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Ferens Art Gallery is pleased to announce 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.

Take part in this unique art event and temporarily transform the city streets. Each participant will receive a limited edition print of the installation as a permanent record of involvement. You will only be naked for a short period of time.

Tunick has created over 90 art installations over 20 years in some of the most culturally significant landmarks around the world from the Sydney Opera House to Mexico City. His work challenges preconceived notions of nudity and the culturally charged, often negative, connotations associated with it. This is Spencer Tunick’s first project in Hull.

Registration to participate is now closed. 

Where participants have special requirements such as wheelchair access we would ask that they get in touch with Hull Events Team on helen.thackeray@hullcc.gov.uk or by calling 01482 616204 / 07799887243 in advance and we will endeavour to meet those needs.



Media wishing to attend the installation will require media accreditation. This will provide access to a designated area at the location of the installation. Interviews with Spencer Tunick and participants will be offered once the artwork has been completed. Entry is restricted and by registration only. Please complete and return the accreditation form [.doc] to Anna.marshall@hullcc.gov.uk by Friday 1 July.

This event organised by Hull City Council and Hull Culture and Leisure is supported by Kingston Communications and Future Ferens.

Commissioned by the Ferens Art Gallery with the support of the Ferens Endowment Fund.

Image: © Spencer Tunick, Dead Sea 6, 2011


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Exact arrival time, location and further instructions will be emailed to participants approximately one week before the installation.