Check out region's artistic talent at Ferens Art Gallery

The 52nd annual Open Exhibition, which celebrates some of the best artistic talent in the region, opens at Ferens Art Gallery on Saturday 2 February.

More than 300 artworks have been selected by a high-profile panel of judges consisting of Senior Curator at Humber Street Gallery John Heffernan, BBC Arts Correspondent Rebecca Jones, and Visual Artist Ian McKeever RA, who recently had an exhibition of his work on display at the Gallery.

This year’s fascinating array of artwork includes impressive paintings, sculptures, photography, ceramics, textiles, film and jewellery produced by local amateur and professional artists. These highlight the contribution and quality of creativity in Hull and the surrounding area.

Claire Longrigg, exhibitions officer at Ferens Art Gallery, said: "This is a captivating exhibition that explores people's interpretation of art, offering a unique opportunity to display their submissions alongside world renowned artwork.

"It is fantastic for Hull that we have an annual exhibition to showcase the exceptional local and regional talent. The exhibition is always hugely successful.”

The annual event remains central to the Ferens' commitment to supporting and developing local artistic talent.

Artworks in the Open Exhibition can be purchased throughout the duration of the exhibition. A catalogue for £2.50 is available from the gallery.

The 2019 exhibition includes a striking work by local artist Clare Holdstock, Air Pockets in Assorted Colours, Jesmonite casts of inflatable pillows.

Clare creates abstract interpretations of often mundane objects, exploring their textures and subverting their transience by making them permanent.

Also included in the exhibition are works from artist Gary Saunt, who creates complex digital works incorporating a variety of local scenes and everyday objects. 

Prize winners will be announced at a private event on Friday 1 February. The prizes have been provided by sponsors the Friends of the Ferens and local business BSB Architecture.

This free exhibition runs until Sunday 14 April at Ferens Art Gallery. The Gallery is open Monday to Saturday 10am to 4.30pm and Sundays 11am – 4pm.

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