Hull gallery to shut ahead of Turner Prize

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Published: Saturday 4th July 2015 by The News Editor

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A popular Hull art gallery is to shut next month in preparation for staging the 2017 Turner Prize.

Ferens’ closure from August 31 to early 2017 is to facilitate a £4.5 million upgrade needed to host the iconic visual art competition.

The venue was awarded the prestigious event to coincide with Hull’s year as City of Culture.

Steven Bayes, a Hull city councillor, says improvements will make the gallery fit to stage “world-class” travelling exhibitions. Fresh humidity, temperature and lighting control systems are among the upgrades to be installed.

The council says work has begun to transport 2,500 artworks to a special storage facility benefiting from climate control.

The renovation project is being jointly funded by the Arts Council England, Hull City Council and HM Treasury.

Cllr Bayes added that the investment in Ferens’ long-term future should help to cement its place as one of the North’s key cultural attractions.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Saturday 4th July 2015 by The News Editor

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