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Ferens Favourites

On 23rd March 2020 in Hull, the Ferens Art Gallery’s doors closed to the public. As they reopen, they would like to find out what their collection means to you. If there’s a painting that touches your heart or brings a smile to your face, then they’d love to hear about it. Your choice will be included in an online display, and may also be selected for a major celebratory exhibition of Hull’s best loved paintings later this year.

Ferens Favourites will be an exhibition of the paintings you love, chosen by you. Ferens invite you to explore the paintings in our collection and share your favourite with them.

To help you decide, we’ve added the Ferens Art Gallery’s audio-descriptive guide at the bottom of this page. You can also browse the Ferens Art Gallery’s works on the Art UK website. However, these are not audio-described.

To take part you simply need to tell Ferens about your favourite painting and why you chose it.

There are endless reasons to love a painting. Here are some questions to start thinking about yours.

  • Is it a painting that inspires or moves you?
  • Or makes you laugh out loud?
  • Is it a painting you’ve seen many times?
  • Or one you’ve just laid eyes on for the first time?
  • Does it help you see the world afresh?

Download a free Ferens Favourites entry pack

Need some ideas? Download Ferens Favourites – choosing your artwork

Feeling inspired by your chosen painting? You can enter creative responses such as poetry, stories, songs, or even your own artwork. Download Ferens Favourites – write a poem or Re-create your Ferens Favourite Activity

For an Easy Read version, download Easy Read Ferens Favourites.

Entries should be under 150 words or under 1 minute of sound or video recording.

Use the online submission form  or post your entries to:

Ferens Favourites
Ferens Art Gallery
Queen Victoria Square

email [email protected] with Ferens Favourites in the subject line.

A video below presents Ferens Favourites. A transcript is available in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page.

Image: The Lion at Home by Rosa Bonheur (1822–1899) Photo Credit: Ferens Art Gallery

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