Awakening Exhibition


Due to a severe weather event in the Port Macquarie CBD on Friday 3rd February 2023, this exhibition finished early.



  • Saturday, 28 January 2023 | 10:00 AM - Friday, 03 February 2023 | 02:00 PM


Glasshouse Regional Gallery


Glasshouse Regional Gallery Presents:


Elva Henderson

This installation is a personal statement of my emotional response to the 2019 bushfires and, in a broader context, the global impact of climate change on our planet and how it is affecting our daily lives.

In our local Port Macquarie Hastings region, the fires destroyed valuable natural habitat impacting on not only the trees but flora and fauna, in particular the native koala.

In this installation, the ceramic painted leaves represent the fabric of our daily lives, with the layers of colour reflecting not only the obvious shift in forest regrowth, but acting as a metaphor for the recovery and optimistic transformation of our community as we deal with natural disasters such as both fires and floods.

Perhaps it is time we “awaken” to our contributions to climate change and environmental change.

Glasshouse Regional Gallery supporting local artists.

Image Credit: Elva Henderson, Awakening, 2022, ceramic, ink, acrylic and nylon 

About the Artist

Elva Henderson

Elva Henderson is an experienced artist, best known for her ceramic art and sculpture. Elva graduated with an Associate Diploma of Art (Major in Ceramics) from Southern Sydney Institute in 1992. Since 1996 she was teaching art and ceramic classes to both children and adults at the St. George Creative Arts Centre (Sydney) and in 2005 opened her own studio workshop. In addition to teaching, Elva has widely exhibited her ceramic art throughout Sydney and regional NSW. In 2016 she relocated to Port Macquarie.