Local artist Ian Burke raffles Blue Hummer print to support hatchery project

Local artist Ian Burke has donated a woodblock print entitled ‘Blue Hummer’ to raffle in support of the Whitby Lobster Hatchery project.

Tuesday, 9th February 2021, 10:30 am
The Blue Hummer woodblock print by artist Ian Burke.

The ambitious scheme aims to protect and promote the town’s rich fishing heritage, rejuvenating the old Fish Market on Pier Road to create a lobster hatchery and exhibition centre.

The team will collaborate with the town’s fishing fleet to collect lobsters bearing eggs, which will then be hatched and grown before being released.

This will increase their survival rate and replenish stocks, in turn protecting the fishing heritage of the town and the livelihoods of fishermen.

Mr Burke is a well-known painter and printmaker who has lived in the area for most of his life.

He exhibits locally at Staithes Gallery and his exhibitions and workshops at Staithes Festival of Arts and Heritage are a huge attraction for visitors.

He is also a regular exhibitor in the Royal Academy.

He said: “The project is very close to my heart.

“Lobsters are beautiful, intriguing, almost prehistoric creatures that have always fascinated me and provide ample subject matter for my work.”

For the chance to be the lucky winner of Blue Hummer go to tinyurl.com/356vp9yc for more information.