Some of the monkeys on display around Hartlepool for the art festival.
Some of the monkeys on display around Hartlepool for the art festival.

In pictures: Trail of monkey sculptures turns Hartlepool into planet of the apes

They’re popping up everywhere but have you spotted all of Hartlepool’s decorated monkeys?

Tuesday, 12th October 2021, 12:08 pm

A trail of decorated simian sculptures has been created around town as part of the fourth Northern Festival of Illustration led by the Northern School of Art.

A total of 30 have been installed in shops, businesses and public buildings.

The distinctive artworks were created by Redcar-based artist Billy Cessford, who runs a creates scenery and props for events, stage and screen, TV, film, and theatre.

They were decorated over the summer by community groups in a project delivered by graduates supported by Hartlepool-based community arts organisation Bloominart.

Here are just a small selection. A checklist for the monkey trail is also available at www.festivalofillustration.com

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