The University of Hull’s Art Collection has reopened in a bigger and better gallery on the ground floor of the Brynmor Jones Library and is now open seven days a week 10.00 am to 5.00 pm (and late opening until 7.00 pm on Tuesdays, closed on Bank Holidays and between Christmas and New Year). Admission is free.
The stunning works that make up the University of Hull Art Collection are being displayed in a new home, designed to make them more accessible for all.
The University Art Collection comprises paintings and sculptures dating from between 1890 and 1940, including works by renowned artists, including Walter Sickert, Lucien Pissarro, Augustus John, Stanley Spencer, Wyndham Lewis and Ben Nicholson as well as sculpture by Jacob Epstein, Eric Gill, Henri Gaudier-Brzeska and Henry Moore. The Camden Town Group and Bloomsbury artists are particularly well represented. Recent weeks have seen the delicate process of positioning the works in their new location – a purpose-built gallery in the multi-million pound Brynmor Jones Library redevelopment.
John Bernasconi, Director of the University Art Collection (pictured right) said: ‘We are delighted to be able to move the collection into a much more accessible and central position for all visitors, students and staff to enjoy. Beforehand, the collection was seen as a ‘hidden gem’, tucked away in the Middleton Hall. Now, this new gallery allows us display our collection in a space which does it justice. When the University started the collection in the 1960s it was actually on display in the library before moving to Middleton Hall a few years later. So we could see this as a homecoming.’
The gallery and adjoining exhibition space are part of the wider £28m redevelopment of the Brynmor Jones Library.The redevelopment has touched every part of the building, creating a modern, flexible, technology-enhanced environment that meets all the different ways in which students now choose to study and learn.
It also creates new venues for activity planned for 2017 – the year Hull celebrates being City of Culture. The University is a key partner in Hull 2017, providing venues, volunteers, research expertise and much more.
Read an interview with the University of Hull Art Collection’s Director, John Bernasconi, in the Times Higher Education.
You can also visit the University of Hull’s art collection through the BBC’s ‘Your Paintings’ Website.