Whitby’s Pannett Art Gallery will feature artwork removed from the town’s hospital

The exhibition is open from today (Tuesday, November 30) to Sunday, December 5, from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Whitby Hospital is undergoing renovations, which are expected to be completed in the spring of 2022.

As part of this, the works of art previously displayed in all areas of the hospital have been removed.

Portrait of Captain James Cook, presented by the Whitby Civic Society to Whitby Hospital in 1978.

The Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust Art Group is working with NHS Property Services to provide this opportunity for people to view the artwork and to celebrate and document its significance.

The trust says the small renovated hospital has a modern feel and most of the artwork will not be on display again.

The Artwork Group wants to hear from the community on what should be done with the images in the future and is committed to ensuring that the history of the artwork is recorded.

Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to leave a trace of their visit with notes to help identify the donors or artists of the work of art.

An example of images offered is the portrait of Captain Cook, painted by JS Watson (Scarborough), presented by the Whitby Civic Society in 1978, with the original on display at the National Maritime Museum – does anyone know why this was featured, was it perhaps on the opening of the new hospital in the 1970s?

The Whitby Hospital Artwork Group has a photograph of the presentation, but again, not everyone in attendance has been identified – can you help?

It is hoped to publish a weekly article on Photo of the Week in the Whitby Gazette to see if the local community can identify the relevance of the hospital photos.

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