A rare opportunity to see up close and eyeball to eyeball the fantastically, wonderfully outrageous sets, character puppets and props from Aardman’s
stop-motion feature film –
 a swashbuckling, high-sea adventure. Presented by The Northern School of Art in partnership with Aardman as part of ‘The Northern Festival of Illustration 2023’ with funding from the Arts Council England & Sir James Knott Trust.

A perfect pirate day out for all the family.

*PIRATES! THE BAND OF MISFITS © 2012 Sony Pictures Animation Inc. All rights reserved. Courtesy of Sony Pictures Animation.

Discover the hidden history of Hartlepool in a series of exhibitions by world-renowned illustrator Jonny Hannah.  Jonny has plumbed the depths of local memory to reveal the strangest stories and most curious characters from past and recent history to present a vision of the town as it’s never been seen before.  This summer, the Museum of Hartlepool and Hartlepool Art Gallery will showcase tales of colossal crustaceans, spectacular ships and local legends which are brought to life through extraordinary paintings, prints and cut-outs.  As well as The Darktown Museum of Hartlepool Paraphernalia (or museum objects that don’t actually exist), visitors will be presented with Jonny’s selection of objects and artworks from the collection of Hartlepool Borough Council, redisplayed in the award-winning artist’s unique and compelling way.

A showcase of the imagination and skills that have established Hartlepool Art Club’s reputation as one of the leading art societies in the north of England.  

See Hartlepool during the 1960s as captured by legendary photographer John Bulmer before he shot to fame with his iconic images of the north for the Sunday Times magazine.

Never shown in the town before, the photographs Bulmer took sixty years ago provide a fascinating record of the town during one moment in time.