S & D Flooring create a home for the 2017 Turner Prize and nominated artist Rosalind Nashashibi

S & D Flooring create a home for the 2017 Turner Prize and nominated artist Rosalind Nashashibi

It’s the one of the biggest and most prestigious international visual arts event of the year and S & D Flooring has made its mark with this latest installation.  The Turner Prize, which has since 2011 been staged outside of London every other year is presented at the Ferens Art Gallery in Hull as part of the UK City of Culture programme.  

Completed film space with Gradus LED Nosings and Black Carpet in Ferens Exhibition Gallery 7.
Completed Turner Prize film space with Gradus LED Nosings and Black Carpet in Ferens Exhibition Gallery 7.

The Brief… 

S & D Flooring was approached by Sewell Construction to supply and install 300 square metres of luxury black carpet and underlay in Exhibition Gallery 7 of the Ferens Art Gallery. Gallery 7 has been dedicated to display the works of the 2017 Turner Prize nominee Rosalind Nashahbi who specialises in film. As part of her exhibition, the space features two tiered film spaces that can accommodate up to 50 spectators at a time. Within these spaces S & D Flooring was appointed to install black carpet with blue LED Nosings.  

Ferens Art Gallery Exhibition 7 plan.
Ferens Art Gallery Exhibition 7 plan.


With only 7 working days available to install over 300 square metres of flooring products across the site amongst other construction trades, it was another fast paced and highly precise operation for S & D Flooring and the Boys in Blue to ensure we complete the project on time. One of the challenges for S & D Flooring during this project was working around several different trades whom were conducting their own wall, electric and furniture installations. To mitigate the potential risks of not being able to complete the project on time it was agreed that after completing a sub floor preparation our installers would quickly install flooring in one area whilst trades worked in another before protecting the newly installed floor and moving around to another area of the site. This proved to be successful but challenging at times, especially in the two dedicated film spaces and foyers.  

One of the best parts of this project was when the project was fully completed and spectators could enjoy the works of Rosalind Nashahbi in this temporary exhibition whilst walking on S & D Flooring’s very own masterpiece.  

S&D Flooring Ferens Art Gallery Turner Prize Exhibition
S&D Flooring Ferens Art Gallery, Turner Prize exhibition space

A few final words on the Turner Prize project

S & D Flooring would like to thank Sewell Construction for giving us the opportunity to work with them on a high profile Hull City of Culture project.  It was a great privilege to contribute to the Hull City of Culture programme. S & D Flooring would also like to thank the staff and Hull City of Culture Volunteers at the Ferens Art Gallery for their patience and support whilst we prepare one of the exhibition spaces for the Turner Prize.  

For further information on this project or you are simply interested in planning a similar project with us, contact S & D Flooring Ltd on 01482 839801 or e-mail us at sales@sanddflooring.co.uk. 

Products Used 

  • Black carpet 
  • Underlay 
  • Gradus LED Nosings  


Graeme Oldfield

S&D have just completed an installation of Karndean flooring for us and thry have done an absolutely first rate job. The service from initial enquiry through to install was excellent and the installers themselves were fantastic, the quality of the install is exceptional and the eye for finishing detail sets them apart from others.