Ferens reopens with newly displayed gallery four

Ferens Art Gallery has reopened today with a complete re-hang in gallery four showcasing world renowned works from the permanent collection, spanning the 19th to 21st century.

Last week’s closure enabled the gallery to prepare for the Turner Prize and re-hang some of the gallery’s most recognised work as well as Francis Bacon’s ‘Head VI’, on a year-long loan from the Arts Council Collection. This work is part of a small display dedicated the School of London, a group of artists who were producing figurative works in the latter half of the 20th century.

The Victorian and Edwardian collection, which is now on display in traditional salon style, floor to ceiling, ensures as many works as possible can be seen by visitors during The Turner Prize exhibition. The earliest work dates from around 1829, the latest 2003, allowing a rare opportunity to see how western art has changed over the past 200 years.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Tourism and Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure Limited, said: “The curators and technicians have worked incredibly hard to prepare the gallery for the most prestigious exhibition the Ferens will host and this is a unique opportunity for us. It is really important for the gallery to continue to show some of its recognised work, displayed in a different way for residents and visitors alike to enjoy.”

The Turner Prize will be on display between Tuesday 26 September and Sunday 7 January 2018. Hull will be the fifth city outside London to host the prize which has previously been shown in Liverpool, Gateshead, Derry and Glasgow.