Ferens gallery boasts record figures

More than half a million visit Hull art exhibitions

Hull City Council has reported record visitor figures to its flagship Ferens art gallery.

Last year, more than 519,000 visits were recorded, the highest in the gallery's 90-year history. The last comparable figures was in 2014, when 140,000 people visited the gallery, before it closed the following year for a £5.2m renovation.

During Hull’s year as UK City of Culture, the Ferens hosted the Turner Prize and a series of other major exhibitions. The Turner Prize exhibition was the second most popular one held outside of London, with more than 116,0000 visitors between September and December.

CllrTerry Geraghty, who is in charge of culture at the council, said the visitor numbers had "exceeded all our expectations".

Other exhibitions showed work by Francis Bacon, Rembrandt and and Lucian Freud as well as a specially commissioned piece by Spencer Tunick, Sea of Hull. Which involved photographing 3,200 naked people at sites around the city.

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