Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery’s transformation gets underway for the City of Culture year


Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by KCFM

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The £4m project will see many changes to the gallery over the next year but that will mean it’ll be shut to the public from the end of August until the beginning of 2017.

A £4m project has begun to transform Hull’s Ferens Art Gallery in time for the City of Culture.

The gallery will be closed to the public at the end of August, while 2,500 artworks are transferred to a special secure and climate controlled facility.

When it re-opens again in 2017, there’ll be new lighting, humidity and temperature control systems, so the gallery can host major art exhibitions, like the Turner Prize.

Councillor Steven Bayes, Hull City Council Cabinet Member for the UK City of Culture in 2017 and who oversees the work to make Hull a world-class visitor destination, says:

“The renovation of the Ferens is a key part of getting the city ready for its year in the spotlight. At the same time, it is an investment in the gallery’s long-term future that will help to seal its reputation as one of the most important cultural attractions in the North.

“The Ferens’ ability to preserve and present its outstanding permanent collections and to host world-class visiting exhibitions is vital to the plans to grow our visitor economy in 2017 and beyond.”

Council Leader Stephen brady and Chair of the Ferens’ Coporate Trustees, says:

“This is a very exciting time for the Ferens and all of its supporters and regular visitors. Whilst we will miss visiting the gallery over the next year or so, we know this work is vital and that the end result will be well worth the wait. This investment will ensure that the vision of the gallery’s founder and benefactor TR Ferens will be preserved in perpetuity and that this jewel in the crown of Hull’s cultural facilities can be enjoyed by residents and visitors for generations to come.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Chairmas of Hull Culture and Leisure, says:

“Our curatorial team will, of course, be heavily involved in planning for the refurbishment, the permanent collection’s re-display, new commissions and the staging of major exhibitions, including the Turner Prize in 2017. The whole team at the Ferens deserve the highest praise for the great contribution they have made to the gallery’s success to date, and I know they are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to a much improved facility in 2017.”

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Published: Thursday 2nd July 2015 by KCFM

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  • David Hannant

    The Hull city council should give the 4million for Ferens Art Gallery to Humberside fire and Rescue instead, seems ridiculous to me that the government is making 4 million pounds worth of spending cuts to Humberside fire and rescue while the Council is wasting 4 million tarting up an art gallery ! who do we need the most, its a no brainer as far as Im concerned.

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