The Mitre Owl

Collaborative exhibition with artist Joanna Whittle / Artcade Gallery / July 2021

Ruin (Collage Study) / Ceramic / 2021 / 38cm x 24cm

The Mitre Owl represents a collection made up of objects and original artworks by David Orme and Joanna Whittle as well as artefacts and items from their own treasuries. The exhibition space will become part shop front, part assemblage and part physical inventory and will represent a small corner of a much wider and quite possibly fictional archive. The exhibition will reveal points of collaboration between Orme and Whittle including the production of a limited edition enamel pin. New paintings and ceramics from Whittle will exhibit alongside Orme’s own ceramic works and collages along with other artworks from the collection.

On view at Artcade Gallery, Sheffield from 2nd – 24th July 2021

Between Islands

Exhibition by Joanna Whittle on display at the Harley Gallery from 01.08.2020 – 01.11.2020

Whittle’s exhibition at the Harley Gallery on the Welbeck Estate responded to the Portland Collection and surrounding estate. We made trips to various sites on the estate meeting with curators past and present and an expert on costume. I collaborated with JW, lending support in the display and framing of work.
I also included two works pictured above titled: ‘Nine Marvels (from beyond the Interstitial Passageway)’ & ‘Eight Marvels (from beyond the Interstitial Passageway)’, hand dyed, c-type prints.
The titles were informed by a novel written by Margaret Cavendish Duchess of Newcastle titled Blazing World.

My dyed photographs (of collages) catalogue the keepsakes recovered from the Blazing World.

In ‘Between Islands’ [Whittle] explores the relationship between ‘creating worlds’ and ‘creating collections’ and the role curation and display of collections plays in developing narratives- real or imagined.

[Whittle] has produced the paintings, drawings and ceramics on display in response to the landscape of the Welbeck estate and items in The Portland Collection and has displayed these as a collection of artefacts from an imagined world called Do><ia. The project has involved collaboration with artist David Orme, to explore the determinations of display and the decisions made to formalise the fictional into the authentic.

The world described is heavily influenced by the rich fabrics and fine ceramics in The Portland Collection and the secret landscape within the estate- creating islands of silk draped structures, hidden tunnels and overgrown gateways alongside ceramic artefacts from this imagined society.


I’m pleased to announce I have been accepted on the Artist Access to Art Colleges scheme at York St John University.

Untitled Window Dressing / C-Type print / 2019

During my time on the AA2A scheme I look forward to working in the printmaking department, using the screen printing facilities to create printed material for large scale collages. I hope also to collaborate with public and private collections in York chronicling the display of ‘non-functional’ objects.

Prosaic Mosaic: A Survey of New Painting

21 – 26 October
Launch event:
Friday 25 October, 6 – 8pm

I’m delighted to be a part of the group show Prosaic Mosaic.

Part of the evolving Prosaic series, PROSAIC MOSAIC is a group exhibition of paintings to be held at Bloc Projects, Sheffield, 22 – 26 Oct.

The exhibition features small works from over fifty artists. Seen together, the varied works form a larger picture – a mosaic of contemporary painting practice.  

Using a prosaic definition of painting – ‘pigment on substrate’ – has allowed the curators to showcase a diverse range of approaches to making. The way the work is displayed will trigger connections between the paintings.

The show brings together work by noted painters from across the UK, Ireland and beyond with artists from the curators’ home in Sheffield. The curators are keen to present exciting work regardless of the artists’ perceived status. Equal standing is given to work from artists at all career stages, from students to prize-winners.

PROSAIC MOSAIC is curated by Sean Williams, Bryan Eccleshall and Katya Robin.

Bloc Projects Members Show 2019

  Jennifer Bailey
Kedisha Coakley
Charlotte Dawson
Mandy Gamsu
Donghwan Ko
Gemma Mackenzie
David Orme
Jill Tate
We are delighted to be presenting work from a selection of artists from across the UK who are currently benefitting from being part of the Bloc Projects Members Scheme. This annual group exhibition forms a key part of our yearly curated programme and is organised by an open call application of Members’ existing work.
Installation view:
Twenty Two Solid Objects (2) / 2019
This year the participating artists have been selected by guest curator Eva Rowson. The exhibition brings together recent works from eight artists who all have different approaches to making using sculpture, collage, ceramics and photography. Despite their varied practices, the artists selected share an interest in exploring anxiety, trauma and tension in their work and how these feelings intersect with their relations to personal histories, private space and the changing world(s) outside.
Eva Rowson is an artist, producer and curator. Her work is organised around questions of how we host each other, how we work together, how we build organisations – and the work and structures that make all of this possible. Eva is currently Curator in Residence at Lighthouse, Brighton.