American artist Spencer Tunick and The Ferens’ Curator of Art, Kirsten Simister are just some of the guest speakers invited to take part in a fascinating symposium next month exploring the changing role of the nude in art.
The free event at Ferens Art Gallery on Thursday 10 August at 2pm will provide a forum for reflection especially for those who took part in the hugely successful Sea of Hull installation, that took place on 9 July 2016, when 3,200 people posing nude wearing nothing but blue body paint and officially became the UK’s largest ever nude installation.
The outstanding curator, art historian and Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Dr Nicholas Cullinan, will be in conversation with Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Chair Rosie Millard, discussing the journey from inspiration to creativity on Wednesday 19 July.
Born in Connecticut, U.S. in 1977, Nicholas Cullinan grew up in Yorkshire before studying History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art in London, where he was awarded First Class Honours for his B.A., distinction for his M.A. and where he also gained his PhD.
Thanks to a donation from the Sunday Times art critic through the Friends of the Ferens adopt a painting scheme, the painting of ‘Portrait of a Unknown Musician’ (c.1644) by William Dobson will now go on display.
For a while it was thought that this painting might represent Henry Lawes, Gentleman of the Chapel Royal and a composer in the court of Charles I. But comparison with a painting of Henry, possibly by the artist Lely, has placed this identification in doubt.
The Humber Museums Partnership, a consortium of Hull, East Riding and North Lincolnshire Museums Services, is excited to announce the launch of its latest project – The Humber 250 trail.
The Humber 250 trail takes people on a scenic journey throughout the rich landscapes of Humber region, linking 70 fascinating sites of interest ranging from Museums and Art Galleries, Historic Houses and Gardens, Industrial and Wartime Heritage and Archaeology and Architecture.
Internationally exhibiting Dutch artist Philip Akkerman will visit Ferens Art Gallery on Thursday 1 June to give a masterclass on painting and an informative and entertaining lecture on Dutch painting.
Akkerman, who has works on display at the Ferens Art gallery, paints almost exclusively self-portraits in his own distinctive style will be instructing participants on the secrets of the ‘Old Masters’ in an intimate environment.
Fitmums and Friends, the Hull & East Riding based not-for-profit running club which aims to make sure everyone has equal opportunity to enjoy exercise, are inviting members of the public on a running & walking tour of some of Hull’s most famous City of Culture sights.
Friends of the Ferens, on behalf of Ferens Art Gallery, has today launched a crowd funding campaign to raise money to purchase a further piece of artwork from Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull installation for the city to keep forever.
Three of the unique Sea of Hull photographs have now joined the gallery’s permanent collection as part of the original commission and the Ferens has been offered the opportunity to add a fourth as a reminder of that unique day in Hull on 9 July 2016 which made worldwide headlines.
An established partnership between Ferens Art Gallery and the Royal Collection Trust will bring a total of five exceptional loans from Windsor Castle and Buckingham Palace to Hull between 2017 and 2021 as part of Masterpieces in Focus.
Rembrandt van Rijn’s The Shipbuilder and his Wife (1633) complements Hull’s maritime heritage, the gallery’s strength in Dutch 17th century art and the latest exhibition of contemporary art on display:
The Leader of Hull City Council, Councillor Steve Brady, is preparing to present his Budget Statement for the 2017/18 financial year.
The proposals, which will be presented to Finance & Value for Money Overview and Scrutiny (17 February) meeting, Cabinet (20 February) and Full Council (23 February), set out the suggested plan for the budget in 2017/18, the financial plan for the next three years and proposals to raise Council Tax by 1.99% to help fund Council Services plus a further 3% to help fund Adult Social Care costs in line with the additional powers to do so by the Government .
Clarence House has confirmed today that The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit Hull on the 8 February as Hull celebrates its year as the UK City of Culture.
The tour will take in visits to the Ferens Art Gallery, Holy Trinity Church, the literacy charity First Story at The Deep and The Royal Shakespeare Company outreach programme at the Goodwin Development Trust.