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.

Venue Type:

Gallery

Opening hours

Mon-Sat 1000-1630
Sun 1100-1600

Admission charges

FREE

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.
A pale pencil and chalk drawing of a male sitter, shows his head and shoulders facing three-quarters to the right. He wears a hat and fur collar

Masterpieces in Focus from the Royal Collection: Hans Holbein the Younger, Sir Thomas More (1478-1535), c.1526-7

  • 23 March — 23 June 2019 *on now

An ongoing partnership with Royal Collection Trust brings a masterpiece by Hans Holbein the Younger to Hull for the first time, generously lent by Her Majesty The Queen from the Royal Collection. A portrait drawing of Sir Thomas More (1478-1535). The portrait, likely connected to a single oil portrait of the sitter, shows his head and shoulders facing three-quarters to the right. He wears a hat and fur collar. The drawing has been pricked for transfer. Inscribed in an eighteenth-century hand at upper left: Tho: Moor Ld Chancelour.

Hans Holbein was born in Augsburg, Germany, trained in Basel, Switzerland and spent a total of thirteen years in England, in 1526-8 and 1532-43. The major work of Holbein's first period in England was a portrait of the family of Sir Thomas More and during the latter period he became the most important artist at the court of Henry VIII. A small display focusing on preparatory studies and final artworks from the Ferens Art Gallery’s permanent collection will be highlighted alongside Holbein’s masterpiece. Holbein’s Sir Thomas More portrait marks the third of five exceptional works of art from the Royal Collection to go on display at the Ferens Art Gallery between 2017 and 2021, as part of Masterpieces in Focus from the Royal Collection.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/hull/events/event.page?record=JURGmK1HUCY

still from video

Is This Planet Earth?

  • 4 May — 28 July 2019 *on now

Visitors will encounter wondrous creatures and stunning landscapes filled with colours and sensations that are heightened and strange. Beautiful to behold and often sci-fi in feel, the exhibition will have darker undercurrents relating to our destruction of nature. The varied artistic work pays homage to visionary sci-fi writers and filmmakers who conjured apocalyptic landscapes and creatures such as; J.G Ballard, John Wyndham and Douglas Trumbull, to name just a few.

There are sculptures by Salvatore Arancio, Halina Dominska and Alfie Strong, paintings by Dan Hays and Katherine Reekie, a sound installation by Jason Singh, a live performance by Patrick Coyle and videos by Helen Sear and Seán Vicary.

A Tŷ Pawb touring exhibition, curated by Angela Kingston.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/hull/events/event.page?record=zr2SHoE0RpE

Visitors interacting with suspended microbe pods.

Microbes

  • 18 May — 1 September 2019 *on now

Gallery 4 will be transformed by a glowing landscape of suspended inflatable microbe pods of differing shapes and sizes. This exhibition is inspired by the beautiful microscopic imagery of bacteria and cells that live within us. Visitors can walk through the pods causing them to sway and bump into each other. Every few minutes the pods will slowly deflate and then inflate as if breathing, creating a mesmerising spectacle. This family focused exhibition provides a fun sensory experience not to be missed.

The Microbes are designed by Spacecadets Air Design. http://spacecadets.com/

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • Any age

Website

http://search3.openobjects.com/kb5/hull/events/event.page?record=6U6O51CjHM8

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

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=112

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.

Publisher

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

Connect>Create 2008

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=531

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.

Publisher

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

Connect>Create 2009

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=578

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

Publisher

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

Hull Through the Eyes of a Sculptor

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=143

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.

Publisher

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

Hull Traders: Revolutionary Fabrics

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=615

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.

Publisher

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

Self Image

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=147

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.

Publisher

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

Surrealist Art: Objects and Meanings

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=163

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.

Publisher

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

The Painted Lady - Tudor Portraits at the Ferens

http://www.mylearning.org/overview.asp?journeyid=509

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

Publisher

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

Ferens Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Square
Hull
East Yorkshire
HU1 3RA
England

Website

http://www.hcandl.co.uk/ferens

E-mail

museums@hcandl.co.uk

Telephone

01482 613902

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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