The Minister of State for Culture and the Digital Economy, Ed Vaizey was in Hull this week and visited our site at Ferens Art Gallery to see first-hand the progress made on this challenging 42 week refurbishment project.
Whilst in Hull he launched the Great Exhibition of the North and was interviewed on site by camera crews from BBC Look North, Channel 4 News, ITV Calendar News and also BBC Radio Humberside.
The Minister was able to view work now under way constructing the extension to the rear of the Gallery to increase the size of the cafe as well as the ongoing major overhaul of existing lighting and temperature control systems.
An internal glazed 'environmental control draught lobby' and new glass doors will also be added and means the gallery will be ready to attract the very best in national and international exhibitions including the world-renowned Turner Prize.
Ferens Art Gallery has also recently announced a site specific commission by Spencer Tunick. The internationally renowned New York based artist will gather hundreds of naked people to take part in a series of photographic installations in the city centre on 9 July 2016.
In response to Hull’s maritime history Tunick’s participants will wear body paint to reference the colours of the sea found in the Ferens Art Gallery’s paintings. Sea of Hull will be presented at the gallery in 2017, during the UK City of Culture year.