City of Culture 2017 Preview: Turner and The Whale Exhibition at Maritime Museum
A whaling exhibition featuring works by artist JMW Turner is being displayed in Hull city centre, writes Danielle Hayes.
For the first time in the UK, Turner’s three rare whaling scenes are together in the Maritime Museum, on Queen Victoria Square.
The features are being displayed alongside Hull’s own whaling collection, from when the city held the title of the UK’s largest whaling port.
Co-curator of the exhibition Professor Jason Edwards said the exhibition is a “chance for people to see great art on their doorstep without having to travel to London”.
The professor from the History of Art department at University of York said: “We really raised our aspirations for the Maritime Museum, we put an ambitious programme together and this was going to be our climax so we thought big and we thought it doesn’t get much bigger than Turner.”
The exhibition is due to open to the public tomorrow, Saturday 7 October, and will be displayed until Sunday 7 January 2018.
Turner’s art will be complementing the Turner Prize that bears his name, which is being held this year at the Ferens Art Gallery.
Admissions are free to the exhibition and it is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 5pm and on Sundays from 11am until 4.30pm. It is also open until 7.30pm every Thursday.