Artist’s work at centre of new park scheme

Artist John Freeman (left) and Bob Bennett, chairman of Friends of Pannett Park.
Artist John Freeman (left) and Bob Bennett, chairman of Friends of Pannett Park.

This week sees the launch of a new leaflet Art in the Park – a journey around the beautiful and interesting features of Whitby’s Pannett Park.

Since the restoration of the park was celebrated in 2010, things have not stood still.

Art was always important to the project, to complement the planting and reflect the heritage. The initial artwork has been regularly added to with more pieces.

These now deserve individual interpretation and credit to the artists – so the concept of the latest park leaflet was born. It is designed to help people enjoy the park.

Leaflets are available from the entrance to Pannett Art Gallery and Whitby Museum.

The illustrations for the leaflet were drawn by local artist John Freeman, who donated his work. This has created a special leaflet, a piece of art in its own right. John has also donated the original 15 drawings, which have been framed and will be on display on Pannett Day, which takes place on Wednesday (July 27). They are for sale at £30 each, for the Friends of Pannett Park funds.

There are two major collections, the Weatherill and the Staithes Group; in addition a season of temporary exhibitions. Entry to the gallery is free.