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“A Fine Art Collection”
Review of Ferens Art Gallery

Ferens Art Gallery
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: THE FERENS ART GALLERY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED FOR MAJOR REFURBISHMENT AND WILL REOPEN EARLY 2017. Opened in 1927, the award winning Ferens Art Gallery combines internationally renowned permanent collections with a thriving programme of temporary exhibitions. We also run a lively 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.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / elevator
York, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
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“A Fine Art Collection”
Reviewed March 28, 2012

The Ferens Art Gallery, located in the very centre of the city, was a gift from industrialist and member of parliament Thomas Ferens in the 1920s. The collection is varied but of a very high standard, featuring Italian, Dutch and English painters in the main, including Canaletto, Hals, Stubbs and Constable. A particular favourite is Lady Butler's Inkerman, a moving portrayal of the aftermath of the battle. Local artists also feature, including David Hockney and Beverley's Frederic Elwell.
Upstairs are rooms devoted to other local artists with an emphasis on Hull's maritime history.
The gallery has an excellent cafe serving light meals.
And, of course, like most British public galleries, entrance is free.

Visited March 2012
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Otley, United Kingdom
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168 reviews
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“Excellent small gallery”
Reviewed September 7, 2011

We visited recently to see the visiting Hockney exhibition. Ferens is an great municipal gallery with a broad spectrum of work on display, from old masters to contemporary works. There is a great room dedicated to Hull over the centuries which the teenager we had dragged along found interesting and engaging. I have heard good reports about the cafe, but it was closed when we visited on a Sunday afternoon. It is a place you can spend an hour or more in. Pleasant, well stocked shop.

Visited August 2011
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Kingston-upon-Hull, United Kingdom
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“Great art gallery!”
Reviewed August 24, 2011

This is a fab gallery the recent Hockney exibihition was fab! And the annual exhibition of local and amateur artists is always a treat!

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Hull
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“It's free and worth a visit”
Reviewed August 9, 2011

The Feren's is a free, council owned gallery with a good mix of old master style paintings and more modern works, with changing exhibitions in a couple of the rooms. If you are visiting Hull, it is worth popping in for a look around. The cafe is supposed to be good, but I haven't used it myself.

Visited July 2011
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Brighton, United Kingdom
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“This is a fabulous asset to Kingston on HULL”
Reviewed July 21, 2011

Do go to visit this Gallery. Opens at 10.00. We saw the David Hockney in the company of about 20 others...... and all at no charge. Wonderful wonderful painting and not just its size........how fantastic it is being shown until September at this lovely modest Gallery.
But the whole collection at the Gallery is worth more than an hour of your time.
The whole city centre is a revalation...... congratulations to Hull City Council. The whole area is great and is obviously well looked after.
Wish more businesses would relocate to your city.

Visited July 2011
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