Hull curators call for photos of public at play in museum plan to raise smiles with Beryl Cook selfies

By Culture24 Reporter | 21 February 2014

When a Beryl Cook exhibition opens in Hull this spring, it hopes to include portraits by the public inspired by her cheery works

A photo of a cartoonish 20th century painting of people enjoying themselves in a pub
Beryl Cook, Lockyer Tavern© Beryl Cook estate, courtesy Private Collection
Having secured an exclusive loan of dozens of privately-owned paintings by Beryl Cook, the painter known for her cartoonish depictions of people hard at leisure in pubs and everyday scenarios, Hull’s heritage service is appealing to local residents to contribute photos of their own idea of fun.

Hull Maritime Museum will host Working Hard, Playing Hard from April. In the meantime, curators are asking for digital images from any time during the past 50 years, supplementing pictures from the Hull Daily Mail archives alongside the display.

“Our number one aim with this exhibition is to put a smile on people’s faces,” says Robin Diaper, the Curator of Maritime and Social History.

“The paintings show ordinary people enjoying themselves, and I hope lots of people submit photos of themselves enjoying their leisure time.

“This is their chance to be in the exhibition. In the run-up, we’d like people in Hull and the region to send in photographs of themselves enjoying their leisure time.

“They could include sport, music, a night out, a quiet game of scrabble, motorbikes or ballet."

Submissions are open until March 3 2014 for a show which follows exhibitions on David Hockney, Leonardo Da Vinci and Andy Warhol at the city’s Ferens Art Gallery.

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