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11th December 2018

Article on book of Jonah Jones letters published by Cardiff magazine

Whitchurch and Llandaff Living has published a two-page, 1,500-word article by Peter Jones about the newly published book Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objector by Jonah Jones. The magazine circulates 6,000 copies in north-west Cardiff.
7th September 2018

‘Dear Mona’: a new book by Jonah Jones

On 8 October Seren Books published Dear Mona, a new book by Jonah Jones and his son and biographer Peter Jones. The new book was launched before an invited audience at Insole Court, Llandaff on Wednesday 14 November 2018. In the words of the announcement on the Seren Books website […]
16th June 2018

Jonah Jones centennial exhibition at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw

2019 will be Jonah’s centennial year and to celebrate it a lifetime retrospective exhibition of his work is being organised at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, for six weeks from 27 January to 17 March 2019. The wide-ranging show will include examples of his sculptures, paintings, lettering and glass from […]
8th June 2018

Jonah Jones artwork to be removed from Morfa Nefyn church

The Catholic Church of the Resurrection of Our Saviour, which contains dalle de verre windows and a mosaic by Jonah Jones, has been sold having been closed in 2016 [click here for story]. Both Beresford Adams, the estate agent dealing with the sale, and Rebecca Garratt, Business Support Manager for […]
1st January 2018

Jonah Jones artwork moved from Loyola Hall to new sites

Fr Matthew Power SJ, the former Superior of the old Jesuit retreat centre at Loyola Hall, in Rainhill on Merseyside, has informed Scene & Word Ltd that some of Jonah Jones’s work in the chapel there has been relocated by the Jesuit Province. Following the closure of Loyola Hall in […]
9th August 2017

Limited-edition book and print by Jonah Jones chosen as Welsh gift to Breton town

Mumbles, the seaside village on the Gower edge of Swansea, has been twinned with Hennebont, a historic town of some 15,000 people in southern Brittany, since 2004 and the two communities have developed strong links and close friendships. In June 2017 a party from Mumbles Community Council (MCC) and the […]
17th November 2016

Jonah Jones biography reviewed in ‘Art and Christianity’

The Winter 2016 issue of Art and Christianity, the quarterly journal of Art & Christianity Enquiry (ACE), carries a full-page review of Peter Jones’s book Jonah Jones: An Artist’s Life. The reviewer, John Morgan-Guy, is Acting Chaplain at the University of Wales Trinity St David, Lampeter. “As an artist believing […]
26th October 2016

Talk on Jonah Jones in Mumbles, Swansea

On Friday 11 November Jonah’s son and biographer, Peter Jones, will be giving an illustrated talk titled ‘The Celtic Tradition in Art: The Life and Works of Jonah Jones’ at Norton Village Hall, 7 Norton Avenue, Mumbles, Swansea SA3 5TP. The talk for the Twinning Association of Mumbles will start […]
24th October 2016

Scene & Word finds Jonah Jones work in Newport and Stoke in good condition

Too often Scene & Word has had to report on threats to the public work of Jonah Jones, or highlight cases of damage. So it is good to find instances of well-preserved work at churches that are not facing imminent closure. Members of the Board of Scene & Word Ltd […]
22nd October 2016

Jonah Jones’s Aberfan plaque featured in national daily

The i newspaper on 22 October carried a photo of Prince Charles signing a book of remembrance for the Aberfan victims at the village’s community centre. Jonah Jones’s plaque commemorating the opening of the centre by the Queen in 1973 can be seen prominently behind the Prince of Wales. (Click […]
12th June 2016

Morfa Nefyn church with Jonah Jones artwork at risk of demolition

The Church of the Resurrection of Our Saviour at Morfa Nefyn on the Llŷn Peninsula, which contains important artwork by Jonah Jones, has been included on a list of churches to be closed by the Catholic Diocese of Wrexham. Faced with falling congregations and the difficulty of recruiting new priests […]
22nd January 2014

Jonah Jones windows at Rugby church lost

The four large windows made by Jonah Jones for the Catholic Church of the English Martyrs at Hillmorton, in Rugby, Warwickshire, have been dismantled and the glasswork has now been lost for the future. Jonah made the dalle de verre (slab glass) windows during 1965–66. Each was 30 ft wide […]
22nd January 2014

New light cast on Jonah Jones’s emergence as an artist

A large cache of letters written by Jonah Jones during the years of the Second World War to his friend and mentor Mona Lovell has thrown new light on his emergence as an artist. Mona was the librarian at Felling public library on Tyneside, where Jonah got his first job […]
28th August 2013

Jesuit retreat centre with Jonah Jones artwork to close

Scene & Word has learned that the Loyola Hall Spirituality Centre at Rainhill on Merseyside, where the chapel contains important artwork by Jonah Jones, is to close after Easter 2014. During 1965–66 Jonah made a pair of large stained glass windows for Loyola Hall based on the “Immortal Diamond” image […]
28th March 2013

Two generations, two worlds

An article by Menna Baines published in Barn, March 2013, looked at two exhibitions showing at the National Museum of Wales, witness to the very different talents and visions of two generations of the same family in the world of art: those of Jonah Jones in The Word, and of […]
30th January 2013

Jonah Jones exhibition at National Museum of Wales

An exhibition surveying Jonah’s work, ‘Jonah Jones: Y Gair/The Word’, is on show in Gallery 13 at the National Museum of Wales until 7 April 2013. The show provides an introduction to Jonah’s output and explores his own statement that the Word in all its forms was central to his […]
30th January 2013

Talk on Jonah Jones at Bangor University

Peter Jones is to deliver the annual T Rowland Hughes Lecture at Bangor University, giving an illustrated talk on the development of Jonah Jones’s visual art. The lecture, which is being supported by the North West Wales branch of the Art Fund, will take place in the Main Arts Lecture […]
30th January 2013

Reviews of Jonah Jones biography

Reviews of Jonah Jones: an Artist’s Life, the biography by Peter Jones (Seren Books, 2011, ISBN 978-1-85411-556-0), have been published in the New Welsh Review and Planet.
30th January 2013

Wall sculpture safely removed and securely stored

The wall sculpture Y Bont was successfully removed from the disused students’ accommodation at Coleg Harlech over the weekend of 23–24 June 2012, and has been securely and safely stored. The removal was carried out by an expert team from Swansea Metropolitan University under the direction of Architectural Glass Centre […]
30th January 2013

New home for artist Jonah Jones’ Coleg Harlech sculpture

An article published online on BBC North West Wales News on 30 April 2012 also announced the proposed plan to move Y Bont to the adjacent redeveloped St David’s Hotel. It includes rare BBC TV archive footage about Jonah dating from 2002. Subsequent update: this proposal did not happen. The […]
30th January 2013

Plan to save sculpture from demolished block

An article published in the Cambrian News on 26 April 2012 announced a proposed plan to move Jonah Jones’s sculpture Y Bont from the condemned students’ block at Coleg Harlech to the redeveloped St David’s Hotel on a site adjacent to the college campus. Subsequent update: this proposal did not […]
23rd January 2013

Launch of Jonah Jones biography and ‘Gregynog Journals’ in Cardiff

A party was held at the Kooywood Gallery in Cardiff on 3 February to launch Jonah Jones: an Artist’s Life and Jonah Jones: The Gregynog Journals. The biography, written by Peter Jones, was published recently by Seren Books. The Gregynog Journals, edited by David Townsend Jones, was published by Scene […]
23rd January 2013

Threat to Jonah Jones’s public works reported in ‘Golwg’

On 2 February the Welsh-language weekly magazine Golwg published an interview with Peter Jones about Jonah Jones’s life and work. The same issue carried a report on the campaign to find a new home for Jonah’s wall sculpture Y Bont at Coleg Harlech. Golwg quoted a spokesman for Bangor University […]
23rd January 2013

Jonah Jones biography published by Seren Books

The biography Jonah Jones: an Artist’s Life by Peter Jones has been published by Seren Books. It can be ordered on
5th January 2013

Jonah Jones exhibition scheduled by National Museum of Wales

The dates for a new exhibition, ‘Jonah Jones: The Word/Y Gair’, have been confirmed by the National Museum of Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru. The event will take place in Gallery 13 at the NMW between 8 December 2012 and 7 April 2013. The exhibition will be based around Jonah’s devotion to The […]
5th January 2013

Gregynog fellow Jonah Jones remembered in presentation set

The following press release was issued by Gregynog Hall on 3 November 2011: A collectors’ presentation set, including a new book based on the journals of late Welsh artist Jonah Jones during his year as Gregynog Arts Fellow, has been presented to Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, by his family. The […]
4th January 2013

Rood cross moved from Llanelli to Tenby

A wooden rood cross carved by Jonah in the 1980s has been given a new home at St Mary’s Church, Tenby. The Christus Rex figure had been in St Alban’s Church, Llanelli, which closed earlier this year. The cross is now the focal point of the Garden of Tranquillity in […]
4th January 2013

Scene & Word at UK Fine Press Book Fair 2011

Scene & Word exhibited the collectors’ set ‘An Artist’s Life in Wales’ at the 2011 UK Fine Press Book Fair at Oxford Brookes University on 5–6 November 2011. Photographs: D T Jones.
4th January 2013

Article on ‘The Gregynog Journals’ in ‘Parenthesis’

An article by Jonah Jones’s son David Townsend Jones, who edited and produced Scene & Word’s first book, The Gregynog Journals, has been published in Parenthesis No. 20 (Spring 2011), the journal of the Fine Press Book Association. The article was commissioned by Sebastian Carter, UK editor and designer of […]
4th January 2013

Home needed for threatened wall sculpture by Jonah Jones

The future of the wall sculpture Avo Penn Bid Pont (which is more familiarly known as Y Bont), currently in the students’ refectory at Coleg Harlech, continues to cause concern due to the imminent demolition of the building in 2012. While there have been expressions of interest in relocating the […]
4th January 2013

Reopening of Mold Law Courts

Jonah’s wall sculptures Justice and Mercy are at the centre of a complete refurbishment recently completed at Mold Law Courts, Flintshire. As part of the project the sculptures were repaired and the walls returned to their original duck egg blue colour as seen in slides taken by Jonah immediately after […]
17th December 2012

Uncovering “unknown” works by Jonah Jones

Because Jonah did not keep a full log of all his artwork as he carried it out, many of his creations have slipped into relative obscurity and in effect await rediscovery. Tracing pieces by Jonah can be like detective work, drawing on references in letters or journals, fuzzy photographs and […]
15th December 2012

‘Hidden Histories’ and ‘Y Bont’

Episode 3 in the ‘Hidden Histories’ series for BBC Cymru Wales, produced by Element Productions in association with the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales, will be shown on Tuesday 17 November 2009 at 7.30 pm on BBC Two Wales. It will include a feature on […]
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