Kites: The art of using natural materials

March 10, 2017 - April 20, 2017

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Hampshire-based kite creator John Browning followed a career as a scientist and inventor but has always maintained a deep interest in the fine arts and the beauty of the natural world. It was this interest which led him to take up making and flying kites.

Inspired by the work of French Artist, Claude Léa Comallonga and with his great interest in ethnic kites from around the world, John took to using natural materials to make his kites. He even makes his own paper from different plant materials which he then uses in his creations.

A selection of John's delicate kites are currently displayed on the windows and wood panelling in the Jowett Centre. Earlier this year John held workshops with two of our classes and the paper kites that they made, along with photos of them flying their kites and kite art by other Treloar's students form a colourful 'Let's go fly a kite' student exhibition on the boards immediately below John's kite creations.

More examples of John’s work can be seen at

Due to popular demand John's exhibition has been extended and will now run throughout the school holidays closing on the 20th April 2017, however please note that the exhibition will not be open over weekends or public holidays.

Entry is free and all are welcome.

Exhibition opening hours: 9.00am - 5.00pm (Monday to Friday)