International Hull Company Ideal Standard, and Artist Adele Howitt have combined their considerable talents for an artist in residency project based at Isaac Newton Secondary. Adele howitt was part funded by the Arts Council England, towards development and research into working with this industry, to produce large-scale cast ceramics for her practice of making ceramics within a public art context.

Called New Build Pathways, the artist collaboration with Industry Project is now installed at a brand new learning centre and café facilities as part of the Craven Park. With a vibrant mix of art, industry, science, technology, and 100 years of Ideal Standard Bathrooms residency in Kingston upon Hull; under Adele’s tutelage, pupils from the school have worked alongside the artist, technician Chris Marritt, and chief product designer, Nick Swann to create permanent public realm artwork, specific to the local community.

Adele’s concept was to combine the industrial knowledge of slip casting through partnership with the famous Hull bathroom company. This inimitable mix of state of the art ceramic technology combines with traditional macquette and model making, taking the students on a fascinating journey, applying forensic type techniques to ceramics. The Isaac Newton pupils investigated DNA and industrial process connected to forensics and applied their knowledge of sequences naturally occurring within the DNA Helix to form the basis for the 18 organic cell shapes installation.

Adele Howitt — 2015