Exhibit: Take a seat at latest gallery display

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A new exhibition using chairs loaned by Whitby residents to tell the story of the town and its inhabitants goes on display at Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby, from July 20 to August 29.

Entitled Seat, the new installation by North East artist Pippa Hale celebrates the stories behind the chairs and the local people that have donated them.

The exhibition celebrates the domestic and personal stories from Whitby’s homes; each chair a quiet witness to a family event or landmark moment in someone’s life.

Visitors to the exhibition will be able to match the chairs to their owners and find out what makes them so special and unique.

Artist Pippa Hale said: “As well as being a place to see and enjoy art, Pannett Art Gallery is also a seat of local Government; hosting the Whitby Town Council meetings.

“The building and the furniture within it has seen and heard a lot of history and it was this idea that inspired me tell the story of Whitby and its residents through something as simple as a chair.

“We all have items in our home that have a story behind them or remind us of something or someone. Seat is all about sharing those stories and learning more about the communities we live in.”

Seat at Pannett Art Gallery will recreate a Whitby Town Council Meeting, complete with public gallery, using local residents’ seats.

Helen Berry, Curator at the Pannett Art Gallery, said: “We are thrilled to have the opportunity to develop this contemporary art installation and are delighted to be working with Pippa to celebrate the uniqueness of our gallery.”

Part of the Meeting Point project by Arts&Heritage, which sees nine new contemporary art installations at four museums in the North East and five museums in Yorkshire during 2016, a photography catalogue detailing all the submissions will remain on display at Pannett Art Gallery.

Timandra Nichols at Arts&Heritage said: “Pippa’s installation will engage the local community in a new way and invite visitors to take a fresh view of this gallery and its permanent collections, also alluding to the fact that it hosts Town Council meetings.”

Funded by Arts Council England’s Museum Resilience Fund, Meeting Point presents new art commissions in unexpected places and has given small and medium scale museums the opportunity to commission artists to create a piece of work in response to their venue.

The project aims to bring new visitors to the nine participating museums and position them as exciting places to see contemporary art.

Seat takes place at the Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby from Monday July 20 to Monday August 29.

Visit www.pannettartgallery.org for more information.

Meeting Point takes place across the North East and Yorkshire until November. The project is funded by Arts Council England’s Museum

Resilience Fund.