Government announces £1.5 million to help Hull's Ferens Art Gallery host 2017 Turner Prize

By Culture24 Reporter | 05 February 2015

Funding sends "clear message" to London galleries, say organisers of Hull's City of Culture campaign

A photo of the outside of a large historic public art gallery on a city street
The Turner Prize could be heading to Hull© Courtesy Hull City Council
Hull could follow in the footsteps of its City of Culture predecessor, Derry-Londonderry, by hosting the Turner Prize when it takes up the title in 2017.

Announcing the news at the end of a list of proposals for Yorkshire ranging from the high-speed HS2 rail line to the cycling celebration, Tour de Yorkshire, the Prime Minister and his Chancellor said the Ferens – an 88-year-old gallery which is one of nine venues run by Hull Museums – would receive £1.5 million in funding.

Councillor Stephen Brady, the leader of Hull City Council, called the investment “fantastic”. £1 million will help refurbish the gallery, with the remaining £500,000 used by the city’s new Culture Company to help stage the prize.

“As part of our wider investment proposals for the Ferens and other cultural assets, it will help us send a clear message to institutions like the Tate, the Royal Collection and the National Gallery that Hull is ready to host the world’s most sought-after exhibitions in 2017 and beyond,” added Brady.

A photo of the inside of a large modern art gallery with wooden flooring and art
The gallery opened in 1927© Courtesy Hull City Council
Martin Green, of Culture Company, said organisers had entered discussions with Tate.

“This is a huge vote of confidence in Hull’s ability to deliver a world-class year of culture in 2017 and in the power of culture to be a catalyst for economic regeneration,” he declared.

“We are working with our partners to bring work of national and international significance to Hull in 2017, and to ensure that the year leaves a lasting legacy for the city through revitalised cultural assets.”

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