New art gallery opens

Hull’s newest art gallery opened with rousing song as touring choristers celebrated the debut of a national art collection in the city.

The Battered and Berthed exhibition, organised by the city’s Believe in Hull church partnership, displays some 28 pieces of the Methodist Modern Art Collection, which shows biblical scenes from the perspective of a wide range of national and international artists.  The pop-up gallery, which will also be a performance space, is based in a shop unit on the second floor of Princes Quay. It will be open until New Year’s Eve.

Battered and Berthed, which is the theme adopted by Believe in Hull to link in with the city’s maritime heritage, invites visitors to see the art from the perspective of being battered by the elements at sea, and finding a home in a safe place – berthed.

A programme of special “reflections” events will start on Sunday 5th November at 6.30pm when a different church leader each week will talk about a specific painting. From Thursday 16th November, there will be an “arts house” evening each week to coincide with late-night shopping, featuring a programme of recitals, story-telling and puppetry activities. The details will be announced in due course and will be published on the Believe in Hull website

The Battered and Berthed gallery is open to the public from Thursday to Saturday, 10-5, and Sunday 1.30-5pm. Schools, church and community groups are invited to visit from Monday to Wednesday. Contact for details of this and to volunteer to staff the gallery.

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