David Hockney gallery 'could help Hull rival Bilbao'
A PERMANENT art exhibition that is being planned in Hull could rival other cultural cities across Europe.
A dedicated gallery showcasing the world-famous work of East Yorkshire artist David Hockney could open in the city, should the artist agree to the project and a lead developer be found.
Hull City Council has asked consultants David Powell Associates to draw up some plans for the development.
Competition to house a permanent gallery could be high but the council is hoping the artist's East Yorkshire roots will provide an edge over other suitors.
A full head colour or 1/2 head highlights, luxury Redken treatment, cut & blowdry for JUST £40 (Save £25) or upgrade to a full head of highlights for JUST £50 (Save £35). Add a spray tan for JUST £10.
Terms: New customers only (not visited salon since 25/02/2013). Monday - Thursday only (including late nights). Savings based on director prices.
Contact: 01482 423178
Valid until: Wednesday, July 31 2013
Councillor Steve Bayes, portfolio holder for regeneration, is leading the project.
He said: "Any opportunity to house a permanent exhibition of the work of such a world-renowned artist is one that appeals to us.
"This project is very much in its infancy and we are working with representatives of David Hockney to see if he would be interested in doing it.
"He has not said no, so there is hope we can persuade him that Hull is a fantastic venue for his work.
"However, we don't know if any other city is planning such an exhibition.
"If this were to go ahead, it could push Hull into the same category of the likes of Bilbao.
"Once we have the backing of the artist, it will become a lot easier to attract developers and secure the necessary funding."
The development could provide another major tourism draw to the city on a similar scale to The Deep.
Hockney's Bigger Trees Near Warter exhibition at Ferens Art Gallery attracted more than 63,000 visitors in 2011, setting the record for the most visitors to the gallery.
Next week's council cabinet meeting will kick-start the planning process for the proposed exhibition in the former Fruit Market.
Two potential sites for a cultural arts and exhibition centre have been earmarked by the council.
The former Bonus Electrical site and a site close to Hull Central Dry Dock have been suggested.
A spokeswoman for the council said: "The specialist work now being undertaken will look at how the proposal for an iconic arts and exhibition centre that could be delivered in this location to drive the wider culturally led regeneration of the area.
"The work includes a detailed economic feasibility and viability assessment to support the development of the building and the associated public spaces on the site identified.
"It also includes work to identify how the project could be funded, including the long-term revenue requirements and potential income that could be generated."
The proposed development is part of a broader plan to regenerate the area, including supporting temporary businesses and introducing new housing close to the marina.
The plans are part of the building blocks for the council's overall city plan, which aims to create 7,000 to 8,000 jobs over the next ten years, injecting between £208 million and £253 million into the local economy.