City artist Dave fishing for success with Whitby show

Sheffield-born Dave Jeffery, artist based at Whitby
Sheffield-born Dave Jeffery, artist based at Whitby
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AN ARTIST from Sheffield is all at sea - with a new exhibition of work about the North Yorkshire fishing industry.

Dave Jeffery, aged 65, is originally from Hillsborough but now lives in Whitby, and has organised a show featuring paintings, photos and ceramics depicting the coastal town’s signature trade.

Dave, who has worked in marketing as well as graphic design, settled in Whitby 13 years ago and opened his own gallery there, exhibiting around 2,000 works by himself and other artists over nine-and-a-half years.

The former Wisewood School pupil said he hopes the month-long event - called Whitby Fishing Today - will help fish-eaters understand what goes into landing their favourite catch.

“I’m hoping the exhibition will create an awareness that the fishing industry is important to Whitby, and that the industry needs assistance and understanding if it is to continue,” he said.

“I feel there’s a chasm between those who enjoy eating fish and the people who catch it. The exhibition will hopefully bridge that gap.”

The exhibition has gained the support of TV chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall’s Fish Fight campaign, which lobbied to change EU policy on fishing.

Dave, who worked for Osborne’s steel and engineering company, now paints watercolours to commission and runs art courses for a national holiday company.

The free exhibition is at the Pannett Art Gallery from September 10 to October 16.