The Prince Of Wales And The Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit City

The Prince Of Wales And The Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit City
The Prince Of Wales And The Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit City

Clarence House has confirmed today that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit on the 8 February as celebrates its year as the UK City of Culture.

The tour will take in visits to the , Holy Trinity Church, the literacy charity First Story at and The Royal Shakespeare Company outreach programme at the Goodwin Development Trust.

The visit to Ferens follows the reopening of the gallery on 13 January 2017 after a £5.2m refurbishment. The rare 14th century masterpiece by Pietro Lorenzetti is now on display within the gallery and a major highlight of the 2017 programme, following a four-year conservation project by the National Gallery.

The Christ between Saints Paul and Peter (c.1320) panel painting was saved for the nation when it was acquired by the Ferens in 2013 and is shown alongside early Italian Renaissance masterpieces on loan from national partners. The gallery has experienced unprecedented visitor figures since reopening, hosting more visitors in the first three days of 2017 than in the entire month of January 2015.

One of the most important regional galleries in England, The Ferens also celebrates in 2017 one hundred years since local philanthropist Thomas Robinson Ferens purchased the plot of land for the gallery.

Other major exhibitions and works to be presented during 2017 include Francis Bacon: Nervous System and works by the internationally-acclaimed sculptor Ron Mueck as part of ARTIST ROOMS on Tour. Rembrandt van Rijn’s ‘The Ship Builder and his Wife’, will be the first ever painting by the artist to visit the city, generously lent by from the Royal Collection Trust.

Their Royal Highnesses will meet the ’s curatorial and learning teams, representatives from Council and team members, volunteers and partners of .

They will also meet representatives of ’s WOW (women of the world) festival team, the Osprey osteoporosis research charity, Children in the Arts, Friends of the Ferens and local artists whose work is being displayed in the Open Exhibition.

Councillor Stephen Brady, Leader, Council said: “We are delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to the city at the start of our year as UK City of Culture and it is great to see that some of the most important local projects in will be recognised during the visit.

“Our staff and volunteers at the Ferens have worked incredibly hard over the last 15 months during the refurbishment and we are hugely honoured that their Royal Highnesses will be coming to the gallery to see for themselves how has one of the finest regional art galleries in the UK.”

, CEO and Director, , said:

“It is wonderful that Hull will be able to welcome their Royal Highnesses in this important year for the city. As well as being an opportunity to see the impact of the council’s investment in the public realm and the I am delighted they will be visiting some of the community based projects that are happening around the city.”







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