1. ITV Report

More than 40,000 people flock to Ferens Art Gallery

Over 40,000 people have visited Ferens Art Gallery in Hull in the first two weeks of its reopening.

Since opening to the public on Friday 13 January, after its major refurbishment, the gallery has welcomed 10 times more visitors to the gallery compared to same period in 2015. This 1000 per cent increase in numbers is unprecedented in the history of the gallery even following its extensive extension and refurbishment in 1992.

The gallery is celebrating 100 years since Thomas Robinson Ferens purchased the plot of land on which the building now stands.

For the first time the Christ between Saints Paul and Peter (c.1320), a rare 14th-century panel painting by Pietro Lorenzetti is on display, following a four-year conservation project at the National Gallery. It is being shown alongside early Italian Renaissance masterpieces on loan from national partners as part of the ‘Siena to Hull: a masterpiece revealed’.

The striking Francis Bacon; Nervous System exhibition including five notorious ‘Screaming Popes’ and his recognised masterpiece Head VI (1949) have joined the gallery’s permanent collection and will be on display until 1 May 2017.

These amazing visitor numbers have completely blown the gallery team away. We are thrilled that the programme and collection redisplay are attracting so many people to the gallery. The new children’s gallery is also encouraging more families to explore and enjoy the gallery. There is so much more planned for the year and we are really excited for what is to come in 2017 and beyond.”

– Kirsten Simister, Curator of Art