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Art Exhibition, Tue 8 Oct - Mon 18 Nov 2019




An extensive programme of arts and community activities has been announced to enable people to reveal their artistic talents, inspired by a spectacular exhibition heading to Hull.
“Michelangelo – A Different View” will see superb reproductions of the Renaissance master’s Sistine Chapel works displayed in 700-year-old Hull Minster, with visitors able to view the iconic scenes in a religious setting outside the Vatican for the first time.
The exhibition showcases the entire set of Sistine Chapel works, including the famous “Creation of Adam”, a depiction of God giving life to the first man, and a six metres square reproduction of “The Last Judgement”.
The free exhibition is being staged from October 8 to November 18, with visitors able to admire the masterpieces from a distance of just two metres and without time constraints.
Now, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, a wide range of arts and community activities inspired by the exhibition have been announced.
The programme is intended to involve as many people as possible, enabling them to express their own creativity and learn new skills.
Delivered by North East Lincolnshire-based arts organisation Our Big Picture (OBP), all of the events and workshops will be delivered within Hull Minster while the exhibition is being staged. They include:
• “Created Together” – a free community drop-in activity for all ages, creating a large-scale contemporary artwork based on Michelangelo’s “Creation of Adam”.
• “Drawn Together” – a free Michelangelo-inspired national “Big Draw” event, exploring different ways of making art and using hands as inspiration.
• Children and young people’s workshops with local artist Emma Garness, alongside guest artists. Community groups, home-educated families, schools, or college groups will explore art history, traditional art skills and create contemporary artwork.
• Adult workshops – a two-day life painting course with two clothed models, led by Beverley-based artist Esther Cawley. Over 16s will create their own large-scale acrylic painting on canvas, drawing on inspiration from Michelangelo’s work and resulting in a canvas painting for participants to keep.
• Two-hour, weekly life drawing courses with Esther in which a clothed life model will re-stage poses from the frescoes on display. Participants will take away a portfolio of work.
• Guest curator talks – art historian Helena Cox, Curator at Beverley Art Gallery, and John Heffernan, Senior Curator at Humber Street Gallery, will share their expertise.
• Art competition, sponsored by Hull Trains – members of the public can create their own artwork directly inspired by “Creation of Adam”. The winners will have the opportunity to feature in an exhibition at Hull Minster in February 2020.
Paula Denton, Creative and Managing Director at OBP, which has led a successful Art in the Minster programme at Grimsby Minster, said: “The Sistine Chapel exhibition is a stunning installation and something very special.
“I can imagine it will be quite overwhelming to be able to see the brushstrokes of the master Michelangelo, look at the detail and form, see how he has drawn people, and take in the Renaissance colours.
“This arts programme will give people the chance to extend their experience beyond what they will be able to see in the Minster. Whether you’ve never picked up a brush before, you’re an artist, a family, or a community group, there is something for all abilities and all ages.”
Esther develops and delivers workshops and drop-in events for art establishments alongside exhibitions including at Ferens Art Gallery, Beverley Art Gallery and Humber Street Gallery.
She said: “As a figurative, visual artist, this is a very exciting opportunity.
“We are going to re-stage scenes from the frescoes with clothed life models. We will recreate some of the poses and use rich drapery and lighting, which will be quite a spectacle in Hull Minster, and we want to offer it to the widest audience possible.
“In the life painting sessions, participants will create a robust piece of artwork on canvas, which they can take away, while the evening life drawing classes look at some of the techniques Renaissance artists used in sketching and preparatory work.
“Participants don’t need to have any experience. I will guide and support them through it and they will have a rich portfolio at the end of it.”
Bishop Frank White, Interim Minister at Hull Minster, said: “We’re delighted to be able to announce this exciting programme, inspired by the Sistine Chapel exhibition.
“The funding we have received from Arts Council England has enabled us to go up a gear in removing barriers to the community engaging with art, with the high-quality input of professional artists.
“The support from Arts Council England also includes funding for research into the relationship between Hull Minster and the wider visual arts scene in Hull, in order that we can complement the existing offer, using the Minster as a unique exhibition space.”
To find out more about the programme, or to book a place, visit from early September onwards.

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Event details

Dates Times
Tue 8 Oct - Mon 18 Nov 2019
The exhibition will be open from Monday to Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays to allow services to take place as normal. Viewing times are as follows:
• General viewing: 10am-8pm. Free entry (200 tickets per session).
• Intimate viewing: 8am-9am and 9pm-10pm. £5 entry (50 tickets per session).
• Quiet/accessible viewing: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 10am-12pm. Free entry (100 tickets per session).
• Parent and toddler viewing; Fridays, 10am-12pm. Free entry (100 tickets per session).
A wide and varied events programme will also be running at the Minster so these days and times are a general guide only. Confirmed viewing times and a full list of events can be found on the Hull Minster website or will be available at the point of booking your ticket.
The exhibition features more than 50 large-scale, superbly-detailed reproductions of Renaissance master Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel works, including the famous “Creation of Adam”, a depiction of God giving life to the first man, and a six metres square reproduction of “The Last Judgement”.
Visitors to the 700-year-old Minister will have the privilege of viewing the iconic scenes that adorn the ceiling and walls of the Sistine Chapel in a religious setting outside the Vatican for the first time. The exhibition will offer an up-close-and-personal experience, with visitors learning how Michelangelo created the stunning frescoes and the meaning behind them.
Although entrance is free for all but the intimate viewing sessions, to make the event open to everyone, visitors are being encouraged to show their appreciation by donating what they can to support Hull Minster’s vital work in the city.
Bishop Frank White, Interim Minister at Hull Minster, said: “We’ve had huge interest in the Sistine Chapel exhibition and we know many people are excited to experience it, so we’re delighted to release the tickets and meet that demand.
“We’re urging people to book early to avoid disappointment if they want to be among the first to see the exhibition or come at a specific time.
“The tickets are available for time slots beginning on the hour, but we won’t hurry people through, so if people enter part-way through the hour they can still be confident of a great experience. We’ve also put together a number of viewing options to make the exhibition as accessible as possible.”
Members of the public of all ages will also be able to participate in an extensive programme of arts activities and courses, inspired by the exhibition.
Supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, the programme is intended to involve as many people as possible, enabling them to express their creativity and develop artistic skills.
The programme, delivered by arts organisation Our Big Picture, includes “Drawn Together”, a mass participation event with something for everybody, from drawing to fingerprint art, on November 1.
In addition, there is a broader schedule of events linked to the Sistine Chapel exhibition. The events include a Renaissance-themed banquet on November 7 – the first black tie dinner open to the public at the Minster – and a Roman Catholic Ecumenical Gathering on October 29.
Bishop Frank added: “The wide-ranging programme of events, all held within the Minster during the duration of the Sistine Chapel exhibition, demonstrates our commitment to share faith, arts and culture across the city.”
Details and tickets for all the activities, courses and events are available at or the Minster Shop, unless otherwise stated.


Tickets are now available to see a world-class exhibition bringing the Sistine Chapel’s iconic scenes to Hull Minster.
People are being urged to book as soon as possible to be among the first to see the “Michelangelo – A Different View” exhibition in the spectacular, spiritual setting of the Minster.
The exhibition is being staged from October 8-November 18 and is free to enter, but a ticketing system for specified time slots will apply to ensure visitors enjoy an uncrowded and unhurried experience.
Arrangements have also been made for pre-booked parent and toddler and quiet/accessible viewing sessions, while a limited number of tickets are available for just £5 per person offering an intimate viewing experience.
Tickets have been released at the same time as bookings for arts activities and events related to the exhibition.
Tickets for the exhibition can now be booked in the following ways:
• Through the Hull Minster website at
• At the Hull Minster Shop.
• On the day, if the allocation for each time slot has not been met.
• For group/coach visits, call 0843 289 1945 or e-mail

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