The Northern Festival of Illustration
@ The Wintertide Festival

Over the Summer of 2021, BloominArt CIC worked with community groups, which represent the diversity, energy and pride in the town, to decorate 35 fibreglass monkey sculptures. 

From September the monkeys were placed in businesses across Hartlepool as part of the first ever festival Monkey Trail. A variety of businesses kindly volunteered to be monkey hosts, where they displayed one of the community designed monkeys for the duration of the festival. 

For the duration of The Wintertide Festival the monkeys will all be exhibited together at St Hildas Church, alongside The Northern Illustration Prize Emerging shortlist and winners. 


St Hildas is open for viewing from: 

10am- 3pm Saturday (Craft Fayre also at Church between 10am-12pm) 

11.30am- 3pm Sunday 


On Sunday at 4.30pm the monkeys will make their way to Elephant Rock to be part of the first ever Elephant Rock event, where there will be an auction for those who wish to buy the monkeys. If you cant make it to Elephant Rock, the auction will be available online via our online auction site – with the winning bids being revealed at the Elephant Rock event – bidding will be open for the duration of The Wintertide Festival Friday evening – to Sunday.