The Ferens Art Gallery is one of Hull’s most high profile and popular cultural assets. It was extended and refitted in 1991 and consequently after 23 years the systems for environmental control, lighting and display where nearing the end of their effective operational life.

The work to improve the environmental conditions has ensured the gallery plays a central role in the City of Culture programme by bringing in the very best exhibitions and collection loans available to Hull.  From September, Hull will host one of the art world’s most prestigious awards, the Turner Prize, the exhibition of the four shortlisted artists’ work will be held at the Ferens Art Gallery until 8 January 2018.

The extension to the rear of the building has improved the café offer and the relocated shop has returned this gallery to its intended use and increased the amount of display space.

The refurbished Ferens Art Gallery has improved environmental conditions and created a state-of-the art display space for the city’s magnificent collections and large-scale visiting exhibitions.

Who is involved?

  • Hull City Council
  • £4.5m investment including
    • £2.9m Hull City Council capital investment
    • Grant funding £1.6m
    • £499,999 Arts Council Small Capital Fund
  • 25 jobs

A sneak preview of the Ferens Art Gallery improvments

BBC Arts correspondent Anne-Marie Tasker provides an insight into the improvement works at the Ferens Art Gallery.

Video courtesy of BBC Look North


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