Exploring the Pannett Paintings

7 February – 30 April

Visit the gallery to see some of the wonderful artwork from the Pannett Collection.  This includes recent acquisitions from the Soper Collection.  These beautiful paintings, prints, drawings, illustrations, and ceramics are being publicly displayed in Whitby for the first time.

Through their artwork the Soper Collection tells the story of George Soper (1870 – 1942), and his daughters Eva (1901 – 1990), and Eileen (1905 – 1990).  This talented family were dedicated to revealing the wonder of the British countryside, including the wealth of wildlife they nurtured at their reclusive home.

There are many themes to explore and stories to tell with these fabulous artworks. The gallery is inviting visitors to tell us about the artworks in this collection that they enjoyed the most, and which aspects they would like to hear more about.

Free creative workshop – Birds Little and Large,
Saturday 4th March, 1 – 4pm

Join artist Trish Phillips in the gallery, Saturday, 4th March, 1- 4pm to make and decorate your favourite garden birds and add them to our garden scene in the gallery. Learn about garden birds, looking at little and large birds from Pannett Art Gallery’s collection in this fun drop-in activity. Start by having a good look at the birds in the paintings and ceramics in the gallery, then imagine your chosen bird escaping into its natural habitat.

The workshop is free.  No need to book, stay for five minutes, or the whole session.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Keep an eye on the website for further fun activities.

The Wild Escape is a national project led by Art Fund.

The Wild Escape invites children to find a favourite animal in their local museum or gallery and create artworks imagining its journey to a natural habitat. The pictures and stories created will lead up to a collective work of art that imagines a better future for the wildlife on our doorstep, launched online and in venues across the UK on Earth Day 2023, Saturday 22 April.

The Wild Escape is made possible with support from Arts Council England’s National Lottery Project Grants, with additional support from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Kusuma Trust, Foyle Foundation and a group of generous individuals and trusts.



The safety of our visitors is tremendously important to us and therefore hand sanitiser available at the entrance and in the gallery.

Admission to the gallery is Free.

Opening times may be subject to change, please check before visiting.


5 Back in the Nest by Eileen Soper

Image Courtesy of the Chris Beetles Gallery on behalf of the AGBI.

11 Wrens Perched on Honesty by Eileen Soper

Image Courtesy of the Chris Beetles Gallery on behalf of the AGBI.

Blue tit by Eva Soper
Image Courtesy of The Soper Collection.