Our partnership with the Ferens draws upon a shared history of industrial heritage and philanthropy, which is explored during the Courtauld National programme through a series of significant loans and collaborations with local volunteers, young people and schools.
The Ferens Art Gallery is an ambitious and forward-looking institution, which originally opened in 1927 in a handsome civic building, whose prominent site reflects its ongoing role in the life of the city. Its collection of some 2,500 works ranges chiefly from the 16th century to the present day and includes a noted group of Old Master paintings, positioning it as one of the most important regional galleries in England.
In 2017 The Courtauld was proud to support the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull during the city’s historic tenure as UK City of Culture with a major partnership loan of Edouard Manet’s seminal Dejeuner sur l’Herbe. The loan was on display at The Ferens from 22 April – 13 August, as part of the temporary exhibition SKIN; the inaugural major exhibition to be hosted at the gallery following its £4.5 million refurbishment.
Following the success of the collaboration in 2017, from 2 June – 9 September 2018 The Ferens in Hull hosted Cézanne Card Players: A Masterwork from The Courtauld Gallery, London. The Cézanne loan was accompanied by an extensive display of nineteenth and early twentieth century art drawn from the Ferens permanent collection exploring related themes of peasants and rural life, including a number of rarely seen watercolours and prints as well as visitor favourites.
Simon Green, the Director of Cultural Services at Hull Culture and Leisure Ltd summed up some of the benefits for the Ferens:
‘Put simply working with the Courtauld Gallery was one of those transformational moments in the life of the Ferens Art Gallery when world class artworks were seen by a local audience right on their doorstep. Profile, public and media interest and most importantly civic pride all followed’
We hope to build on this in the next year as we develop plans to work with local young people to devise a new exhibition drawing on the Courtauld collection to open at the Ferens in autumn 2020.
You can find out more about the Ferens and the project in Hull by visiting their website or getting in touch:
T: 01482 300300