Brick by Brick comes to the Ferens Art Gallery this month. Photo: Samsofy, The Great Eggscape

Brick by Brick LEGO exhibition comes to Hull

A LEGO® exhibition Brick by Brick International LEGO® Brick Art is coming to the Ferens Art Gallery this month.

The Brick by Brick exhibition gathers the work of 18 artists, designers and photographers from around the world who use LEGO® bricks as their medium or inspiration. Using this simple plastic construction block as their starting point, they have created stunning, thought provoking and often humorous artworks which will appeal to art enthusiasts and LEGO® fans alike.

Toronto based artist Ekow Nimako, began using LEGO® bricks in his professional practice in 2014 and has since cultivated a unique approach to sculpting this iconic medium. Comprised of black bricks only, Nimako will be exhibiting five captivating artworks, which reference mythology and West African proverbs.

Brazilian photographer Valentino Fialdini has created photographs which show a set of empty rooms and corridors. Using specialist photography and lighting techniques, Fialdini tricks the viewer’s eye in to thinking that these miniature LEGO® rooms are life-sized.

‘Eat My Bricks’ is a collaboration between German artists Michael Feindura and Soeren Grochau who use LEGO® mini-figures to create large scale, humorous photographs, often with social and political commentary at their heart.

Inspired by the wide range of artworks on show, a LEGO® graffiti wall, build tables and a selection of LEGO® books will give visitors the opportunity to try their hand at creating their own construction brick artwork.

Participating artists are: The Little Artists, David Hughes, David Turner, Jason Freeny, Ekow Nimako, Janet Curley Cannon, Hannah Gibson, Cole Blaq, Little Big Art, Zino, Eat My Bricks, Samsofy, Michael Brennand-Wood, James Paterson, Valentino Fialdini, Agabag, AME 72 and Jonathan Rolph.

Claire Longrigg, Exhibitions Officer at Hull Culture and Leisure said: “LEGO® bricks are hugely popular with all ages. This exhibition will appeal to art enthusiasts and LEGO® fans alike. We have planned an exciting family programme of events inspired by the exhibition, and Hannah Gibson is giving an artist talk next month.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of linked events, starting with a special family launch event from 10am – 2pm on Saturday 28 May. The launch will allow visitors to see the exhibition, try the Mini Figure safari trail, enjoy LEGO® inspired craft activities, meet LEGO® costume characters, and take part in one of the free Bricks McGee LEGO® workshops.

Details of all the events can be found on the website.

The exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery will run until Sunday 11 September and is free to attend. The gallery is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays from 11am to 4pm.

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