Quirky and surreal art to fascinate visitors to Whitby gallery

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An exhibition of quirky sculpture and surreal imagery are set to fascinate visitors to Whitby’s Pannett Art Gallery.

Annie Bostwick, a sculptor, has had a long and varied background in fine art and design.

Her work combines the fantasy world dreamed up in her head with the story telling escapism of childhood.

Annie’s sculptures include a diverse range of imaginative creations, from a series of quirky heads to a pirate captain and a magical swan. She also creates hangings, quilts and tapestries which illustrate these story-telling themes and ideas.

Annie uses a wide variety of materials but primarily paper. Becoming quite frustrated with the amount of paper she was recycling Annie decided to come up with an alternative and creative way of using it.

It was during this time that she started to explore recycling in her work. She says of this process: “By utilising the malleable versatility of paper I am able to create tiny intricate pieces, no larger than my hand, and with the same technique I can create large freestanding weighty sculptures.

“Because of the type of materials I use recycling is a fundamental and enjoyable part of everything I create.”

The animal and coastal inspired drawings and paintings of Rachael Bamford are a perfect complement to Annie’s designs.

Racheal spent much of her childhood in Staithes and went to school in Robin Hood’s Bay. She works as an architectural designer and this, along with her rescue rabbits Jonas and Lily, are major influences on her art.

Her sketch books are full of rabbit antics drawn in the precise detail learned over the years as a drafts person.

Racheal said: “Art is something I have always done for enjoyment and I hope this element of fun shines through in my work.

“Talking animals, juxtapositions, puns and the slightly surreal form the basis for most of my illustrations which are penned in either water colour and ink or acrylic.”

Possibilities of Paper is at the Pannett Art Gallery from July 31 to September 2.

The gallery is open Tuesday to Sunday 9.30am to 4.30pm (last admission 4pm).

Admission free.