Ferens Art Gallery

Humber Museums Partnership - Ferens Art Gallery

The Ferens Art Gallery’s collection of painting and sculpture spans artistic periods from medieval times to the present day. The collection includes European Old Masters, portraiture, marine paintings, and modern and contemporary British art.


Highlights of the gallery include masterpieces by Frans Hals, Antonio Canaletto, Stanley Spencer, David Hockney, Helen Chadwick, and Gillian Wearing. The Ferens mounts a regularly changing programme of historic and contemporary art exhibitions both touring and collections’ based in its three large temporary exhibition spaces. The popular annual Open and Junior Open exhibitions provide an opportunity for local amateur and professional artists to show work. Temporary exhibitions have included David Hockney: Bigger Trees Near Warter (2011), Andy Warhol ARTIST ROOMS On Tour with the Art Fund (2012), Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, from the Royal Collection (2012) and Martin Creed ARTIST ROOMS On tour (2013).

Opening Times

  • Monday: 10am to 5pm
  • Tuesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Wednesday: 10am to 5pm
  • Thursday: 10am to 5pm
  • Friday: 10am to 5pm
  • Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Sunday: 11am to 4.30pm

Last admission to the gallery is 30 minutes before closing time.

Admission to the Ferens Art Gallery is free.

There is a Gift Shop and a Café on site.

For information on accessibility please contact us or visit our website.


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Time Troopers: Ollie the Owl - 9th June 2018


Make your own feathery Ollie the owl.   Time Troopers is a free, family friendly event that takes place across our museums on the 2nd Saturday of the month. Using our collections as inspiration we create fun craft activities for the whole family to enjoy.   Free, drop in.

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Clangers, Bagpuss & Co - 12th May 2018


Come and meet Bagpuss, see the Soup Dragon and behold Noggin the Nog. Oliver Postgate’s voice and Peter Firmin’s puppets shaped the childhood memories of millions since they started collaborating in the 1950s. As well as telling the story of Bagpuss and The Clangers, the exhibition will go behind the scenes …

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Masterpieces in Focus from the Royal Collection - 28th April 2018


An ongoing partnership with Royal Collection Trust brings the first ever masterpiece by Sir Anthony van Dyck to Hull. The Triple portrait of Charles I, 1635 – 1636, portrays the king seen from three viewpoints. Each portrait is painted with different patterned lace collars and coloured clothing. The unusual format …

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Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz - 30th June 2018


Portrait of the Artist: Käthe Kollwitz features 36 works from the British Museum’s collection, and two works from a private lender. The exhibition explores the work of Kollwitz through her self-portraits and portraits of working women, demonstrating her unique artistic talent, her technical prowess and intelligence, and above all, her humanity. …