An exhibition showcasing the wonders of the Sistine Chapel has been hailed as a major success, attracting 35,000 people to Hull Minster.

The “Michelangelo – A Different View” exhibition drew visitors from far and wide during its 42-day run at the magnificent, 700-year-old church and gained valuable media coverage for the Minster and for Hull in several national newspapers and on BBC national radio.

The exhibition gave visitors the chance to admire more than 50 superbly-detailed reproductions of Renaissance master Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel works, including the famous “Creation of Adam” and “The Last Judgement”.
The event offered an up-close-and-personal experience, with visitors learning how Michelangelo created the stunning frescoes and the meaning behind them.

The exhibition also inspired an extensive programme of arts activities and courses, supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and delivered by North East Lincolnshire-based arts organisation Our Big Picture.

Bishop Frank White, Interim Minister at Hull Minster, said: “The Sistine Chapel exhibition has been a major success and illustrated how the Minster can serve the city as a unique venue for cultural exhibitions and events of the highest quality.

“We’ve been delighted with the numbers who have attended and the very positive feedback we have received both on the exhibition and how it has been staged and managed by our team.”

Budding artists have also taken part in an art competition with the theme of “Creation”, inspired by the “Creation of Adam” fresco and supported by Exhibition Painting Partner Hull Trains.

Artists of all ages and abilities have been encouraged to submit their artistic responses to the exhibition in any art material or medium. Entries are open until December 6th, with work to be exhibited in a special exhibition at the Minster in February and March 2020 and the winning entries taking centre stage.

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