Ferens Art Gallery

Ferens Art Gallery, Kingston-upon-Hull: Hours, Address, Ferens Art Gallery Reviews: 4.5/5

Ferens Art Gallery
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Sunday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Ferens Art Gallery re-opened to the public on Friday 13 January 2017 following its £5.1m refurbishment, celebrating the start of Hull's year as UK City of Culture. Opened in 1927, the award winning Ferens Art Gallery combines internationally renowned permanent collections with a thriving programme of temporary exhibitions. The Gallery has a varied education and events programme that includes tours, talks and art workshops. The gallery's first-class permanent collection of paintings and sculpture spans the medieval period to the present day. These include European Old Masters, particularly Dutch and Flemish, portraiture, marine paintings, modern and contemporary British art, including video. Highlights include masterpieces by Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick and Gillian Wearing.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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OliviaSays
46 contributions
Fab gallery
May 2021
Beautiful and varied collection. Its a shame there is only an hour in which to look around at the moment, as its not enough time to fully take everything in. A very enjoyable experience nonetheless. I particularly enjoyed the Dutch gallery.
Written May 29, 2021
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EPJW
11 contributions
Good place to visit!
May 2021
Well worth a visit, well laid out and very helpful staff. Lots to see in many rooms with the best being the Canaletto! Good shop. Cafe and toilets.
Written May 26, 2021
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K B
22 contributions
Ferens
Feb 2020
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 many activities for kids within, but it is interesting. Mainly paintings, but a few sculptures. Cafe available at the back which has waterfront seating during hot weather. Reasonably priced with a fair selection of foods and drinks available.
Written October 8, 2020
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SimonGodley
York, UK26 contributions
Excellent experience
Oct 2020 • Couples
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 direction. The staff are always courteous and helpful without being intrusive
Written October 5, 2020
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Maisie2222
Leyland, UK17 contributions
Small but a gem
Sep 2020
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!
Written September 22, 2020
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caropl
Chester, UK53 contributions
Open during Covid : support Art!
Sep 2020 • Couples
This is a Good quality representative collection of mostly British art from late Tudor to now, largely of not-quite-top players, (hence 4 blobs!) with a few stars: small Constable, a Canaletto: some dutch painters of note. It was largely put together by the philanthropic Victorian donor after whom the gallery is named, and the omissions of much preRaphaelite and the impressionists is down to his taste at the time. It is strong on 1920s &30’s and more modern buying continues.

I enjoyed this visit; in my disabled buggy I was welcomed and helped all round, which is not always the case! Good accessible loo. The place was empty apart from staff; do not be put off by the Covid requirement to book: it can be done up to 15 mins. prior, risking that the few places have been taken. It is still free, and very careful attention is paid to precautions. Thank you Hull Council Arts department!

Sadly the cafe is not open as I write but the staff hope soon. The route is prescriptive, arranged by age of painting, which I did not find difficult, and you only have an hour. But with no crowds, this isn’t too much of an imposition. The main thing is to enjoy the art and support the gallery and the helpful friendly staff by going, so it can’t be sacrificed on the altar of Covid cuts!

Sadly the Maritime Museum opposite is shut for3 years for refurbishment.
Written September 15, 2020
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Steve B
Nottingham, UK191 contributions
Well set out
Sep 2020 • Couples
Unfortunately we visited during the Covid-19 pandemic so we're only allowed one hour. We are not the biggest fans of art galleries but enjoyed this one. There are good explanations by each artwork. There was at least one upper floor but this was closed due to social distancing. One portrait we loved was called 'By the Hills' by Gerald Brockhurst.
Written September 14, 2020
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Pippa Catterall
London, UK34 contributions
Officiously awful
Aug 2020 • Couples
At present you can only visit this gallery for one hour, one room was closed because of overnight rain and another had a steady drip to avoid. There were more staff than visitors today and they still chivvied us out with three paintings to go in the final room, even though there were only two other people in the place. The art itself could be better arranged, though the interpretation of individual pieces was good. The objective of the collection was far from clear as you move from mostly minor early modern Dutch artists to the modern and contemporary. Although some themes - such as portraiture - suggest themselves given the number of striking examples of this genre, there’s no attempt to explore these. All in all this is a disappointingly pedestrian presentation of art in a gallery where officious and under-occupied staff/volunteers further detracted from the experience.
Written August 13, 2020
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Chris_M1234321
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK64 contributions
Fantastic and free
Jul 2020
Definitely recommend, booked in advance due to Covid so numbers limited. Great works of art, lovely addition to Hull. Only issue was that only 4 people were allowed in the smaller galleries due to social distancing, but there were 4 staff plus 4 visitors allowed in much smaller reception area when we arrived?
Written July 27, 2020
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John
Kingston-upon-Hull, UK7 contributions
Bland slapdash and boring
Jun 2019
Had a fish finger sandwich and it was cold, bland, dry, cheap frozen fish and was served in a cheap burger bun with no butter and one piece of lettuce. My friend had a veg soup which was bland and Luke warm. He asked if the soup was fresh and the server said it is from a packet. The coffee is bitter. The staff seem to be stressed and lacking in manners and confidence.
Written May 23, 2020
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