Grant awarded to celebrate centenary of Whitby’s Alderman Pannett

Whitby’s Pannett Art Gallery has received a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £8,700, for a programme of events and activities to mark the centenary of Alderman Pannett and to research and promote the Staithes Group of Artists.

Tuesday, 28th January 2020, 4:29 pm
Whitby Museum plays host to a wonderful collection of exhibits .Museum and Art Gallery at Pannett Park .. pic Richard Ponter 180322n

Made possible by money raised by National Lottery players, the project focuses on collecting stories, memories and anecdotes associated with the Staithes Group of Artists who lived and worked locally, exhibiting from 1894 to 1909.

Several of these artists remained in the area for many years beyond the Staithes Group period.

There are people living in the area and further afield, who knew them or their families or had relatives who met or worked with the Staithes group, often with wonderful stories to tell.

The project will also explore the impact of this group, how they integrated and what impression they made on the local community.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, the project will enable the gallery to collect as many memories, histories and anecdotes as possible this year.

The information gathered will be presented in a display at the Pannett Art Gallery.

This year is the centenary of the death of Alderman Pannett, the year he gave the park and the money to build an art gallery to the town.

Cllr Robert Dalrymple said: “We are thrilled to have received this support thanks to National Lottery players.

“We are confident the project will assist us in expanding our knowledge of these artists and will help us to raise awareness of this little known artist colony.”

There will be a number of ways to become involved with this project.

If you have a story to share about these artists, of if you are interested in volunteering to help collect these stories, email [email protected] or call the gallery on 01947 600933.

The funding will also enable the gallery to organise family friendly workshops and story-telling performances throughout the year.