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I lie awake at night and listen to the birds singing

By: Steffan Jones-Hughes

The blog started with the run up to my exhibition at Oriel Wrecsam in August - October 2008, and is now following on to the next one in November 2008 at Galeri and then onto a group show at Theatr Clwyd in 2009.

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sjh, 'The Bush', etching, 2008. new etching for the British International Miniprint Exhibition

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sjh, 'The Bush', etching, 2008. new etching for the British International Miniprint Exhibition

sjh, 'fragility', digital image in jar, 2009. These are going to Bath for the Birds, Bees and Butterflies exhibition at Chapel Row Gallery

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sjh, 'fragility', digital image in jar, 2009. These are going to Bath for the Birds, Bees and Butterflies exhibition at Chapel Row Gallery

# 28 [11 January 2009]

It's almost a year now since this particular blog started and I feel it has reached it's conclusion. The work has been made, has been shown and is now moving on.

I'll add a couple of images of work for the exhibition at Chapel Row Gallery in Bath and the British International Miniprint Exhibition. 

I have found writing the blog really useful and it has become quite an important part of my creative practice in some ways. The exhibitions at Wrecsam and Caernarfon are now over and the one at Theatr Clwyd is a group show and opens at the end of the month. If you would like to follow my work further I now have a blog on WordPress steffanjoneshughes.wordpress.com

I would also like to point you towards the collaborative blogs from the Regional Print Centre, here on artists talking, which I am involved in. 

In the meantime I think this will be my final post...

THE END

sjh, 'Christmas', etching, 2008.

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sjh, 'Christmas', etching, 2008.

# 27 [28 December 2008]

Haven't written for a while. Have had some good news and some bad news. The bad news is that I got turned down for another Arts Council funding grant. (See earlier in the year) This would have enabled me to develop a series of short films. Sadly this is not to be. I just hope that I'll be able to develop some of the ideas without support, and maybe put in again in 2009.

The good news is that i had a piece accepted at the British International Small Print touring exhibition so I'll have to get printing those before the end of January. I've also had an opportunitiy to show in an exhibition in Bath called Birds Bees and Butterflies at Chapel Row Gallery, which I'm quite excited about. I'm going to do some eggs and bottle pieces for that show.

I've also been writing a wordpress blog and you can see more pictures on my flickr account now. 

The exhibition at Caernarfon finishes 10th January, as does Jeanette's at Flow and then its a group show at Theatr Clwyd at the end of January. 

The next problem will be how to get J's work back from London.!

Bumped into Tim Pugh yesterday in Chester and we had a nice chat in the coffee shop. He's doing something at Cornerhouse this coming year, and also some thing for Wrexham I think.

Anyway workwise I always have a break at this time of year and then get cracking again on New Year's Day. A good way to start the new year. 

 

sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

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sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

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sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

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sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

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sjh, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes', 2008.

# 26 [28 November 2008]

I just thought I would add some extra photos of the Galeri show.

I'm really happy with how it looked. Dawn Worsley and her assistant Owain did a really good job putting it up I thought. So thank you to them. The opening went well. Catrin spoke very nicely about me and my work and there was quite a good turnout. So thank you to them for coming and also Elen the director of Galeri.

 

SJH, 'past present future', mixed, 2008. Photo: sjh.

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SJH, 'past present future', mixed, 2008. Photo: sjh.

sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

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sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

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sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

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sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

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sjh, 'past present future', mixed, 2008.

# 25 [20 November 2008]

The exhibition Argraffiad/Printed opens tomorrow night in Galeri Caernarfon

http://www.galericaernarfon.com/eng/arts.aspx

I've been over there putting things in place and it's starting to look ok, even though I was feeling really rotten with a cough and chest infection, aching etc etc.

The piece Past Present and Future with all the doors etc is up and fills one wall, it's photographic and combines etchings, drypoints, screen, photocopy,and digital. It's a bit like an advent calendar. I hope people like it.

I've included lots of small prints as well as the large ones I had in Wrexham. It has a clean look with a lot of black and white.

anyway, opening's tomorrow night and Catrin Williams is going to open it.

Jeanette Orrell, 'Basket Series', print, 2008. Photo: sjh. in the Flow Gallery

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Jeanette Orrell, 'Basket Series', print, 2008. Photo: sjh. in the Flow Gallery

Jeanette Orrell, 'Chattels', wire wax thread, 2008. Photo: sjh. a group of new pieces in the exhibition

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Jeanette Orrell, 'Chattels', wire wax thread, 2008. Photo: sjh. a group of new pieces in the exhibition

Jeanette Orrell, 'Basket Series', Print, 2008. Photo: sjh. Jeanette avoids the paparazzi

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Jeanette Orrell, 'Basket Series', Print, 2008. Photo: sjh. Jeanette avoids the paparazzi

# 24 [17 November 2008]

Down in London for Jeanette's opening at Flow Gallery and also to see a few people about things at the print centre. Staying with Jeanette's cousin who lives in Henry Tate Mews in Streatham. Interestingly the living room was originally the ballroom and it is thought that this is where Henry Tate first held viewings of his art collection. The Flow exhibition looked really lovely (see my review on interface). Went to Tate Modern yesterday (tea opposite the wonderful Lindsay Duncan) and a trip to the Printroom in Hampstead. Also over to Spitalfields area.

It's Manchester Artists Book Fair today, Heather Prescott has taken everything over there so hopefully that will go well. I've sent over some new book works so we'll see.

Saw a few things I really liked in Tate. One of them a film by Maya Deren, Meshes in the Afternoon. I could really see how this influenced mainstream cinema, including Hitchcock. Really interesting that connection between art film, influencing mainstream cinema, influencing contemporary art such as Douglas Gordon. I want to take aspects of the noir into my own work and have always been inspired by the use of colour (specifically red in The Birds and technicolour in things like Rear Window).

Find visiting London exhausting but incredible. Had tea in Islington with our friends Julie and Douglas. So good to spend a bit of time with them...always wish it could be longer. Listened to some jazz. Saw Buckingham Palace up to Covent Garden... so many options for everything in London. It's just so nice to be based in north Wales but the opportunities open to artists and creative people are so limited compared to London. However, it's interesting that people seem unwilling to travel within London, north to south being seen as too far...

sjh and jo, 'badges', 2008. we've done a whole load of new badges for the artist's book fair.

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sjh and jo, 'badges', 2008. we've done a whole load of new badges for the artist's book fair.

sjh, 'at night i lie awake and listen to the birds singing', book , 2008. volume 1. each book has different images in it. There is text running through it. this is the same in each book.

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sjh, 'at night i lie awake and listen to the birds singing', book , 2008. volume 1. each book has different images in it. There is text running through it. this is the same in each book.

sjh, 'at night i lie awake and listen to the birds singing', book, 2008. this is volume two. each book has different images and this has a different text to volume 1

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sjh, 'at night i lie awake and listen to the birds singing', book, 2008. this is volume two. each book has different images and this has a different text to volume 1

# 23 [21 October 2008]

Well things have been pretty hectic for me the past few weeks. The print centre will have a stand at the Manchester Artists Book Fair which takes place on Saturday 8th November in the Holden Gallery at MMU just off Oxford Road in Manchester. I've got some things to take and i'll add some piccys next to the blog.I can't go because we'll be in London that day. Jeanette's exhibition opens at the Flow Gallery in Notting Hill. I've probably already mentioned it. She's showing with Julie Arkell, who put it together with the gallery, Jessie Chorley (who just opened a shop with her friend Buddug- google them I'm sure you'll find them. The shop's on Columbia Road in London i think), and Cleo Mussi.

Been to two exhibitions this week at Oriel Wrecsam and the Royal Cambrian Academy, check out my reviews in reviews unedited.

Michelle Rowley from Liverpool, who teaches at Wirral Met gave a great 4 sessions on artists books at the centre. Thanks Michelle! It was really interesting to see her collection. We've got Danielle Creenuane and Catherine Kleeli giving workshops next week.

 

sjh, 'Goleuad', photo and print, 2008.

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sjh, 'Goleuad', photo and print, 2008.

sjh, 'Seville', photo and print, 2008.

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sjh, 'Seville', photo and print, 2008.

sjh, 'Minera', photo and print, 2008.

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sjh, 'Minera', photo and print, 2008.

sjh, 'Goleuad', photo and print, 2008.

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sjh, 'Goleuad', photo and print, 2008.

# 22 [25 September 2008]

Wasn't feeling too good today, Just thought I would add these images of some new work that I'm doing for MY Galeri exhibition which is after Jeanette's in November/December ( I think it opens on 21st November) when she's showing at the Flow Gallery in Notting Hill.

I've been looking at an old abandoned printworks next to Galeri and using that as a starting point, also have always loved Advent Calendars, and wanted to use other buildings I like, such as places in Venice, where we went thanks to Wales Arts International to see the Bienalle, Seville, an old tin chapel near Minera, a building in Llanberis at the Dinorwig Quarry.

 

jeanette orrell, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes'. Photo: sjh. work going up in Galeri, Caernarfon

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jeanette orrell, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes'. Photo: sjh. work going up in Galeri, Caernarfon

jeanette orrell, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes'. Photo: sjh. work going up in Galeri, Caernarfon

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jeanette orrell, 'Steffan Jones-Hughes'. Photo: sjh. work going up in Galeri, Caernarfon

# 21 [23 September 2008]

Back at work now, in the print centre in Wrexham. the exhibition seems to be going ok... heard a comment on the radio the other day about Universal Indifference and sometimes it feels like that, though I have had a feature in Golwg Magazine, and the show was used as a backdrop for an interview of S4C due to screen early october, and Pam wrote a nice review in Interface and yesterday Printmaking Today came out and there's a feature in there too.The comments have generally been positive and I had a really nice email from someone who had been really moved by it and who'd been back 3 times.

The show has not been listed, which is a shame, but some exhibitions in Bangor and somewhere else finish this week so maybe there will finally be room for the Welsh "W"s in the Guide. 

Jeanette's exhibition "delineated" opens on Friday at Galeri in Caernarfon. She has made a beautiful suite of prints for the show and some of the work which was damaged and has been repaired at the Conservation Centre in Liverpool will be shown for the first time. Her exhibition at the Flow Gallery in Notting Hill is in November, she's showing there with Jessie Chorley (studio/shop opens on Columbia Road on Friday), Julie Arkell (who has curated the show) and i think Cleo Mussi, who makes mosaics.

We had a really good workshop at the print centre started last saturday in anticipation of our stand at the Manchester Book Art Fair in November. Michelle Rowley, from Wirral Met, came over with her private collection of artist's books and we looked at different book forms. 

# 20 [2 September 2008]

Thanks for coming to:

Iolo Williams, Gwenno Jones, Philip Hughes, Mary Cunnah, Tim Pugh (and friend, who's name i always forget...give me a kick next time and remind me), Ian Williams, Alison Craig, Paul Croft (thank you thank you), Jason Hicklin (and thrice thank you), Dewi Lloyd (always a pleasure), Hayley Parfitt (i don't know you but thanks for the comment), Luci Melegari and Marcus Thomas, Christine Toh, Sheena Bain and husband,  Karen Whittingham/O'Shea (Fulham Brass indeed), Pam Newall, Dave Paddy, Jim, Stu, Elin, Francine, Andy, Kate's Dad (Richard), Simon, Eirian Llwyd and Diane, Veronica Callarco, Simon Kensdale and Carmen, Ken Gowers, Waterfields (one and all), June, Judith Ferns, Simon, Zena, Tracy Simpson (thanks for giving me the show), Jane Horowicz, Linda Davies, Jill Teague, Primmy and Shaun, Christine Toh and Family, Lesley James, Tara Dean, Pat Cooke and everyone else who came: you know who you are, but i was beside myself with nerves so forgive me for not checking you personally.

Thank you.

# 19 [2 September 2008]

Had a day in the City of Culture on Sunday for a return visit on the last day to the Gustaf Klimt exhibition at Tate Liverpool. I enjoyed it more the second time as i didn't allow myself to linger in the first few rooms and focused instead on the drawings and paintings and Josef Hoffman's rug designs. it was so busy. I took my ipod so i was able to block most of the distraction out. Then walked up into town through the vastly improved Liverpool 1 shopping area. I remember when to walkfrom the Albert Dock into town was across a wasteland and you felt that someday somebody would have to do something about this. Well they have and it's so much better.

Went up to the Bluecoat which has been re-whatevered. I like the sanctity of the space. Saw a really good green space outside and used the free wifi. Can really recommend the coffee. The exhibition was ok but not really my thing, though i did enjoy the sound work with sand and the coffee cups.

Did an interview with Golwg magazine yesterday morning. Spent ages last night trying to get Jeanette's statement and stuff together for her exhibition at Galeri in Caernarfon, and my stuff for Theatr Clwyd in Mold. Keep forgetting that the group exhibition opens in Ucheldre, Holyhead on Friday.

OH! and found out on Friday that everything in my office had to be removed for fumigation thanks to that bloody pigeon! (see earlier blog). apparently we had an infestation eughhhh!

Am in the process of writing thank yous to people for my birthday but could I just say thanks to everyone who came on Friday.

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Steffan Jones-Hughes

Visual artist based in North Wales, also run the Regional Print Centre at Yale College in Wrexham, and juggle lots of different things usually all at the same time. Don't always manage and find it hard to walk AND talk.