WHAT WE DO
Scene & Word is fund-raising for the launch of the Jonah Jones Prize (Gwobr Jonah Jones), a new award for young artists.
Scene & Word campaigns to save major public artworks by Jonah Jones endangered by new development plans or at risk from demolition or degradation. We worked with experts from the Architectural Glass Centre (AGC) at Swansea College of Art to remove the huge wall sculpture Y Bont (shown here in safe storage) from the condemned student tower block of the former Coleg Harlech, since when we have campaigned to find the sculpture a new home in Wales. In partnership with the AGC we are now working with the Diocese of Wrexham to relocate twelve dalle de verre windows from the closed Catholic church in Morfa Nefyn to another church within the diocese. A leading conservation expert and former AGC Coordinator, Alun Adams, is a member of our board of directors.
CONSERVING AND RESTORING
Scene & Word strives to conserve and restore smaller works by Jonah Jones in public or private ownership whose condition has deteriorated. We arranged with experts at the Lampeter Campus of the University of Wales Trinity St David to restore two of his more important late sculptures, Bethel 1 (Jacob at Peniel) and Bethel 2, for a centennial exhibition in 2019. Another weather-damaged sculpture, Unfurling, donated by the estate of a former patron, is stored at Lampeter awaiting restoration.
Scene & Word works closely with art galleries to organise exhibitions of work by Jonah Jones. We have helped to curate retrospective exhibitions of his work at the National Museum Wales, Cardiff (‘The Word’, 2013) and Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli (a centennial show of his lifetime output, 2019), donating extensively from Scene & Word’s and our directors’ collections. Watercolour inscriptions have also been exhibited at Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen, and Gregynog Hall, Tregynon, Newtown.
Scene & Word has launched an online gallery, Oriel Jonah Jones, with the long-term aim of collecting, classifying and displaying images of his entire body of work:
- Other media.
Scene & Word publishes books, watercolour prints, digital content and other media by and about Jonah Jones. Our list includes a limited edition collectors’ set, An Artist’s Life in Wales, comprising three fine full-size watercolour prints, a handbound book and a CD of rare digital materials and TV footage; The Gregynog Journals, a new book based on the artist’s illustrated journals; and a budget series of smaller Giclée prints on art paper. More books, prints and other objects are planned.
Scene & Word creates and contributes original content about Jonah Jones for publishers, radio and TV. His son Peter Jones, one of our directors, is the author of the biography Jonah Jones: An Artist’s Life and an edited collection of letters, Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objector, both published by Seren Books. Peter and other directors have contributed to TV and radio features by BBC Radio Cymru, S4C and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales.
Scene & Word welcomes invitations to talk publicly about Jonah Jones. His biographer Peter Jones has lectured at Bangor University, National Museum Wales, the Contemporary Art Society for Wales, Cardiff Central Library, Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw and elsewhere.
Scene & Word has donated important archival materials relating to Jonah Jones to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.