University Quarter’s open-air display showcases artwork

An open-air art display curated from the University of Hull’s art collection showcases artists and their paintings to a wider audience in the University Quarter.

Seven images, featuring art in Britain 1890-1940, have been selected for this ‘Art for All’ initiative.

The paintings, which are high-quality copies of the originals that are housed in the University’s Brynmor Jones Library, can be viewed on the exterior walls of student housing in the University Quarter, owned by the Kexgill group.

The works of art were chosen by the University staff and students, the University Quarter, and local long-term residents.

A QR code is provided under each wall mounted painting with an explanation about the painting and artist.

John Bernasconi, Director of the University of Hull Art Collection, said: “I welcome this exciting community initiative, which will both enhance the University Quarter and make students and other residents more aware of our wonderful art collection.

“The collection, which is on the ground floor of the University Library on campus, is open to the public seven days a week.”

Richard Stott, Managing Director of Kexgill Group, said: “I was absolutely staggered by the quality and range of artists exhibited in the University art gallery. Providing high quality copies in the surrounding streets just seemed the right thing to do.”

The open-air collection was officially opened by Ward Councillors’ Gwen Lunn and Steve Wilson.

The project follows other community initiatives, which include Alec Gill’s fishing industry themed houses, Lydia Caprani’s art installation doorways, UQ Kiosk “Lockdown” art competition and the Spiders from Mars house on Auckland Avenue, Hull.