Discovering art and science of Cook expedition

Artist Fiona Macdonald will travel on a tall ship from London to Whitby with seven youngsters from this area.
Artist Fiona Macdonald will travel on a tall ship from London to Whitby with seven youngsters from this area.

Whitby Library is inviting people to delve into the art and science of Captain James Cook as part of the Cook 250 Festival.

North Yorkshire County Council’s library service successfully applied for £37,610 from the Arts Council to fund a series of projects culminating in an exhibition at the library to contribute to the July festival.

The work will be delivered by art and science organisation Invisible Dust, the County Record Office and volunteers from Whitby and Great Ayton libraries.

The work with Invisible Dust will uncover the role of celebrated botanist Joseph Banks and artist Sydney Parkinson, who travelled with Cook to collect and document plants and animals.

New artwork developed with local people will also form an exhibition at Whitby library.

Just before the exhibition, seven young people from Whitby will echo the experience of the explorers, travelling with artist Fiona Macdonald and writer Natasha Pulley from London to Whitby on a tall ship.

County Councillor Greg White, executive member for libraries, said: “As we always say, libraries are about much more than books, and this demonstrates that wonderfully.

“Libraries are always keen to explore creative opportunities and appeal to new audiences.

“This is a great chance for people to get involved in a fascinating project.”