Ferens Art Gallery – Jason Wilsher-Mills Exhibition

Our visit to the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull to see Jason Wilsher-Mills’ exhibition, “Are We There Yet?” was wonderful experience that left us moved and inspired. The exhibition, running from February 24th to June 2nd, 2024, offers a colourful and insightful journey into the world of a remarkable artist who uses his creativity to explore themes of disability, identity, and community.

A Journey Through Colour and Imagination

Jason Wilsher-Mills, a disabled artist, has created a series of vibrant and theatrical portraits and sculptures that capture various aspects of his personality and experiences. Each piece in the exhibition is a testament to his resilience and imagination, reflecting not only his personal journey but also the broader experiences of disabled communities in Hull, Wakefield, and Manchester. The use of Augmented Reality (AR) and interactive elements makes the exhibition particularly engaging, inviting visitors to delve deeper into the stories behind the art.

Interactive and Inclusive Experiences

One of the standout features of this exhibition is its inclusivity and interactivity. The gallery has thoughtfully included various activities and events designed to engage visitors of all ages and abilities. From baby sensory sessions and storytelling to workshops and relaxed openings, there is something for everyone. We particularly enjoyed the “Build Your Hero” comic drawing workshop and the “Puppet Portraits” session, where participants could create their own unique self-portrait puppets inspired by Jason’s style.

Andy Lock – Orchard Park Series

We also loved the photo exhibition by Andy Lock of Orchard Park. The Orchard Park series were taken at the old Vernon House tower block before it was demolished. Really loved reading how Andy used some unique techniques to capture these striking images.

We frequently visit the Ferns Art Gallery, and the Jason Wilsher-Mills Exhibition is one of our favourites.

Here’s a handful of photos from our visit: