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.
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.