We Believe in the Future - Jonny Hannah

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November
Outside the Heugh Battery Museum

Scottish artist Jonny Hannah spent much of last year living and working in Hartlepool as he gathered stories for his exhibition at Hartlepool Art Gallery to celebrate the Tall Ships.

He has exhibited all over the UK; worked for some of the most prestigious publications in the world – think Vogue and New York Times and even found time to win a BAFTA for Best Short Animation. We are delighted to be exhibiting his We Believe in the Future work outside the historic Heugh Battery Museum.

Durham Spray

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 12-8pm
Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November
Lumley Square

Lewis, working under Durham Spray Paints, has painted several huge murals on The Headland and has a real passion for the areas history and its people.

For Wintertide, Lewis will be taking a step in a new direction, creating a semi-permanent mural and making use of lighting to bring the wall to life. He has been working with local residents collecting stories and suggestions which will feed into the artwork.

Story Trail - Jack of Hearts

Sunday at 2pm

History Group will lead a walk around a section of the Headland Story boards, sharing recollections, stories and history about this remarkable place and it’s inhabitants. Along the walk you will meet characters and hear sounds to bring the stories to life.

Walk will end at Baptist Church, where participants will be able to find out all about local heritage and crafts from members of the Headland Local History Group. Including a proggy mat demonstration from some Headland Fishwives. At the end of your walk find out all about how families would make and use these matts in their home.
You will also be able to get a hot drink and snack.

The Gutter Girls

Lyndsey Waller-Wilkinson in collaboration with Tees Valley Festival Volunteering & A Man Called Adam

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November,

12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November

Situated at the Light House, Moor Terrace.

One of our Street Ambassador Projects, this is a collaborative visual and sound piece made by local residents.Facilitated by Lynsey Waller-Wilkinson in collaboration with Tees Valley Festival Networking and electronic music pioneers A Man Called Adam.

The work combines creative writing, making (illuminated knitted Gansie) and story-telling of the women who travelled the coast supporting their fishermen husbands to keep the herring industry alive.

Taking Flight - In2 project delivered by BloomInArt

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November,
12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November

13-15 South Crescent.  To be viewed from the public pathway, not by entry to private gardens. 

Community Art Organisation BloomInArt worked with three Darlington Primary Schools. Pupils explored different design principles, sculpture, printmaking and poetry, creating sculptural willow birds that encapsulated their individual school values and voices.
Creative Writer Emily Wiseman from Write Up and Rise Ltd worked with pupils to capture their voices with audio poetry to accompany the sculptures.

The installation became part of an art trail for Hullabaloo In The Park in July 2023 before coming to Wintertide.

In2 works with Year 6 pupils giving them access to creative activities and performances on the build-up to transition to secondary school.
In2 is based in Darlington Hippodrome Theatre with the support of Darlington Borough Council.

Projected exhibition - various artists

Friday 24, Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November 5-8pm

The Duke of Cleveland,
Church Walk
(viewing from the grounds of St Hilda’s)

Johnny Hannah’s exhibitions Shipbuilders and Fisherfolk have been one of the highlights of the year at Hartlepool Art Gallery. His work celebrates many aspects of the town – its history, characters and events.  We can’t wait to see them as big bold projections.

Emily Carter is an abstract and landscape artist based in Hartlepool.  She uses layers of colours and details in her work.

Neil Johnson is a photographer specialising in dreamy portraiture, fantasy, UV, fire, smoke, underwater, aerial and alternative, and so much more.

Lightweight - Impossible Arts

History Gardens

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November,
4.30pm-8pm Saturday 25 November

Say hello to Lightweight by Impossible Arts.   A four metre tall inflated sphere glows in the night sky, lit up with live animation effects – and featuring anyone who wants to add their face to the mix!

You’re invited to sit for a quick portrait in a quirky photo booth. This creates small animated portraits that are mapped into a range of animations and you may soon see yourself become one of a flock of devilish angels flapping around the 360˚ projection globe, or the face of another animated character.

This will join a feast of moving images – movies, visual effects, pictures or text and all enhanced by multi-channel music from hidden speakers.

Northern School of Art - A Shoal of Herring

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November

Croft Gardens

Working to a live brief, the students of the Northern School of Art have constructed beautiful willow sculptures of fish, each one unique.  

ShadowDance - Impossible Arts

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 4pm-8pm Saturday 25 November. 

Andy Capp Statue

Shadowdance takes ‘dancing in the streets’ to a whole new level. Audience members become performers as floodlights magnify their multi-coloured silhouette to the size of a building. 

Come along and join the fun!

Ignite - Emily Carter

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November (illuminated from 5pm)

Croft Gardens

Emily is an abstract and landscape artist based in Hartlepool. She has produced a bespoke piece of artwork for Wintertide ‘Ignite’ – a neon extravaganza that will be illuminated in the Croft Gardens each evening. Emily uses layers of colours and details in her work and is inspired by nature and its organic forms!  It will be a reet Bobby Dazzler!

Fungi Fibre - Stevie Thompson

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November

(illuminated from 5pm)

Croft Gardens

Stevie is an amazing fibre optic artist from South Shields. we will be exhibiting his installation Fungi Fibre in the Croft Gardens.   Stand and watch this mesmerising piece gently change colour.

Stevie has exhibited all over the world and his work has featured on numerous TV programmes.   We are delighted he is joining us at Wintertide this year.

Lantern Parade and installation - Whippet Up CIC

Lantern Parade and installation – Whippet Up CIC

5.30pm-6pm Friday 24 November Parade

12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November- (illuminated from 5pm)

Location: South Crescent

We are thrilled to be working with Whippet Up who will bring the parade to life with their wonderful carnival presence and content. Alongside this Whippet up will work with Hartlepool residents, as part of BloomInArt’s Street Ambassador project, to create illuminated parade lanterns. 

These lanterns/props will be dual purpose; to be used within the parade and as a static, illuminated installation during the festival site with accompanying soundtrack.

Let's Tell Our Story - Frank Styles

5pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 

12-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November

(illuminated from 5pm)

History Gardens

Frank Styles has worked with local residents to create a series of short stories. One is chosen and this is told through the creation of a giant UV jigsaw puzzle. 

This will be pieced together during the event and on display all weekend.


We Make Sound

Saturday 25th & Sunday 26th November 12-6pm

‘We Make Sound’ have partnered with Tees River Trust to create a soundscape of the oyster monitoring of biodiversity and mortality within the oyster cages. Come have a listen!

Ship Ahoy - The Northern Festival of Illustration in collaboration with BloomInArt

St Hilda’s Church all weekend.

Auction: Sunday 26th St Hilda’s Church 5-6pm.

The Northern Festival of Illustration’s “Ship Ahoy!” Art Trail in Collaboration with BloomInArt

The Northern Festival of Illustration’s art trail made a spectacular return in 2023 with the magnificent display of 29 decorated ships across various venues in Hartlepool.

As a tribute to the Tall Ships Hartlepool event, BC-FX Design was commissioned by the Northern Festival of Illustration to create the sculptures. BloomInArt then teamed up with community groups and local artists to decorate the ships with 29 distinct designs, engaging a total of 633 individuals.

Local businesses were contacted to exhibit a ship in their window for the public to seek out.

The fleet will be showcased for one final time at the Wintertide Festival, before being auctioned off to raise funds for charity. This year, all proceeds will be donated to The Annexe, (https://www.whartontrust.org.uk/) working with young people in Dyke House.

St Hilda’s Church Illumination - Artistic Solutions

6pm-8pm Friday 24 November, 

5pm-8pm Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November

Church Walk

The Grade 1 listed St Hilda’s Church dominates the Headland and the illumination of the church has become a beacon for Wintertide Festival.  Bathed in a rainbow hue of coloured lights every evening with a lighting programme designed by Artistic Solutions, the illuminations highlight the stunning architecture of one of the most important churches in the North.

Made possible this year from donations from Headland Parish Council and Go Fund Me donations.

Thank you.

The Lighthouse - Alex Rigg

Town Moor

Throughout the weekend.  Finale 6.30pm Sunday 26 November

Join us on the Town Moor to pay homage to Hartlepool’s seafaring past with a giant willow structure by artist Alex Rigg based on the town’s original lighthouse.  The structure will be ceremonially lit at 6.30pm – a nod to the giant bonfire created of the lighthouse to celebrate the end of the first world war.

Alex Rigg previous project

This impressive lighthouse bonfire was built to celebrate the end of the First World War. The original lighthouse on the Headland was demolished as it got in the way of the guns from the Heugh Battery. The temporary lighhouse was constructed on the Town Moor, where is stood from 1915 until it was replaced by the current structure in 1926.

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