Look Closer: See the Extraordinary 

Pannett Art Gallery is planning an exciting summer exhibition celebrating four women and the connections between art and science in their work. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund and The Royal Society, who have also kindly funded the project through a Places of Science grant, which helps communities to engage with their local science stories. The exhibition aims to encourage closer observation and understanding of scientific principles as well as demonstrating the value of creativity to science. In showing the contribution of local creative women to scientific work, the exhibition will hopefully inspire girls of all ages to consider careers in science, where they are currently under-represented.

Featured in the exhibition are three women who combine elements of art, craft, science and the natural world in their work.

Effie Burns uses glass casting and gilding to create exquisite botanical sculptures of natural objects she has collected locally. She will also be showing a series of prints of seaweed featuring a solar plate printing technique.

Dr Jane Pottas is a marine biologist specialising in seaweeds. She contributes to the ‘algal herbarium’ (seaweed collections) at the Natural History Museum and Whitby Museum, helping to build international knowledge of local species. The exhibition features cyanotype images of seaweeds she has collected.

Dr Elizabeth Gaston is a textile artist, using knit to investigate how the use of colour and light can disrupt our perception of pattern and how this may offer sustainable solutions to the textile industry.

These artists will be complemented by a range of work from Pannett Art Gallery’s Soper collection, with a close look at the naturalist and artist, Eileen Soper. Throughout her life, Eileen Soper documented the plants and animals of her wild garden sanctuary through much of the C20th. In particular, her observation of badgers in the wild contributed greatly to scientific knowledge of the animals.

Prior to the exhibition, the artist-scientists will be working with women and girls in Whitby’s community, to create further artworks to be displayed in the exhibition.

There will be activities in the gallery and in the adjoining Pannett Park, plus a family friendly workshop and a seaweed talk and cyanotype demonstration.

Seaweeds and Cyanotypes: Fun in the Sun, talk, seaweed demo and cyanotype workshop with Jane Pottas, will take place in the gallery on Saturday 15th June, 10-12

Places are limited – to book please contact


Look Closer: See the Extraordinary – Exhibition at Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE

Weds 10th July – Sun 25th August          10 – 4.30 (excluding Mondays) Free entry

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Pannett Art Gallery, Pannett Park, Whitby YO21 1RE
01947 600933
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