the opening of our Brick by Brick exhibition. Meet LEGO® costume characters Emmet and Lucy, have a go at our LEGO® brick challenges*, take part in a mini-figure safari competition and enjoy craft activities.

*Free bookable Bricks McGee workshops 10am - 4pm

Bricks McGee LEGO® Workshops

Saturday 28 May, 10am - 4pm

Join us for a family-friendly LEGO® building workshops celebrating our Brick by Brick exhibition. Book onto one of our free hour-long sessions to get creative and make your own LEGO® artworks.

Brick Portraits

10am - 11am & 1.30pm - 2.30pm

Come and create a masterpiece in LEGO® bricks with help from Bricks McGee master builders! Suitable for accompanied children age 5 -8.

Free, booking required


Bricks N Pieces

11.30am - 12.30pm & 3pm - 4pm

Join us for a mix of LEGO® challenges set by Bricks McGee master builders. Suitable for accompanied children age 7-11.

Free, booking required



Baby Sensory

Tuesday 7 June & Thursday 14 July, 10.30am-11.30am

Be inspired by our Brick by Brick LEGO® exhibition through a mix of sensory and messy play with Eden’s Baby Experiences. The session will include singing and parachute games. Suitable for accompanied babies and children age 0-4 years.

Free, booking required







Brickbox.uk LEGO® Workshops

Mosaic Building

Wednesday 27 July 10am – 11am & 11.30am-12.30pm

Can you create an image using just 1x1 bricks or plates with LEGO®? If you're a budding artist or a wannabe Roman artisan come along and create a mosaic of your own design with help from the BrickBox.uk staff. 

Suitable for accompanied children age 5 – 11.

Free, booking required



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.