The Ferens Art Gallery Hull was closed for around 16 months for a revamp.
This regional art gallery with an international reputation was to be a prime feature of Kingston-upon-Hull's year as UK City of Culture 2017.
It reopened to the public on January 13, 2017 following a £5.2m refurbishment.
Representatives of the mainstream media were allowed a special publicity visit Thursday January 12 and the morning of Friday January 13 and then it was once again open to the public.
We visited Friday January 13 within its first hour of reopening and it was bustling with activity.
The open or winter exhibition was and still is occupying more than one gallery as locals, not so locals, amateurs, semi pros and professional artists work is put on display. Most of the art works are available to buy but the majority are quite pricey.
You could purchase a catalogue from the gallery shop to check out prices, artists and more. We visited around 10 days later though and a chart of the works in the open exhibition including prices is on one gallery wall.
Red stickers on art works denotes they are SOLD.
The open exhibition includes at least a dozen or so sculptures. There are also works of art using mixed mediums such as paint and material.
The other temporary exhibition, and one attracting huge numbers of visitors, is the Pietro Lorenzetti Renaissance masterpiece which was bought by the Ferens Art Gallery for £1.6m. This is in the first gallery to the left as you enter.
Other galleries are occupied by some of the gallery's excellent core pieces including old masters and maritime work.
We checked with gallery staff and you can take photos in all galleries, preferably without flash photography, except for in the Pietro Lorenzetti Renaissance gallery.
I did note however that the press and mainstream media who visited the gallery pre-opening had snapped plenty of images of that work of art.
Ferens has a large shop, decent sized cafe and clean unisex toilets. There is also toilet access for people with disabilities and a lift to reach the upper floor.
To the right as you enter the Ferens there is a gallery specifically for children, young and old. Take a look and have a play. Some of the activities and exhibits are perfect for children with physical or mental disabilities.
The Ferns is situated in Victoria Square close to the Hull City Hall, Queen's Gardens, Princes Quay shopping Centre, and Maritime Museum. Other museums, shopping areas and the Marina is within walking distance.
The Ferens comes under the Hull City Council and like the city's other museums is free to enter.
These are a few snaps from our first visit.
A huge wind turbine blade made in the Hull Siemen's factory has been temporarily installed in Victoria Square.
The following are just a few on display as part of the open exhibition.
A couple of the old faithfuls in the Ferens.
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