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Launch of online poll to vote for Sea of Hull artwork - 03/05/17
Participants and the public can now vote for their preferred artwork from Spencer Tunick’s Sea of Hull installation online at

There are 15 different images to choose from, either via the online voting system or on display at Ferens Art Gallery as part of the Skin exhibition which opened on Saturday 22 April.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, Portfolio Holder for Culture and Leisure and Chair of Hull Culture & Leisure, said: “The digital platform offers everyone, including participants who took part from all over the world, the opportunity to vote for their favourite piece of work from that special event last July.”

On 21 April Friends of the Ferens, on behalf of Ferens Art Gallery, launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise money to purchase a further piece of artwork to join the gallery’s permanent collection.

In total £16,000 is needed to purchase a further image for the city to keep forever and so far an impressive 15 per cent has been achieved and £2290 raised, with contributions from participants and visitors to the gallery, since the campaign launched.

Three of the unique Sea of Hull photographs have now joined the gallery’s permanent collection as part of the original commission and the Ferens has been offered the opportunity to add a fourth as a reminder of that unique day in Hull on 9 July 2016 which made worldwide headlines.

Councillor Terry Geraghty, continued: “We would love to add a further iconic image of Hull to the Ferens growing permanent collection and this is a great opportunity for the public to get involved. The support has been really encouraging and we are so grateful to everyone who has contributed so far.”

Frances Kelly, Chair of Friends of the Ferens, said: “The Spencer Tunick Sea of Hull was an opportunity for thousands of people to be part of works of art, showing our part of the world. In seeing the pictures we feel involved and many people who didn’t participate knew someone who did! The Friends of the Ferens are fully supporting the Ferens in its crowd fund campaign and very much hope that a fourth picture can be purchased to celebrate such a unique and special event."

You can donate to the crowdfund by visiting: and have until 8 August. Alternatively the gallery accepts contributions however big or small in the special donation box within the SKIN exhibition.

The SKIN exhibition is now on display at the Ferens Art Gallery until Sunday 13 August 2017. Entry is free and open: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 11am – 4.30pm. It is also open until 7.30pm every Thursday.

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