A masterpiece by one of the world’s most famous artists will be arriving in Hull next week.
The Ferens Art Gallery will reopen on Monday after lockdown in style with an incredible coup.
Antibes by Claude Monet will be the centrepiece of a new exhibition promoting mental health as we all try and recover from a tumultuous past 14 months.
The exhibition will focus on the importance of mindfulness and reflection in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The painting travels to Hull for the first time as part of a partnership with The Courtauld in London.
The Courtauld National Partners programme is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund and aims to share The Courtauld’s collection with audiences across the UK while The Courtauld Gallery is closed for a major transformation project.
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Monet was one of the leading artists of the Impressionist art movement in France in the nineteenth century. His art is known internationally and has inspired generations of artists.
Antibes represents his time in the south of France during the spring of 1888 and captures the ‘magical air’ of the Mediterranean light and weather.
The Monet in Mind exhibition will also showcase some of the Ferens Art Gallery’s most popular artworks from its permanent collection with many of the pieces having never been displayed together before.
Also featured at the exhibition will be Monet in Mind which showcases the talents of the Future Ferens, a group of young curators, marketers and creatives, aged 16-25 years old, who have worked in collaboration with the gallery’s team of experts.
Mollie Gapper, from Future Ferens said: “It has been amazing for us to be involved in curating an exhibition around a painting from an artist as well-known and highly regarded as Monet.
“Our decision to focus on mindfulness was partly in response to the events of the last year which has been challenging for everyone in different ways.
“We hope that the exhibition will allow visitors to take some time to think about what mindfulness means to them, and to pause and reflect on their own thoughts, feelings, and mental health.
“We want to encourage people to feel more comfortable talking about what is often considered a difficult and sometimes taboo subject.”
Young people from The Warren have produced new reflective creative writings and students from Hull College have produced soundscapes in response to the exhibition, which visitors to the gallery will be able to read and hear.
August McGregor, from Future Ferens, said: “It’s been an incredible opportunity for us to help bring Monet to Hull in collaboration with The Courtauld, and especially to do so in a way that acknowledges such a critical aspect of recent life.
“Mental health is something that has affected so many people in different ways over the last year, and it’ll continue to have an impact on everyone indefinitely. In addressing mental wellbeing and positive reflection at the Ferens, we hope to not only provide an interesting experience, but a useful one.
“Mindfulness as a practice isn’t a topic that’s often explored in earnest by a lot of people, and bringing it into a public space has been a new, exciting and rewarding challenge for Future Ferens.
“We hope that visitors, and especially young people, can really engage with the reflective aspects of the exhibition and take something away from it just as we have, and that anyone who attends can take a moment to relax and be mindful of themselves.”
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Stephanie Edwards, exhibitions assistant at Ferens Art Gallery, also hopes art can help people’s mental health.
She said: “As many people discovered in 2020, art can play a valuable role in sustaining mental health; it can encourage, engage and reduce stress. The accompanying events programme is open to everyone, with several online for those unable to visit the gallery in-person.”
Monet in Mind will run from Monday until Sunday, July 4. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance online by clicking here.