Ferens Art Gallery

Ferens Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Square
East Yorkshire






01482 613902


01482 613710

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Ferens Art Gallery
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Opened in 1927, the award winning Ferens Art Gallery combines internationally renowned permanent collections with a thriving programme of temporary exhibitions. We also run a lively education and events programme that includes talks and art workshops.

The gallery's first-class permanent collection of paintings and sculpture spans the medieval period to the present day. These include European Old Masters, particularly Dutch and Flemish, portraiture, marine paintings, modern and contemporary British art, including video. Highlights include masterpieces by Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.

Part of the Designated Collections of national importance relating to the city and region of Kingston upon Hull are on display here.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1700
Sun 1330-1630

Admission charges


Part of a Designated Collection of national importance is on display at this gallery.

Collection details

Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Archives

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Open Exhibition 2015

  • 14 February — 26 April 2015 *on now

This popular annual exhibition for both amateur and professional artists is a celebration of creative talent. Artists age 16 plus are invited to submit up to 2 artworks for consideration. A selection will be made by two external selectors usually an artist and a curator. Artworks selected will be displayed in an exhibition at the gallery from 14 February to 26 April 2015. The majority of works will be for sale, with the gallery taking a commission. Visitors to the exhibition will be able to purchase an original artwork at an affordable price.

This year’s selectors are David Sweet, Painter and Critic who has two paintings in the Ferens Art Gallery’s permanent collection, and Liz Waring, Curator of Visual Art, from Museums Sheffield.

Prizes Available:
Friends of the Ferens Award
£250, £150, £100, selected and sponsored by the Friends of the Ferens
Student Award
£100, selected and sponsored by BSB Architecture
Council Cup Award
£100, selected by Cllr T Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Sport, Leisure and Culture
First World War Award
An award of £500 will go to an entry inspired by 2014’s First World War Centenary commemorations. The winner will be selected by a public vote and announced on 24 March 2015.

Guidelines, entry forms and framing instructions are available to pick up at the gallery now or you can download and print the forms from: www.hullcc.gov.uk/openexhibition

Important Dates:
Submissions must be delivered to the Gallery between 12 and 27 January 2015. There is a non-returnable handling fee of £5 per piece (£2.50 concessions) to submit your artwork for consideration.
Collection of unselected artwork: Monday 23 February – Monday 16 March 2015

Collection of selected work: Saturday 2 May – Saturday 23 May 2015

Please note the Gallery will be closing for a major refurbishment in 2015. Please make sure you collect your artwork by 23 May. The Ferens Art Gallery reserves the right to dispose of any work not collected by this date.

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

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+


Free Entry



Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Hull Through the Eyes of a Sculptor


Explore the maritime themed sculpture in Hull called Siren, by Chris Dobrowolski, and examine how ideas and meanings can be communicated through three dimensional forms.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Art across the curriculum


This resource about using art in galleries as a starting point for cross curricular work has some useful tips: choose a work large enough for a whole class to explore together in the gallery, take a risk - children are fantastic at making their own interpretations of both contemporary and historical artwork, look for unexpected curriculum links.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Connect>Create 2008


Focussing on Hull's contemporary art collection including work by Helen Chadwick, Mark Wallinger, Alan Currall, Seamus Nicholson and Paul Hodgson, with creative responses to their work by Art and Design students.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Connect>Create 2009


Work of HE and FE students inspired by Hull's contemporary art, with a fascinating audio clip called Hull Under Water by Michael Hirst.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics


Revolutionary design by Shirley Craven and Hull Traders and the exuberant, fun and colourful designs of the Sixties’ pop era show the cross-fertilisation of ideas in painting, textiles and furniture design.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Self Image


An insight with video and audio clips into how four artists, Alan Currall, Gavin Turk, John Coplans and John Byam Shaw explored a range of issues and ideas about self image and portraiture by turning their attention upon themselves or their families.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

Surrealist Art: Objects and Meanings


Surrealism is a popular movement with pupils and adults alike for its playful mixture of objects and images in unexpected situations and its shock tactics. This resource has been written to support pupils study of Surrealism but it encourages a focus on British artists and indicates the ongoing influence Surrealism has on British art.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.

The Painted Lady - Tudor Portraits at the Ferens


Learn about the Tudors through investigating their art. Investigate William Segar's portrait A Noblewoman, along with other examples from the period.


  • This resource was produced as part of the MLA-funded My Learning project.