Ferens Art Gallery

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.

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Opening hours

The Ferens Art Gallery is currently closed for major refurbishment and will reopen early 2017.
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.

Masterpieces from the Royal Collection: Rembrandt The Shipbuilder and his Wife

  • 1 April — 28 August 2017 *on now

An established partnership with Royal Collection Trust has secured the loan of a magnificent standalone masterpiece by Rembrandt van Rijn which is the first ever painting by the artist to visit the city.

‘The Ship Builder and his Wife’, 1633, draws attention to Hull’s historic trading links and maritime history. It will be displayed alongside British Library loans and items drawn from the permanent collection exploring the rumour that Rembrandt may have lived in Hull for a few months between 1661 and 62, motivated by the desire to escape his creditors in Amsterdam.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

SKIN: Freud, Mueck and Tunick - Ron Mueck in Partnership with Artist Rooms

  • 22 April — 13 August 2017 *on now

Presenting the work of internationally acclaimed artists, the exhibition explores the nude and in particular how the depiction of skin continues to fascinate today.

Spencer Tunick’s hugely anticipated photographs from the Ferens Art Gallery’s Sea of Hull 2016 commission are revealed for the first time. Officially the largest nude installation in the UK, and under the artist’s direction, over 3,200 participants from across the world painted their skin with blue body paint, dramatically transforming Hull’s urban landscape and reflecting the city’s maritime history.

Mueck and Freud’s works reflect not only our fascination with surface, but the artists’ ability to convey powerful psychological depth and intensity through their work.

Ron Mueck’s striking, meticulously crafted sculptures of the human form, including Wild Man (2005), Spooning Couple, (2005), are drawn from the ARTIST ROOMS collection of modern and contemporary art.

Four of Freud’s intimate paintings on loan from national partners include the painting Two Men (1987-1988) Naked Girl with Egg (1980-1981), Small Naked Portrait (1973-1974) and Large Interior, London W9 (1973), which will also explore the relationship between the artist and the model.



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.

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 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.

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.

Ferens Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Square
East Yorkshire






01482 613902

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