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20th May 2021

Hull College HE students and staff have contributed to the exciting new Monet in Mind exhibition which opened at Ferens Art Gallery this week.

The key theme underscoring the exhibition is that of mindfulness, with attendees invited to immerse themselves in the paintings and relax. Mindfulness encourages individuals to pause and take a step back from the stresses of life, and appreciate the present moment.

To help with this, Level 5 Music Performance students - Andy Hardy and Callum Smith - created soundscapes inspired by some of the art featured in the exhibition, with the duo delighted to have the opportunity to get involved through the College.

“It was an excellent opportunity to be involved in this project,” Callum revealed. “Having composed music for film and games in the past, it was great to transfer these skills to creating a soundscape for such an iconic artist as Claude Monet.”

Andy added: “This has been an incredible experience and opportunity. I'm very grateful to both Hull College and Ferens Art Gallery for this. My previous work has been in commercial pop music, so this has been an exciting challenge. I'm very impressed by all the pieces in the exhibition and really looking forward to seeing them in person.”

Music tutors James Bagshaw and Craig Steer joined Andy and Callum in submitting a soundscape, with the latter believing the experience was a worthwhile and beneficial one for all involved.

“The Music Team is committed to helping our learners achieve first-hand professional experience with clients, and working with the Ferens was a particularly exciting and challenging prospect,” Craig said.

“Music students at Hull College traditionally focus on commercial popular music, so to allow them to express their creativity for a different audience was a fantastic addition to our work with local and regional music industries. The teaching team were involved too, as we are all composers and producers. This was a great project for everyone concerned and I hope our work contributes to the amazing exhibition.”

James added: “Our students made a great effort to compose some bespoke pieces of work at what is a very busy time of the year for them, which shows how eager they were to be involved in the project. It’s a great honour for them and something that they should be very proud of. We’re thrilled to have them included in the Monet in Mind exhibition and we’re all very much looking forward to visiting the Gallery soon.”

Visitors to the gallery will be able to hear all four soundscapes as part of the exhibition, with the music also available online on the official Humber Museums Partnership website via the following link:

French Impressionist Claude Monet’s stunning landscape painting, Antibes, was chosen to be the lead painting for the exhibition following a public vote designed to give young people in Hull an opportunity to engage with cultural decision-making.

Indeed, Monet in Mind is in itself a showcase of the talents of the Future Ferens, a 16-25-year-old volunteer group, who worked in collaboration with the Gallery on all aspects of curation, design and promotion of this immersive exhibition.

Future Ferens have selected works from Ferens’ permanent collection to accompany Monet’s Antibes. Selected works include highlights by Walter Richard Sickert, Philip Wilson Steer, Derwent Lees, and Barbara Hepworth.

Monet in Mind will run until Sunday 4th July. Tickets are free but must be booked in advance online at


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