Waterweek 2017

Curated by Clare Whistler and Charlotte Still
25th-31st March
A week of pond events and ponderings on water in East Sussex
Events here

wild pond“Wild Man, Wild Woman, Iron Water”

Copses fringe the iron tinted ponds across the county. Our landscape is an interplay of wood, iron and water. The Wild Men or Green Men were the ones who slipped into the woods after the Norman Conquest and resisted. A Wild Man and a Wild Woman stand in Brede church.

water week 2017

Currently exhibiting

society-of-wood-engravers-79th-at-north-wall-oxford-pvSociety of Wood Engravers 79th annual exhibition at North Wall Gallery Oxford,
9 November – 2 December

Creative Christmas at Hastings Arts Forum,
1-23 December
Creative Christmas is a curated show, exhibitors are selected based on the quality and uniqueness of their work, ensuring a broad range of beautiful, high quality artefacts.

Drawings made for the Women’s Peace Crusade film by Ali Ronan and the Clapham Film Unit. Next screening Tue 28 February 2017.

emily-johns_illustrated-bookLinocuts for a pamphlet, Four Poems from Saying it with Flowers makes imaginative connections between lives of plants and human actions.The poems, in settings of fear and danger, inspired the composer David Loxley-Blounts’s compostion DuoSet, four pieces for organ and solo instruments. The first performances took place at St Lawrence Jewry, in the City of London, as part of a series of concerts in October 2016. Pamphlet available from Hearing Eye.

“Emily Johns’ linocut illustration is as powerful and expansive as the texts that follow.” Joan Michelson, review in London Grip

Extended until 2 October

A letter to the editor

A letter to the paper

Currently I have work in the East Sussex Open at the Towner, Eastbourne. Budapest, Northern Ireland, Essex. Jews, gypsies, migrants. ‘A letter to the paper from my father’ was made to mark the eviction of Dale Farm.

Emily Johns: The Politics of Print

Print Festival Scotland 2016

Roseangle Arts Cafe Gallerypolice spies out of lives
17 Roseangle

Monday 30th May to Saturday 2nd July
open 10am to 4pm Monday to Saturday

Artists talk evening of Thursday 30th June.

Politics of Print
This set of prints spans 20 years with their roots in my involvement with direct action against the first Gulf War. They come from practical political action intertwined with the practical work of cutting and scratching and inking of surfaces. Printmaking has always been the art form that belongs to political movements: images that need to communicate strong thoughts and feelings; images that can be reproduced quickly and easily; images that can assert again and again that we think through pictures when we are reaching for humanity and poetry. Controlling the printing press is like controlling the megaphone.

Drawn to Witness

16-29 May
Memorial Art Gallery
7 Cambridge Rd, Hastings TN34 1DJ

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I have been drawing the changes in Hollington Valley nature reserve over the last year, from the end of one winter to the end of the next, as a struggle takes place between Seachange Sussex, Hastings Council and environmental campaigners about the building of another road. Not your idyllic Spring Watch in a Sussex bluebell wood but an observation of the processes that drive out protected species to prepare the land for tarmac. The drawing is a record of place, an act of witness of a heavy footprint, a capturing of spirit; it bears an imprint of conversations with local walkers, security guards, and residents of Emmaus.

See news report in Hastings Observer of how to draw surrounded by security guards

St Leonards Edgelands

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‘St Leonards Edgelands’ is a print installation, part of Point of Decay, made for the launch event of Coastal Currents Arts Festival in Bottle Alley, St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, curated by Zeroh.

Bottle Alley runs along the southernmost edge of St Leonards and has decayed physically and socially since it was built in the 1930s. The images of caryatids and incident tape tie the coastal edge of the town to its northern edgeland, Hollington Valley nature reserve, which has been until a couple of months ago a home to animal, plant and human populations. Now it has been felled to make way for a road, two roundabouts and industrial estates. Edgelands are full of riches of one sort and another. Biodiversity or ‘development’ potential epnding upon your perspective. A legal challenge to preserve the northern edgeland has been launched. The prints on the southern edgeland decayed, peeled, and have now been removed.


The Tribunal

Continuing the celebration of anti-war activists of the First World War with a poster for Catherine Marshall, Violet Tillard, Joan Beauchamp and Lydia Smith who all worked to produce the No Conscription Fellowship newspaper The Tribunal. Violet Tillard, Joan Beauchamp were imprisoned for refusing to disclose the name of the editors and printers.