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Exhibitions drawing from the beauty of nature coming to The Civic

Exhibitions drawing from the beauty of nature coming to The Civic

The Gallery@ The Civic is proud to announce a forthcoming exhibition by acclaimed ceramicist Adele Howitt alongside a debut by Barnsley Artist Louise Wright which will bring sculpture and drawings inspired by natural forms into the modern building.

Organic shapes and textures flow through the clean lines of the Panorama. Inspired by pollen grains, Howitt creates detailed ceramic objects, which are appear as natural as they do alien. Wright also draws inspiration from living forms, with intricate drawings, almost abstract and pattern like and filled with a host of details. During the exhibition Wright will also hold workshops to pass on her skills and creativity to young people.

“For The Civic it’s a fine opportunity to see the Panorama space used in this unique way, enabling not only art lovers, but also our theatre audience to engage with art.” – Helen Ball, CEO at The Civic

Adele Howitt

While resident artist at Naturalia in Sevilla, Spain (2012), Howitt developed an interest in pollen grains and a new understanding of the natural world around her. At the same time she also rediscovered her pottery skills, and began pushing the craft to exciting new limits. Combining this research with influences from the countryside and coast near her Humber home, Howitt has utilised her strong technical skills to craft these beautiful and unique ceramic objects.

These core collections of sculptures that make up Ceramic Landscapes are also complimented by film and sketches, offering a fresh insight into the creative drive and working method of this accomplished ceramicist.

Howitt has previously exhibited across Europe, including the Steninge Slott Cultural Centre in Sweden, VI Biennal de Ceramica del Vendrell in Barcelona, Spain, the Ceramica Multiplex at Kerameikon, Croatia, and various RHS Gardens including the Chelsea Flower Show.

Louise Wright

Working in ink and watercolour, Barnsley artist Louise Wright is an obsessive drawer, creating incredibly detailed drawings inspired by microbiology, botany and nature. Wright occasionally ventures into printing and large scale drawings, but the majority of her oeuvre is painstakingly miniscule.

Wright has recently been selected to take part in The Sketchbook Project, which features 35,225 artists' books contributed by creative people from 135+ countries and is housed at Brooklyn Art Library.


Running alongside the exhibition will be a special workshop run by Louise. Taking inspiration from the Organic Forms exhibition, the artist will help participants develop their own drawing techniques. They will be provided with their own sketch book which they will use to explore nature themes developing colour, line and texture skills.  All additional materials are provided and participants get to take their sketchbook home.

Adele Howitt: Ceramic Landscapes and Louise Wright: Organic Forms will show on the Staircase at The Civic. The exhibitions open at The Civic on 29 July and close 21 October 2017. Admission is free.

Sketchbook Workshop is on Wednesday 9 August and Saturday 12 August at 10.30am and 1.30pm | Cost £4 | Recommended for ages 7-14. All children must be accompanied by an adult. | These workshops are supported by Seawhite of Brighton.

For more information and to book visit or call the Box Office on 01226 327000.