Founded 1978

​​Vale of Pickering Art Club – Whistler Project

History of the Mural

Soldiers billeted in Pickering during the war wanted to thank the people of Pickering for their hospitality by putting on a childrens’ Christmas party. Rex Whistler painted some murals on the walls of the Whistler Hall in the Memorial Hall in December 1943. One of these shows children eating cakes and is still in the hall, but despite several previous attempts at conservation it is deteriorating. The Trustees felt that a good photographic record would be the best way of preserving the history for future generations. 

The project and VOPAC

To celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the club, the committee decided to help the Trustees of the Memorial Hall in Pickering by providing a permanent photographic display of the mural. This will be sited in the entrance foyer for all to see, even when the Whistler Hall is in use. The project was undertaken in recognition of the importance of the Memorial Hall for holding club events. 

Vale of Pickering Art Club members raised funds by holding a ‘Music, Muffins and Mini-Exhibition’ event in June. A photograph of the mural by local photographer John Clifton has been printed, mounted and framed by DBM Framing of Scarborough, along with a drawing of Rex Whistler and some information about the history of the mural.

The completed reconstruction in the Memorial Hall 

The Whistler Project

Tim Boardman Chairman of the Memorial Hall Trustees and Lesley Price Chaiman of VOPAC presenting the picture to the Hall on Saturday 8th December 2018