Approved: 19.01.2015

Leona Jones

Artist, Maker, Writer

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Approved: 19.01.2015

I relish exploring boundaries and frontiers.  All work, I believe, should be a series of interrogations rather than the application of pre-existing solutions.  However, my ‘call and response’ method requires a constant editing process.  Nothing is boiled down to facile certainties.  I shy away from reiterating what I already know and do.

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    Artist Statement

    I relish exploring boundaries and frontiers.  All work, I believe, should be a series of interrogations rather than the application of pre-existing solutions.  However, my ‘call and response’ method requires a constant editing process.  Nothing is boiled down to facile certainties.  I shy away from reiterating what I already know and do.


    It is vital to locate work in wider contexts, ie practice (my own and others) and theory (What ideas are inherent in my work? Where do they come from? Who else explores them?), as well as socio-politico-cultural contexts (Where and how does this work function in the context of the past/present and future of the everyday?).  I hold strong to the role of imagination in creating us ‘human’, questioning where it sits in an increasingly consumerist and bureaucratised society.  In many ways I centre myself around Samuel Beckett’s comment - ‘to find a form that accommodates the mess, that is the task of the artist now’.  What is important to me is to keep searching amongst the significative force of material, location, context and form, to open up and share myriad possibilities.

    CV & Education

    November 2013 - November 2014

    in audible: The Baroque Cello Project development of sound-led installation with performances following the handcrafting of a Baroque cello.  In collaboration with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson, luthier Adam Winskill, and image maker Jeff Chapman.  Funding for development awarded by Arts Council England, and development supported by Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, and Arcadecardiff, Cardiff, UK.

    October 2014

    The Hills are Alive fleeting 'radio' broadcast from a temporary mountain picnic site, part of GMP's project Free Mountain for Cardiff Contemporary 2014 visual art festival.  With Aderyn String Quartet.

    May - June 2014

    Member of Stanza multi-disciplinary group formed to produce collective ephemeral work in situ over a weekend in response to Still Points: Moving World  exhibition and a Victorian magic lantern.  Also showed Dark Lantern, a work that invited interaction from observers and explored ideas around the censorship inherent in the re-configuring of works of literature thus rendering the original text unreadable.  Exhibition curated by Fay Stevens for Fringe Arts Bath 2014.

    September - December 2013

    Otto's Notebook, p 37 audio digital literature work made for Chercher le Texte electronic literature conference and festival in Paris, France, 23 - 28 September 2013.  In collaboration with Robert Kalman, Germany.  The work was part of the Virtual Gallery which was accessible on the internet until December 2013, and conference papers and works have been stored in the electronic literature archive at University of Bergen, Norway.  Funding to enable Leona's participation granted by Wales Arts International.

    July 2013

    In Fire Wild voice/text/sound performance in collaboration with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson, part of 34 Bristols event linking artists and organisations during a weekend throughout Bristol city centre.  Commissioned by Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, UK.

    June 2013

    birdsong soundscape (a development of FREE, see below), installed in Pontardawe Arts Centre, South Wales, to welcome audience to live broadcast from 2013 Glyndebourne Festival.

    May - June 2013

    autotelica audio installation and Room to Read community reading aloud event, part of In Other Words exhibition exploring the future of writing, curated by Rowan Lear for Fringe Arts Bath 2013.

    April 2013

    Performed presentation on Voice given at Tertulia, Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol, as part of 4 Days event on spoken word.

    March 2013

    Wolf and fragment text pieces with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson, and text collaboration with poet Susan Richardson, performed at an environmental book launch event in Cardiff.

    March - May 2013

    idderwirds projected image with text showing in Shetland Museum & Archives, Lerwick, Shetland Islands, UK.

    February 2013

    FREE site specific audio installation re-contextualised for One Billion Rising, a global day of action calling for the end of violence against women and girls,  sited throughout Pontardawe Arts Centre, South Wales, as part of an evening charity event.

    November 2012

    FREE site specific audio installation re-contextualised for Butetown History and Arts Centre, Cardiff, as part of Women's Arts Association Annual Exhibition.

    October - November 2012

    On Edge soundwork created for The Witching Hour sonic art project at Goat Major Project, Cardiff.

    October 2012

    FREE site specific audio installation, and iced texts block and imminence, displayed in, and Room to Read community reading aloud event organised for Made in Roath arts festival, Cardiff.

    September 2012

    ...UMm final show for MA Performance Writing, an exploration of Voice using text, sound, movement, image, and the spaces of Performance Centre, University College Falmouth, UK.

    May 2012

    Iced texts block and imminence displayed, text and movement piece Clouds performed with Movement Artist Nina Wara Villanueva Rance, and walking game Crow's Feet developed, all contributions to PW12 performance writing weekend at Arnolfini Gallery, Bristol.

    November 2011

    sotto voce soundscape response to the painting series My Mother's Sewing Box by Jacqueline Alkema, shown with the paintings in Arcade Artspace, Cardiff.

    November 2011

    Short sound pieces and re-mix autotelica, part of Audio Corpse collaborative sound game project published with Patricide 4: The Sound of Surrealism journal, ed Neil Coombs.

    October 2011

    cont...ing soundscape, part of In(ex)teriors exhibition with the multi-media art collaborative ArTrA, shown in Made in Roath arts festival, Cardiff.

    September - October 2011

    Frère Jacques text piece commissioned by artist Richard Higlett for his exhibition Welcome to Your World in g39 at The Dairy, Cardiff.

    June 2011 - March 2013

    Travel Writing co-created online tracking project.  Twenty-eight books by Rhondda writer Ron Berry were placed by volunteers at sites across Britain, along with the invitation to pick them up, read, then re-place elsewhere or keep.  Finders were invited to report the books' whereabouts for tracking on an online map.  the project closed after no contacts had been made for six months.  Two books found new homes, ten were tracked across the country before disappearing - one for three moves.  The longest single journey of a book was from Cardiff to Consett in Co Durham.

    May - June 2011

    Teach the Skeleton to Dance text piece commissioned by artists Antony Mottershead and Melissa Hinkin as part of their project Where Do We Go To Be Healed? in Fringe Arts Bath 2011.

    April - May 2011

    Song at the Years' Transforming response to the work of early twentieth century photographer DC Harries, comprising video with soundscape and sculptures, in collaboration with artist Richard Higlett, shown in The Gallery, Coleg Sir Gâr, Carmarthen, West Wales.

    March 2011

    Performer in The Vagina Monologues, Pontardawe Arts Centre, to raise money for anti-violence charities.

    March 2011

    Flare! celebration of 100th International Women's Day.  A network of public and private events set up by women for women all linked by happening on 5 March between 12 noon and 12.30 pm, connecting women in countries across Europe and Australia, built by one-to-one contact rather than mass electronic mailings.  Devised by Leona, and facilitated in collaboration with Jules Heavens.

    February 2011

    In to Bat humorous short play performed by CADS drama society, Cowbridge, South Wales.

    November 2010 - January 2011

    Phantasien video and sound installation in collaboration with artist Richard Higlett, shown in TestBed, Oriel Davies, Newtown, Powys.

    June 2010

    Reader/performer of selection of own work at Gestival, an evening showcase of monologues and dialogues in Cardiff.

    May 2010

    Initiator of and participant in Room to Read community reading aloud event in public space outside Central Library, Cardiff, where an open invitation invited people to create an inverted mirror image of the library.  Full details www.readingvolumes.co.uk.  On-going.

    March 2010

    Producer of, and performer in, hour-long word and music slot in celebration of International Women's Day afternoon in Pontardawe Arts Centre, South Wales.

    January 2010

    Reader/performer of Wolf and On the Offensive text pieces at music event in Cardiff.  In collaboration with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson.

    December 2009

    Reader/writer of A Measure on Measure for Measure scripted interview with William Shakespeare, for Cardiff Shakespeare Readers.

    September 2009

    Reader/performer of Wolf at music event in Cardiff.  In collaboration with musician Siôn Dafydd Dawson.

    September 2009

    Syzygy multi-media theatre play using text, dance, projection and digital technology.
    Comments by readers at Soho Theatre, London: 'an exciting and ambitious piece', 'unique and imaginative voice'.  Comment by National Theatre Wales: 'a really exciting project'.

    June 2009

    Producer and reader of selection of own prose work, part of hour-long lunchtime events programme in The Riverfront Theatre, Newport, Gwent.  In collaboration with novelist Jo Verity.

    March 2009

    Reader/performer of prose piece Hickory Dickory Dare as part of International Women's Day celebrations in Pontardawe Arts Centre, South Wales.

    February 2009

    Reader/performer of extract from As Words Go experimental prose work on Glanfa Stage, Wales Millennium Centre, Cardiff, as part of new writing evening.

    April - June 2008

    A Home in Distant Stars podcast collaboration with visual artist Richard Higlett, broadcast on Daily Constitutional - Soundcast lll web publication for artists using sound.

    November 2007 - January 2008

    A Fable from Loners' Island prose piece commissioned by Mermaid and Monster contemporary art agency to accompany their Loners' Island exhibition at g39 Art Gallery, Cardiff.

    September 2007

    You Mothers experimental prose piece published in international literary magazine Tears in the Fence (No 46), ed David Caddy.

    June - July 2007

    Unbound filmed first pages from fictitious books in a variety of genres, a collaboration with artist Richard Higlett, examining the relationship of literature and cinema.  Screened before film showings at Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff.

    March 2007

    Reader/performer of Armchair Expert monologue in Swansea dialect at WomenCentreStage event, Dylan Thomas Theatre, Swansea.

    February 2006

    Invited participant in Sparks Radio Scheme, held annually by BBC in London.  Three-minute radio play Scrambled professionally rehearsed and recorded (to listen use playbar at end of this page).  Invitation offered as result of unsolicited full-length radio drama As Far As Words Are Heard submitted to BBC Writers' Room, London, and subsequently pitched for Radio 4.
    Comments on As Far As Words Are Heard by readers at BBC Writersroom: 'an impressive piece of radio writing'; 'the writer's use of language is particularly strong'; 'entertaining, well-observed and humorous'; 'vivid, lyrical, engaging'.

    June 2005 - January 2006

    Rose Pink Road autobiographical digital story broadcast on BBC 2W as part of Streets of Cardiff series.  Also published on BBC website, and shown in Cardiff Centenary Exhibition, Old Library, Cardiff.

    December 2003

    Rudolph! full-length Christmas cartoon drama for radio, recorded by and broadcast twice on gtfm Open Access radio station serving Rhondda Cynon Taf.  Repeated Christmases 2004 and 2005.
    Comment by reader at BBC Wales: 'characters came off the page strongly, with real 'life' and charm... a distinctive tone.'  Comment by professional playwright: 'writes with great imagination...at times almost magical'.

    December 2003

    A Night Before Christmas published in Cambrensis - Short Story: Wales magazine, ed Arthur Smith.

    July 2003

    Bacon Butty monologue in Swansea dialect published in Cambrensis - Short Story: Wales magazine, ed Arthur Smith.

    March 2003

    Small World autobiographical prose piece published in Changing Times anthology, ed Deirdre Beddoe, pub Honno.