'I don’t like art but I liked this': Hull gives mixed verdict on Turner prize show

By Helen Pidd North of England editor

Show is thought-provoking for some, a bit tame for others, and might bring ‘London luvvies' to this year's UK City of Culture

There can be few people in Hull who have seen the Turner prize show more times than David Thompson. A retired engineer and self-declared art ignoramus, he has visited the exhibition at the Ferens Gallery 12 times since it opened at the end of September – six times as a City of Culture volunteer and six off his own bat. “I don't like art,” he kept saying on Tuesday. “But I really liked this.”

He tells his friends, when they tell him it was rubbish, that they need to go again. “There's a lot in it. You might not get it at first, but after you've been a few times you start to understand. I saw a programme on TV about it the other day and there were these critics being quite sniffy about it. Now, I'm not an art expert, but I really liked this.”

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