Welcome To The Pannett Art Gallery

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

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.

The Bridge at Staithes (1902), by John Bowman

You can see further examples of the sensitive paintings of the natural world, and other wonderful artworks of George Soper and his two daughters, Eva and Eileen, to discover more click here: www.thesopercollection.org


Look Closer: See the Extraordinary    

Pannett Art Gallery is planning an exciting summer exhibition celebrating four women and the connections between art and science in their work. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and The Royal Society, who have also kindly funded the project through a Places of Science grant, which helps communities to engage with their local science stories. The exhibition aims to encourage closer observation and understanding of scientific principles as well as demonstrating the value of creativity to science. In showing the contribution of local creative women to scientific work, the exhibition will hopefully inspire girls of all ages to consider careers in science, where they are currently under-represented.

Featured in the exhibition are three women who combine elements of art, craft, science and the natural world in their work.

Effie Burns uses glass casting and gilding to create exquisite botanical sculptures of natural objects she has collected locally. She will also be showing a series of prints of seaweed featuring a solar plate printing technique.

Dr Jane Pottas is a marine biologist specialising in seaweeds. She contributes to the ‘algal herbarium’ (seaweed collections) at the Natural History Museum and Whitby Museum, helping to build international knowledge of local species. The exhibition features cyanotype images of seaweeds she has collected.

Dr Elizabeth Gaston is a textile artist, using knit to investigate how the use of colour and light can disrupt our perception of pattern and how this may offer sustainable solutions to the textile industry.

These artists will be complemented by a range of work from Pannett Art Gallery’s Soper collection, with a close look at the naturalist and artist, Eileen Soper. Throughout her life, Eileen Soper documented the plants and animals of her wild garden sanctuary through much of the C20th. In particular, her observation of badgers in the wild contributed greatly to scientific knowledge of the animals.

Prior to the exhibition, the artist-scientists will be working with women and girls in Whitby’s community, to create further artworks to be displayed in the exhibition.

There will be activities in the gallery and in the adjoining Pannett Park, plus a family friendly workshop and a seaweed talk and cyanotype demonstration.

Seaweeds and Cyanotypes: Fun in the Sun, talk, seaweed demo and cyanotype workshop with Jane Pottas, will take place in the gallery on Saturday 15th June, 10-12

Places are limited – to book please contact pannett.gallery@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk


Look Closer: See the Extraordinary – Exhibition at Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE

Weds 10th July – Sun 25th August          10 – 4.30 (excluding Mondays) Free entry

For more information, contact:
pannett.gallery@whitbytowncouncil.gov.uk                     or                    miriamshone1966@gmail.com

Pannett Art Gallery

The Art gallery is open.  We look forward to seeing you.

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 2024

February 2th – April 7th:   Watching the waves – Maritime Paintings from the Pannett Collections

March 26th – April 5th:  £10 Art Challenge Exhibition

April 9th – May 19th: Sea Pictures by members of Leeds Fine Artists

May 21st – May 26th Stories of the Young People of Eskdale by Eskdale School

May 28th – July 7th : Whitby Art Society – Artwork from Whitby Art Soc members

July 10th – August 25th : Look Closer, see the Extraordinary – Whitby Women of Art and Science 

August 27th – October 6th : Fylingdales Group of Artists – Annual Exhibition

October 8th – Christmas Closing: The Art of Illustration – contemporary designers and artwork from the collection

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


Exciting opportunities at Pannett Art Gallery

  Exciting opportunities at Pannett Art Gallery Two creative workshops and three opportunities to join the Pannett team. Join us for workshops in the gallery:  Saturday 15 June 10am – 12 noonJoin Jane Pottas to learn more about Cyanotypes and about Seaweed in this to a talk and workshop Dr. Jane Pottas is a marine biologist specialising in seaweeds. She contributes to the ‘algal herbarium’ (seaweed collections) at the Natural History...
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.


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