Turner Prize nominee joins Ferens’ 2018 Open Exhibition judging panel

Turner Prize nominee – Hurvin Anderson, Chair of UK City of Culture – Rosie Millard and Deputy Head of The Courtauld Gallery and Daniel Katz Curator of 20th Century Art – Barnaby Wright will join the selection panel for Hull’s 2018 Open Exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery.

This high profile line-up has been chosen from across the multiple arts sector disciplines, boasting a wealth of experience and expertise within the arts. The panel will come together to consider entries to the exhibition and choose the works that will be displayed in the 2018 Open Exhibition. Chosen artworks will be on display from Saturday 17 February until Sunday 22 April 2018. This popular exhibition will be the first of the year’s new programming following the Turner Prize.

Hurvin Anderson, shortlisted artist for the Turner Prize 2017, said: “The gallery has been a fantastic host to this year’s Turner Prize and is an excellent place to display art. This is a brilliant opportunity for artists to showcase their work in an outstanding gallery alongside international artists. I’m delighted to be part of the panel and am looking forward to seeing what I’m sure will be a fantastic and varied selection of artists.”

The Ferens Art Gallery, which is accepting online submissions for its 2018 Open Exhibition, has welcomed record visitor numbers in 2017, during Hull’s reign as UK City of Culture and is urging people to get creative and submit their work.

All UK artists aged 16 or above can enter and are eligible to submit up to three pieces of work for consideration between until Sunday 12 November using an online application form. Works will then be selected by the specialist panel of judges on Tuesday 12 December. All applicants will be notified shortly afterwards by email.

This is a unique opportunity for artists to show their work alongside internationally significant examples from the Ferens permanent collection, such as Pietro Lorenzetti’s panel painting of Christ between Saints Paul and Peter, c.1320 and the final photographs of the Sea of Hull installation by Spencer Tunick.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “The annual Open Exhibition at the Ferens Art Gallery has celebrated the creativity of local amateur and professional artists since 1967 and it is important that we offer this regular opportunity to showcase exceptional local and regional talent.
“The diversity of the content and of the artists’ who submit work for the Open is its hallmark and I would urge local artists to get creative and have a go.”

Kirsten Simister, Curator of Art at Ferens Art Gallery, said: “We are delighted to have such a vast range of art expertise and experience on the panel. With over 1,700 submissions and 331 works on display, we had an incredible response to the 2017 Open Exhibition and I am confident 2018 will be just as good.

“The Open Exhibition draws thousands of visitors each year and is a major highlight of the gallery’s programme. We are looking forward to receiving submissions from not only well-established artists but new and emerging talent, to create an exciting and thought-provoking exhibition.”

Rosie Millard, Chair of UK City of Culture 2017 and panel member, said: “The visual art displayed across Hull this year has been world-class. Next year’s Open Exhibition will give artists not only the opportunity to display their work alongside internationally renowned names, but also in what is now regarded as one of the nation’s premier art spaces, just weeks after it hosts the internationally recognised Turner Prize 2017. Furthermore, to have one of the 2017 Turner nominees, Hurvin Anderson, on the panel is fantastic; to have your art selected by such a celebrated creative will be an honour.

“I feel deeply privileged to be on the jury for the Open Exhibition and am looking forward hugely to the process.”

Prizes are on offer for the chosen works, which have been kindly donated by Friends of the Ferens and BSB Architecture, they include:
• Friends of the Ferens Award: Awards of 1st prize £250, 2nd Prize £150 and 3rd Prize £100. The winners will be selected by the Friends of the Ferens Board.
• Student Award: £150 will go to the best student entry and will be chosen by local company BSB Architecture.
• Council Cup Award: £100 prize selected by Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure.

It costs £5 to submit each piece of work and the work must have been created within the last 12 months. Only successful artists will be required to deliver their artwork to the gallery and will be notified by email once the judges have made their selection.

All artists will be notified of the selector’s decision by email and will be asked to deliver the artwork to the gallery from Saturday 27 January – Sunday 4 February 2018. For more information visit www.hull.gov.uk/resident/culture/ferens-art-gallery-open-exhibition-2018