Welcome To The Pannett Art Gallery

The Art Gallery was a gift to Whitby from Alderman Pannett “for the reception and preservation of my water colour drawings, and works of art.”

Sailing Ships in Whitby Harbour by Arthur Rackham (1867 –1939)

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Pannett Art Gallery soon. While we are closed, we want you to enjoy the paintings in our collection. Click “What’s On” to find our Painting of the Week and “Past Exhibitions” to see art works previously featured here.

Pannett Art Gallery team member Lisa admires the painting “Laura” which the gallery recently acquired.

Discover the early career of the trailblazing artist, Dame Laura Knight

A unique exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery, Whitby

The exhibition of works by Laura and her husband Harold, painted during their time at Staithes includes the beautiful and enigmatic painting of Laura, by Harold, painted at about the time of their marriage. 

The Bridge at Staithes (1902), by John Bowman

There is always a selection of work by the amazing Staithes Group of Artists on display. These British Impressionists painted as a group, in Whitby and along the Yorkshire coast, c. 1894 – 1909.


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A Runswick Washerwoman, Ralph Hedley R.B.A. Pr.B.C 1848 – 1913

A Runswick Washerwoman, oils on canvas, 17”x13”, signed and dated (18)95. £2,950

On Runswick Beach, Florence Hess 1891 - 1974

Florence Hess 1891 – 1974, On Runswick Beach, oils on panel, 8”x10”, £2,500

The Pilot Cobble with the Pearl off Whitby, Robert Jobling Pr.B.C. 1841 – 1923

The Pilot Cobble with the Pearl off Whitby, Robert Jobling Pr.B.C. 1841 – 1923

Sunlight and Shadow, Arthur A. Friedenson 1872 – 1955

Sunlight and Shadow, Arthur A. Friedenson 1872 – 1955

Staithes Group of Artists Exhibition 2020

Staithes Group specialists since 1974, Tom and Rosamund Jordan, are unfortunately unable to stage their exhibition at the Pannett Art Gallery this Summer due to the Corona Virus. Most of their paintings can be seen in the Gallery section of their website www.tbrj.co.uk and also on The Staithes Group of Artists Facebook page.

Pannett Art Gallery facade

Pannett Art Gallery is set in the peaceful and charming grounds of Pannett Park in the centre of Whitby. The gallery has an eclectic mix of 19th and 20th Century paintings on permanent display.



Pannett Art Gallery Exhibition Programme 2020

The Pannett Art Gallery is closed.
We are putting measures in place to make sure the gallery is a safe environment for staff and visitors and hope to be able to open again soon. Please keep checking the website for updates.

Future exhibitions will include:

Celebrating Pannett – until 10th September.

2020 is the 100th anniversary of the death of Alderman Pannett, the man who had the vision and who donated the land and funding to make a beautiful park and to build an art gallery, for the residents of and visitors to Whitby.

The story of this fascinating man will be explored and celebrated in an exhibition about his life and his tremendous generosity.


Botanical Prints – Captain Cook Museum

6 October – 13 December


Pannett Collection February – March 2021

Please note: all dates are correct at time of going to press.  Please contact the gallery to confirm before making a special journey.


Impermanent edge: eastern eroding shorelines by Helen Goodwin

  Impermanent edge: eastern eroding shorelines by Helen Goodwin My interest in and work on impermanence for the past two decades has, in recent years, focused especially on eroding coastlines in East Yorkshire, where I once had a small wooden cottage that was taken by the sea, and East Sussex, where I currently live.  My work is responsive and site-specific, often taking the materials of place to create images and spaces that are...
Rowing Boat on the River Bank, George Weatherill

Two generations of Weatherill artists painted in Whitby and area throughout the 19th and early 20th Century. We have an extensive collection of their intricate and delicate paintings on display in the Weatherill Gallery.