Approved: 27.08.2007

Hester Jones

Artist, Writer

Approved: 27.08.2007

My practice incorporates photography, video, installation, sound, found images, text and objects to probe gender roles and hierarchical structures in patriarchal society. I am inspired by Zen, Neuroscience, Arte Povera and Eco-feminism to explore human and animal consciousness and analogous behaviours and emotions such as empathy, play, fear, joy, grief and anxiety.  My work draws inspiration from C J Adam's theory of the absent referent. I am committed also to working in the area of Arts and Health. 

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Artist Statement

My practice incorporates photography, video, installation, sound, found images, text and objects to probe gender roles and hierarchical structures in patriarchal society. I am inspired by Zen, Neuroscience, Arte Povera and Eco-feminism to explore human and animal consciousness and analogous behaviours and emotions such as empathy, play, fear, joy, grief and anxiety.  My work draws inspiration from C J Adam's theory of the absent referent. I am committed also to working in the area of Arts and Health. 

I have a strong track record leading participatory photography projects. A Show of Hands which was an artist residency in a London care home populated by over 30 people living with dementia and other mental health needs, led by Westminster Arts, funded by Arts Council England and the NHS. In summer 2012 I led 8 photography workshops for people with early stage dementia and their carers at the Photographers' Gallery London. I am developing my dementia arts project through a global art exchange between people living with dementia, part of Michaelangelo Pistoletto's Third Paradise / Rebirth-Day 2014

I have exhibited and published in the UK and abroad including shows at Curzon Cinema Soho, Brighton Photo Fringe, Bath Royal Literary & Scientific Institute, Barbican Arts Trust, Krakow Photomonth and Photomonth East London. In 2015 I will show work at the National Museum of Animals & Society, LA, USA, with 14 international artists to commemorate Carol J Adam's 25th Anniversary of The Sexual Politics of Meat; with my writing and photographs published in the accompanying The Art of the Animal.



CV & Education


2008 - 2009                 MA Photography, London College of Communication
2006 - 2007                 Postgraduate Certificate: Professional Photography, Central St Martins 
1997 - 2002                 BA (hons) 2:1 Modern Languages – English & Italian, University of Westminster
1999 - 2000                 Erasmus Arts & Language Programme - DAMS University of Bologna,  Italy

Exhibitions & Projects

The Sexual Politics of Meat Carol J Adams, 25th Anniversary, Autumn at The National Museum of Animals & Society, Los Angeles, USA
Group show with 15 international artists curated by Katherine Eddy, Janell O'Rourke, LA Watson and Abbie Rogers
MMMother at The Darnley Gallery, East London - group exhibition / 23-27 March / National Women's History Month

Third Paradise / Rebirth-Day  International art event founded by Michaelangleo Pistoletto - Handkind dementia arts project in London November 21st
Take Me To Your Heaven July at Atrium Space / Barbican Arts Trust.  
Exhibition with Elisa Noguera showing work in response to the 'domesticated.'
Twine at Doomed Gallery East London
Group interdisciplinary show in October as part of Photomonth 2014

A Show of Hands at the Cockpit Theatre as part of Arts in Wellbeing Week November
Slaughtered at The Smithfield Tavern 8 Oct- 3 Nov show with Sylvie Goy of conceptual and social documentary works inspired by Smithfield Meat Market, part of Photomonth 2012 East London Photography Festival.
London Arts Challenge / Inspire 2012 at Photographers’ Gallery Facilitator of 8 summer photography workshops with Arts 4 Dementia to people with early stage dementia and carers. Other A4D workshops held at Wallace Collection, Kenwood House, Dulwich Picture Gallery, National Portrait Gallery etc.
Dream World in exhibition at Westmead Elderly Resource Centre. Earlier work about childhood and fairy tales utilized for arts program to engage people living with dementia.

The Body Project at Glasshouse Gallery/Herbert Museum Coventry
Group interdisciplinary show curated by Dr Lucy Aphramor. The Venus Effect, interactive participatory piece exhibited to engage schools and educational groups.
Body Culture at Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institute 
Group interdisciplinary show organized by Kerrie O’Connell and Dr Emma Rich.
Perfection: Utopia of Women at Moyaworld Vienna
An exhibition of 21 international artists.
Woman as Photographer: Picturing Life as a Woman
Mpls Photo Center Minneapolis USA
Juried Exhibition (Christina Chang) of international women photographers.
Trans-Siberian Art Center – Moscow to Beijing
A Kitchen Project. Exhibition of international emerging artists on a 6 day train journey from Moscow to Beijing.

Home Truths at Brighton Photo Fringe 
Non-Fiction Together Our Space Gallery, London
Slidenite Krakow Photomonth, Poland
Caged Bird Sings Bare/not Projects, Crypt Gallery, St Pancras, London

A Pocketful of Magic Lord Mayor’s Parlor, Westminster, London
MA Photography 09 Final Exhibition London College of Communication
Myths & Fairy Tales / Photomonth 09 Viewfinder Gallery Greenwich

Dream World solo exhibition at Curzon Cinema Soho London
Dream World solo exhibition at Royal Commonwealth Society London
Photo Open Photomonth Pavilion East London Photography Festival
Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner SW1 Gallery London

Strikethrough at the Trafalgar Hotel, London
Crop at Central Saint Martins School of Art & Design, London


The Art of the Animal, Lantern Press NY USA, June 2015.
Feature Shoot - Online Photography Magazine, USA, March 2014
Muybridges Horse - Animal Photography blog curated by Emma Kisiel, February 2014
Mom Egg Review: A Show of Hands featured in printed review of online magazine New York USA, 2014
My Home Life London - A Show of Hands featured in a 'newspaper to share and inspire best practice in care homes' 2013
Beyond school boundaries: new health imperatives, families and schools Dr Emma Rich published in Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education Volume 33Issue 5, 2012 Special Issue: The impact of the new health imperatives on educational policy and schooling 
Birbeck University Studies in the Maternal scholarly e-journalVol 3 issue 2, 2011
Mom Egg: CALL YOURSELF A MOTHER online literary magazine New York USA, 2011
Woman as Photographer: Picturing Life as a Woman Mpls Photo Centre, made in USA, 2011
Reviewfinder 2009/10 Viewfinder Gallery, Catalogue 2010
Brighton Photo Fringe Catalogue October 2010
A Pocketful of Magic December 2009 
Myths & Fairy Tales Viewfinder Catalogue, October 2009
Photomonth 09 East London Photo Festival Catalogue, October 2009
City Pictorial Magazine China 2009
British Journal of Photography Project Assistance Awards, June 2008

Residencies & Awards:

2014 UNIDEE Artist-in-residence at Cittadellarte Biella, Fondazione Pistoletto, Italy. October 6-17th.
2012 A Show of Hands Commissioned by Westminster Arts funded by Arts Council England, NHS, Care UK and Resonate – an artist residency working with people living with dementia and other mental health needs at London care home to produce a publication/exhibition of portraits of older people’s hands with their collated life stories.
2012 Shortlisted for inaugural Artist-in-Residence programme at Cortinthia Hotel London, by Arts Co, selected with 20 artists from over 1,000 long-listed from British art schools.
2011 Creative Enterprise Awards short-listed for Best Social Enterprise or Ethical Business at ECCA University of the Arts London for work that empowers children and young people with SEN and other mental health needs through photography projects.
2011 MaMSIE Maternal Studies Department Birbeck University Runner Up Prize Maternal Subjectivities: Digital Media Competition, presented at Care and Labour Conference University of Birbeck, May 2011
2010 Art Slant Juried Winner
2010 Salon Contemporary Artist of the Week
2010 Resonate led by Westminster Arts funded by Westminster NHS trained with 5 other artists, selected from 200+ applicants, to help improve the lives of people with mental health problems including dementia. Included collaborative photography & drawing workshops with artist Peter Wardle at the National Portrait Gallery Archives and training at the Royal Academy.
2007 Westminster Arts Photography Bursary Award – to realize participatory photography project, Dream World, exploring fairy tales, racial and cultural identities, with 30 primary school children in London, and solo exhibition at Curzon Cinema Soho.

Public Commissions:

2011 Body Culture Project -The Venus Effect an interactive participatory artwork. Commissioned by Kerrie O’Connell and Dr Emma Rich to make work in response to the researches of Dr Rich et al at the Universities of Bath and Loughborough, about childhood under surveillance, eating disorders, and the negative relationships children and young women have to their bodies. 
2009 Westminster Arts commission A Pocketful of Magic collaboration with writer Dzifa Benson, choreographer Greta Mendez, and older people in London, to realize photographic and literary publication inspired by fairy tales,working with The Wallace Collection London.

Workshop Facilitator, Photographer & Photography Tutor:

2013-Present Open Age Outreach Worker and facilitator of art and social activities, gallery and museum visits; promoting positive aging in Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, Westminster, Hammersmith & Fulham. Includes photo workshops with education department at Kensington Palace.
2012 Arts 4 Dementia at Photographers’ Gallery London Leader of 8 weekly workshops to people diagnosed with early stage dementia and carers. Photographer of all art programs including National Portrait GalleryDulwich Picture GalleryLeighton HouseWallace CollectionCadogan HallPrince of Wales Theatre, Green Candle Dance Studio, Kenwood House.
2012 Mind-in-Mid-Herts Photography Tutor. HAFLS.
2007-2013 HCS Careers Working with various mainstream & SEN schools and groups including delivery of Creative & Media Diploma, and on Opportunity Days every summer facilitating Photography career workshops to kids with SEN.

Public Talks & Presentations:

2012 Photographers Gallery - cafe talk about Smithfield Meat Market photography
2012 Cadogan Hall with Arts 4 Dementia - presentation of photography programme to service users and providers 

Collections & Libraries:

The Sirrell Collection Westminster Arts London
The University of Bath, UK
MaMSIE Digital Visual Arts Library, University of Birbeck London.