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Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti from COUM Transmissions.

New Contemporary Art Space Opens in the UK

Humber Street Gallery, a new contemporary art space, will open in Hull on February 3. Located in the Fruit Market cultural quarter, its opening is part of the year of art events associated with the Hull City of Culture 2017 program. The three-story gallery, a former produce warehouse, will present a range of contemporary art, design, film, and photography throughout 2017. The space also boasts a café and rooftop bar.

Martin Green, CEO and director of the city-wide initiative, said: “We are really excited to be opening Humber Street Gallery, which will be an amazing cultural asset for the city. It helps consolidate the Fruit Market’s status as a cultural quarter and adds to Hull’s already strong visual arts offer, which has been led by the wonderful Ferens Art Gallery and Brynmor Jones Library, as well as the smaller galleries and collectives to be found around the city.”

The opening season will feature a pair of exhibitions running from February 3 to March 22, including the first retrospective of COUM Transmissions, which was founded in Hull by artists Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and Cosey Fanni Tutti. COUM was a subversive collective that took the art world by storm in the 1970s—most infamously via its 1976 exhibition, “Prostitution,” at the ICA in London—ahead of its later involvement in the industrial music collective Throbbing Gristle. Curated by Hull-born Cosey Fanni Tutti herself, the show will include materials from the collective’s personal archives as well as musical performances, programmed by the music website the Quietus.

The second exhibition, “Power in Woman,” features three sculptures by Sarah Lucas, commissioned by the British Council for the British pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 2015, shown in Hull with the support of the Art Fund.

The opening of the new space follows national acclaim for the recent reopening of the Ferens Art Gallery, after its $6.5 million renovation by Hull City Council, and the recent refurbishment of the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull.

As part of the Hull City of Culture 2017 program, Ferens Art Gallery is showing works from its permanent collection, the restored Lorenzetti masterpiece Christ between Saints Paul and Peter, ca. 1320, and the exhibition “Francis Bacon: Nervous System.” Drawings from Michelangelo’s era to the present are being displayed at Brynmor Jones Library, University of Hull. This weekend also sees the opening of a show by artist Tanya Raabe-Webber at Artlink on Princes Avenue as part of their yearlong diversity and disability arts program called Square Peg.

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