27 Mar 2018

Hull 2017 volunteers curate Ferens Art Gallery exhibition

After a whirlwind 2017 spent welcoming visitors to the city, our volunteers are already getting stuck into 2018’s cultural offering.

Eight Hull 2017 volunteers have been given a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to co-curate an exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery. A Silent Conversation: Lorenzetti and the Ferens’ Collection will be exhibited throughout the year at the gallery, using the Pietro Lorenzetti masterpiece Christ Between Saints Paul and Peter as a starting point and exploring links between the piece and the work of other artists in the Ferens.

The exhibition contains a short film highlighting the volunteers’ experiences developing A Silent Conversation and an exciting gallery trail which takes visitors around the exhibition and downstairs to Gallery 1, where Lorenzetti’s work is currently located. A large, blown-up graphic panel of Lorenzetti’s masterpiece is at the centre of the exhibition, allowing visitors to study its detail. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of gallery tours that will be advertised on social media.

Two of the volunteer curators, Janet Adamson and Cynthia Hamlin, said they had enjoyed being part of the exhibition.

Janet said, “2017 has given us such great opportunities to do different, to see different and to be different.  However, to be one of only eight in this project, I feel that we have been part of something very special and I value what I have gained hugely.

Cynthia added, “I enjoyed every moment of the project but specifically learning about the process of curating an exhibition. I also valued giving much more thought to the Lorenzetti painting, and its place in art history.”

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Hull City Council cabinet portfolio holder for leisure and tourism, said, “Over the past few months we have talked a lot about the legacy of City of Culture but this exhibition shows that it is already having an effect.

“The volunteers were the foundation of all of the fantastic things we achieved last year and to see a group of volunteers curate their own art exhibition, in the magnificent Ferens Art Gallery that last year hosted world class art exhibitions like the Turner Prize and SKIN, speaks volumes about the talent in Hull and the impact and legacy of City of Culture.”

The Ferens Art Gallery is open from 10am until 5pm Monday to Saturday, and 11am until 4pm on a Sunday.

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