Approved: 16.08.2006

Theresa Easton

Community worker, Gallery educator, Maker, Project manager

Approved: 16.08.2006

Printmaking and artist’s books provide a platform for Easton’s interpretation of social history and cultural commentary.  As an artist with a socially engaged practice, Easton enjoys a collaborative approach to making artwork and developing ideas alongside participants.  Community participation and political activism features as a driving force in her work.  Easton is one of the founding members of Artists’ Union England, a newly formed trade union for visually & applied artists and artists with a socially engaged practice.

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    Printmaking and artist’s books provide a platform for Easton’s interpretation of social history and cultural commentary.  As an artist with a socially engaged practice, Easton enjoys a collaborative approach to making artwork and developing ideas alongside participants.  Community participation and political activism features as a driving force in her work.  Easton is one of the founding members of Artists’ Union England, a newly formed trade union for visually & applied artists and artists with a socially engaged practice.

    Heritage interpretation plays an important part in Theresa Easton's practice. Easton is interested in exploring cultural and historical episodes using contemporary printmaking processes. Central to Easton's creative practice is the role of printmaking. Easton is interested in pushing the boundaries in printmaking and working with alternative materials to paper. Using printing techniques with glass, ceramics, brick clay and metal, Easton explores the inherent qualities of the material. Easton delivers regular workshops in printmaking & bookbinding from her studio in the heart of the cultural quarter of Newcastle, in the Ouseburn Valley.

    CV & Education

    Projects, Commissions & Residencies

    2018             Festival of Thrift & PROCESSIONS 2018

    2017-18        Senate House, University London, Queer between the Covers’

    2017             Freedom on Tyne; banner making.

    2017           Navigator North & Festival of Thrift, Latest Edition.

    2014 -2017     Co-Project Organiser                 Artists Book Market BALTIC

    2017         Creaive Journeys, November Club & Lit & Phil

    2016             BookWorks & Freedom Festival: Beyond Words publication.

    2016              Commissioned Artist                 Jarrow Library: Shakespeare Banner celebration working with   young people with autism to design and create a banner based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.

     

    2015-2016      Artist in Residence                    Robert Smail’s Printing Works, Innerleithen.  Working with the community, visitors, volunteers & staff at Smail’s to access archival material and transform into a body work celebrating 150 years of the jobbing press; working on site in the printing works & continuing studio practice.

     

    2015-16          Commissioned Artist                 Hartlepool Remembered & Leeds University: Contemporary

    Scrap Book based on the First World War bombardment of Hartlepool, collecting & documenting memories suing drop-in sessions, interviews and mail art.

     

    2015              Commissioned Artist                 Weeping Window Woodhorn Museum, visitor engagement project capturing personal, emotional responses to the installation and curating the responses into an exhibition.

    Qualifications

    2007 MA Glass                                                                        Sunderland University   

    2001 Post Graduate Certificate in Education                               New College Durham

    1998 BA Fine Art (Hons)                                                           University of East London

    International Group & Touring Exhibitions & Fairs

    Absence & Presence                                      2015-2016 Touring group exhibition; USA & UK.

    Architecture, Art & Landscape                         2014 Museum-Reserve Tsaritsyno, Moscow

    Liber Libero, Milan                                          2013 Artists’ Book Market

    Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here                       2013 USA tour

    Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair & Conference  2012 Washington DC

    Selected Group & Solo Shows

    Queer Between the Covers                              2018 Senate House Library, University London

    Latest Edition                                                 2017-2018 Touring group exhibition

    Middlesbrough Weekender                             2017 Fahrenheit Book Store poster zines.

    System Gallery, Newcastle                              2017 Group exhibition in response to human migration.

    St Ronan’s Well, Innerleithen                           2016 Celebratory 150 year Robert Smails broadsides & chap books

    Newcastle Arts Centre                         2015 Pulled Print club

    International Print Biennial                              2014 36 Lime Street Gallery, printed bricks and broadsides.

    Liverpool Artists’ Book Fair                                2014 Liverpool Central Library, Contemporary Artists’ Books.

    London Print Studio & London Design Festival 2013 Unfold, A Celebration of Contemporary Artists Books & Design

    The Gallery, Gateshead Library                        2013, Novel Book Art Exhibition for the Fest NE

    The Globe Gallery                                           2013 Dear Angel, commissioned artist, printed broadsides

    The McGuiness Gallery, Bishop Auckland        2013 Large scale Etchings & The Sunderland Book Project

    The Last Chapter, Sheffield                             2013 Artist’s book installation

    Crown Street Gallery, Darlington                      2012 Art & Library Closures collide in this book art exhibition.

    Pushing Print, Margate                                      2012 Print & print related series of events & exhibitions.