Still Life

Summer 2024 Exhibition

23rd May 2024 – 7th July 2024

Studio Eleven Gallery presents Still Life

Featuring Esther Cawley and Lesley Doe

The Still-Life subject is a well-known composition within fine art painting. The subject may evoke a mood, demonstrate skill, and remind one of life’s hidden or temporary beauty. Traditionally, the Still – Life painting evokes a collection of objects that recall a time or place – fruit, game, kitchen paraphernalia. The composition may be a celebration of material pleasures such as food and wine, or often a warning of the ephemerality of these pleasures and of the brevity of human life (memento mori).

Our new exhibition offers a new way of seeing the Still – Life. Esther Cawley, Painter, and Lesley Doe, Ceramicist, have collaborated to offer us this concept both within the real state, and captured on the canvass. They have created new works inspired by the ephemerality this genre, rendered in porcelain, alongside a series of painted compositions of Lesley’s new collection of transformed objects.

A mutual admiration of their creative practices led to new works:

“Lesley’s palette has been a source of inspiration, and enabled play in paint with muted complimentary colours, attempting a gentle and harmonious outcome.” Says Esther.

“I am thrilled that Esther took up my offer to use my work as subjects for her painting. I have long admired her paintings and it has been wonderful to collaborate with her for this exhibition, particularly to have the opportunity to see my pieces through her eyes.” Says Lesley.


Studio Eleven is a gallery, studio and workshop space. We offer specialist studio space for ceramicists and a shared workshop for printmaking. Events include artists talks, performances, workshops, hire of the studio space and a rolling programme of exhibitions featuring contemporary ceramics and painting. The gallery at number 12 comprises of a main space for wall-based and plinth mounted work, and six display cases.  The workshop space is situated on the first floor which also consists of a large, shared studio space with potters wheels and a large print press.

Studio Eleven was a Hull City of Culture 2017 partner.  A strategic partner in developing the bid and the wider promotion of Hull as a Culture City with interventions exhibited in London and beyond by Adele Howitt.  During 2017 we delivered a contemporary exhibition programme with events, workshops, and special performances by Hull Time Based Arts.  

Since it was established in 2009, Studio Eleven has continually pioneered the cause of Hull’s cultural quarter in the Fruit Market area, particularly Humber Street. The gallery and workshop now resides at no; 12 on Humber Street since March 2017. Eleven is in a prime visitor location, close to Hull Marina, The Deep, Hull Museums and the newly refurbished Ferens Art Gallery. Eleven was the first creative business on Humber Street have recently been joined by the new Humber Street Gallery.

Studio Eleven workshop and gallery was established in 2009 by artists. Founder & Owner, Adele Howitt continues to direct the enterprise, enlisting the support of Clare Holdstock, and a voluntary team of artists and potters who use the studio space .

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