Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull

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The Ferens Art Gallery is an art gallery in the English city of Kingston upon Hull. The site and money for the gallery were donated to the city by Thomas Ferens, after whom it is named. The architects were S. N. Cooke and E. C. Davies. Opened in 1927,

it was restored and extended in 1991. The gallery features an extensive array of both permanent collections and roving exhibitions. Among the exhibits is a portrait of an unknown woman by Frans Hals. The building also houses a children's gallery and a popular cafe. The building is now a Grade II listed building.
In 2009, an exhibition and live performance took place at the venue, to help celebrate the 25th anniversary of the opening of The New Adelphi Club, a live music venue less than 2 miles (3 km) north.
In 2013, the gallery acquired a fourteenth-century painting by Pietro Lorenzetti, depicting Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter. The acquisition was jointly funded by the Ferens Endowment Fund, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Art Fund.
In May 2015, it was announced that the gallery would get a £4.5 million makeover to enable it to host the Turner Prize in 2017 as part of the UK City of Culture programme. The gallery reopened on 13 January 2017. On 8 February 2017, Charles, Prince of Wales and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall visited the gallery to view the completed refurbishment.
In January 2018, Hull City Council announced that a record 519,000 visits has been made to the gallery during 2017.
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  • Really good way to spend an hour. Around half of the artworks change regularly, so it's not a case of 'seen that, done it'. You can visit a few times a year and see something new each time. Not...  more »
  • This must be the 5th or 6th time we have been to the Ferens and you always find something new to see on each trip. In terms of Covid-19 you go round the gallery in a clockwise, easily accessible...  more »
  • Lovely selection of paintings, particularly interesting 20th century British art and a fascinating naked man sculpture called 'The Poke' which is extremely lifelike, even down to hairy legs and arms!  more »
  • Always a pleasure to visit. The art gallery keeps on surprising me with the installations it has and the variety it displays. One of Hull's gems that doesn't really get the recognition it deserves. Cafe has decent priced food and the artistic area for children keeps them occupied. Really does cater across the ages.
  • It's a nice place to go to for a little date. It's free to enter and there are some activities and events on from time to time. There is a special room for children to partake in some arts and crafts, and the staff are very friendly and happily indulge in discussions about the displayed art regardless of your knowledge on the topic. Overall a positive experience.
  • I really like the kids section. Great way of getting kids involved and interested in a Art gallery. Cafe is lovely too.
  • Superb gallery. The armature show was just coming to the end of it's run but look out for it next year. It is so nice to see so much room given over to amateurs. The gallery overall is well worth the visit. This was a lucky find as were just passing through as such. Will definitely revisit with more time next time.
  • Today I took my 3 year old granddaughter to the small children's area of the gallery, not a lot on offer and I would suspect that heavy use, like during school holidays, would have parents suspecting that it was a waste of space. But today it was empty with drawing material available as well as building bricks and a couple of other items to keep my granddaughter amused. But of course it is an art gallery after all so keeping a boisterous 3 year old reasonably quiet was no easy job. But for today it was a diversion that during a spell of bad weather, where a park was not an option, provided a welcome alternative.

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