Art in Hull. Not a phrase you hear very often. Or at least it wasn’t before 2017. The City of Culture year has seen Hull become a centre for the arts.
Which is cool. And a big kick in the wotsits for those who assume the place is an artistic backwater.
Far from it. There is art bursting out all over the place. Including the biggest prize of them all.
The Turner Prize 2017 has come to Hull. Now who would have thought that possible?
And the good news is there are no dirty beds, sharks in formaldehyde or elephant dung in sight. Thankfully.
But some will still wonder about this year’s finalists.
Those who think art is some bloke with a pointy beard and half an ear slapping some paint onto a canvas will need to adjust their thinking a little.
In other words philistines like me.
What on earth is the Turner Prize?
You will have heard of it. Even if you don’t know the name you have read or seen stories about its controversial exhibits. The aforementioned dirty bed for example.
The yearly prize exists to promote contemporary British art. To be eligible artists must be born or working in the UK.
Four artists are shortlisted for the prize. And their work publicly exhibited.
Every other year the event heads to the sticks. Much to London’s annoyance.
The Turner Prize 2017 is in Hull. Yay.
Cool. Where can I see this wondrous art?
Get yourself down to the newly renovated Ferens Art Gallery in Hull. It’s smack in the middle of the city so you can’t miss it. Just find Queen Victoria’s statue and look right. Or left. Depending on which way you’re coming from.
When you get to the Ferens you’ll find plenty to see including work by the four Turner Prize 2017 finalists.
Hurvin Anderson is a Brummie who studied at the Royal College of Art, London. So the British art scene certainly inspired him. Anderson is exhibiting a number of paintings.
Rosalind Nashashibi is from Croydon and works in film. She is exhibiting two of her works at the Ferens.
Andrea Buttner is from Stuttgart and works in London. Andrea’s entry for the Turner Prize is a selection of paintings, etchings, and prints.
Lubaina Himid is from Tanzania. Lubaina is a professor of contemporary art at the University of Central Lancashire. She is exhibiting four pieces of work including paintings and ceramics.
The Turner Prize 2017 exhibition runs until January 2018. And you’ve no excuse for not having a look. Admission is free.
Visiting Hull to take in the Turner Prize? Why not combine business with pleasure? Look me up and we can talk marketing and copywriting.