Curator James Russell installs Reflection exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery.

Stunning Ferens exhibition takes shape

A new exhibition featuring more than 120 artworks opens at Ferens Art Gallery this weekend

Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change presents a dynamic and diverse vision of Britain and British art, which asks questions about identity and belonging.

Artists in the exhibition include Graham Dean, Elisabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth, David Hockney, Henry Moore, Bridget Riley, Eric Ravilious, Victoria Sin and Gillian Wearing.

Curator James Russell hangs artwork as part of Reflection exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery.

James Russell, curator of reflection, said: “Artists have always played a valuable role in expressing feelings and exploring doubts shared, but not necessarily articulated, by the rest of us.

“Many of the featured artists have found joy in our world, but a few have battled with despair. Whether working in oils, bronze, pencil, collage, watercolour, printmaking or film, each of these artists has the capacity to help us look at the world afresh or to address difficult feelings, to reflect.”

The works are drawn jointly from The Ingram Collection of Modern British and Contemporary Art, and the Ferens collection.

Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy important artworks new to Hull, in conversation with existing highlights from the local collection.

Curator James Russell installs Reflection exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery.

A number of the Ferens works are rarely seen treasures, including watercolours, prints and drawings less often on public display due to their fragility to light.

Councillor Marjorie Brabazon, chair of Hull Culture and Leisure, said: “I’m delighted that the Ferens is able to deliver such a major exhibition as this. The Gallery has had an incredible few years and is now recognised as one of the country’s premier art galleries. It is this reputation that allows us to work with partners like The Ingram Collection to bring such fantastic work to Hull.”

Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change takes place at Ferens Art Gallery from Saturday 17 August to Sunday 5 January next year.

Visitors wanting to find out more about the exhibition can attend a free talk by the curator James Russell on Saturday 17 August at Ferens Art Gallery at 1pm. Free tickets can be booked here.

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