Monday, 19 August 2019

'Reflection' gets FOUR STARS in The Observer!

John Armstrong, Study for The City, 1952 (Ingram Collection)
After two years of planning and a hectic week hanging 130 assorted paintings, sculptures, works on paper, etc, my exhibition 'Reflection' opened at Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, on Saturday. Subtitled 'British Art in an Age of Change' it brings together 20th and 21st century artworks from the Ingram Collection and the Ferens permanent collection.

Despite being held 200 miles from London the exhibition has had some astonishing press over the weekend. On Saturday it was reviewed in The Financial Times, and was Exhibition of the Week in The Times and The Daily Telegraph, with a 'Don't Miss!' mention in The Guardian. The Sunday Telegraph also awarded it Exhibition of the Week, then Rachel Cooke wrote a generous and thoughtful review in The Observer. The Yorkshire Post featured the show on its front page last Thursday.

Like all regional art institutions, Ferens Art Gallery faces considerable financial pressure at the moment. It doesn't charge an entry fee, even for special exhibitions, and to secure public funding needs as many people as possible to visit. That's why reviews/mentions in the press are so important. The show's open until January so if you're interested and you're able to get to Hull please go along and have a look.

There are some great pubs nearby, by the way, including The Minerva (overlooking the Humber) and The Whalebone (near the city's Banksy) - just in case you need an added incentive.

'Reflection: British Art in an Age of Change' is at Ferens Art Gallery until January 2020.