The 2019 Open Exhibition

2019 Open Exhibition celebrates incredible local talent

It’s one of the highlights of the Ferens’ calendar, hundreds of local artists all displaying their talents at one of the region’s premier art galleries – and this year’s exhibition doesn’t disappoint.

321 artworks were chosen this year from more than 1,000 entries by a high-profile panel of judges consisting of Senior Curator at Humber Street Gallery, Hull, John Heffernan, BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones, and Visual Artist Ian McKeever RA.

As ever, the annual exhibition offers variety, diversity and, above all else, talent. This year’s fascinating array of artwork includes impressive paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles, film and jewellery produced by local amateur and professional artists.

Artists Gary Saunt and Clare Holdstock pictured with their artworks

The exhibition opened on Saturday after this year’s were announced on the eve of the open.

2019 Open Exhibition Prize Winners

Friends Prize
3rd Prize Daniel Mitchell, Toll Gavel, Beverley, Acrylic (Cat No 45, Gallery 4)

2nd Prize Hannah Billingham, Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Forty-Four, Ceramic (Cat No 113, Gallery 4)

1st Prize Sabine Jeanne Bieli, Blue Moon, Mixed Media (Cat No 241, Gallery 8)

Student Prize
Holly Oetegenn, Young Activism, Photograph (Cat No 74, Gallery 4)

HCAL Chair Prize
Liam Dunne, Self-Reflection, Oil Painting (Cat No.18, Gallery 4)


The annual event remains central to the Ferens commitment to supporting and developing local artistic talent.

Artworks in the Open Exhibition can be purchased throughout the duration of the exhibition. A catalogue for £2.50 is available from the gallery.

A selection of this year’s Open Exhibition

Claire Longrigg, exhibitions officer at Ferens Art Gallery, said: “This is a captivating exhibition that explores people’s interpretation of art, offering a unique opportunity to display their submissions alongside world renowned artwork.

“It is fantastic for Hull that we have an annual exhibition to showcase the exceptional local and regional talent. The exhibition is always hugely successful.”

This free exhibition runs until Sunday 14 April at Ferens Art Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm.