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7th April 2022

Plaques by Jonah Jones commemorating 400th anniversary of William Morgan’s translation of the Bible into Welsh

Jonah Jones briefly noted in his daily journal on 28th February 1988 that “it’s William Morgan’s anniversary, and there’s two jobs there.” Just over two months later, on 9th May, he added that he had “fixed Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant plaques with some success.” The two roundels, which commemorate a critical juncture in […]
15th March 2022

Jonah Jones’s connection to Ukraine: Scene & Word Ltd responds to the war

On 5 September 1947 in Haifa, Jonah Jones married Judith Grossman, the daughter of Jews from the Ukrainian city of Odesa. She herself was born in Dnipro, in central Ukraine. Shortly after her birth the family fled the country to escape the civil war in the collapsed Russian Empire – […]
28th February 2022

Photograph of Jonah Jones rood cross relocated to Hurst Green from the former Loyola Hall

The great wooden rood cross carved in the mid-1960s by Jonah Jones for the former Loyola Hall Jesuit retreat centre in Rainhill, Merseyside, was relocated in 2012 to the new chapel of St Joseph’s School in Hurst Green, Lancashire. An article published at the time on has just come […]
3rd February 2022

Another ‘lost work’ by Jonah Jones comes to light

Another “forgotten” work by Jonah has come to light through its owner contacting us via the Oriel Jonah Jones ‘Tell us about lost work’ link. The owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, wrote that the sculpture was bought by his parents-in-law during the 1970s. It is very similar to Les […]
2nd February 2022

‘Lost works’ by Jonah Jones bought in auction

Two more forgotten works by Jonah have come to light during the course of 2021 after being bought at auction through Rogers Jones Co in Cardiff. Both buyers prefer to remain anonymous, but we are very grateful to them for allowing us to report on the “rediscovery” of the works. […]
9th January 2022

‘O’r Pedwar Gwynt’ prints Scene & Word letter on Peter Lord and Jonah Jones

The Winter 2021 issue of the Welsh-language literary review O’r Pedwar Gwynt published a letter from Peter Jones, a director of Scene & Word Ltd, in response to the interview by Shelagh Hourahane with the artist and cultural historian Peter Lord, which appeared in the Spring 2021 issue. In the […]
11th November 2021

We’ve launched two stunning new alphabet posters, and made big price cuts across our store

Today we are delighted to announce the addition of two very different new products to the Scene & Word Store. Around the year 1990, Jonah picked up a small sketchbook and painted in it a fantastical alphabet in watercolour, one letter to every page. Later in life he left it […]
7th October 2021

Further funding for installation of restored dalle de verre windows

The relocation of twelve large dalle de verre windows from a closed church in Morfa Nefyn to the Catholic church of St David in Mold, Flintshire, has come a step nearer with the news that the church has been awarded £10,000 by The Pilgrim Trust. The grant will be used […]
27th August 2021

‘A Resurrection’: the dramatic relocation of Jonah Jones’s largest mosaic

In July 2019 the transfer of Jonah Jones’ great mosaic of Christ the Holy Redeemer, from its original location in a church in Morfa Nefyn to the new Christ the Word Catholic School in Rhyl, was completed. As Michael Rieveley, whose firm Rieveley Ceramics carried out the whole project on […]
11th August 2021

Restoration of dalle de verre windows

Twelve large dalle de verre windows by Jonah Jones removed in 2019 from a closed church in Morfa Nefyn have been greenlit for restoration before being newly installed in the Catholic church of St David in Mold, Flintshire. Dalle de verre (from the French for ‘glass slab’) refers to pieces […]
6th August 2021

Jonah Jones and the Gwynedd slate landscape, now a UNESCO world heritage site

In recognition of the news that the Gwynedd slate landscape has recently been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, we have chosen three fine examples of Jonah Jones’s inscription and sculpture work in the native Gwynedd slate. First up is the plaque for the Lloyd George Memorial Museum, Llanystumdwy, […]
30th July 2021

Peter Lord quotes Jonah Jones in interview by Shelagh Hourahane

The Spring 2021 issue of the Welsh-language literary review O’r Pedwar Gwynt published an interview by Shelagh Hourahane (author of an excellent article on Jonah’s work, ‘Carving Our Inheritance’, in Planet, August/September 1987) with the artist and cultural historian Peter Lord, who has done so much to reveal the existence […]
27th July 2021

More ‘lost works’ by Jonah Jones

During the past few months three more forgotten works by Jonah have come to light through their owners contacting us via the Oriel Jonah Jones ‘Tell us about lost work’ link. Colin Turnbull wrote to us about an unusual small abstract watercolour, signed by Jonah but undated, probably from the […]
3rd May 2021

No “expensive” homes allowed on site of former church that once housed Jonah Jones windows and mosaic

Open-market plans to develop the site of the former Resurrection of Our Saviour church in Morfa Nefyn have been refused by Gwynedd Council. The decision was recently upheld by planning inspectors following an appeal from the applicants. Gwynedd Council want to see, in coastal villages such as Morfa Nefyn, only […]
14th January 2021

Go Fund Me web page launched for restoration of Jonah Jones windows in Mold church

St David’s Catholic Church in Mold, which is part of the Wrexham Diocesan Trust, has launched a Go Fund Me appeal for the repair of twelve dalle de verre windows. They were originally created by Jonah Jones in 1967/68 for a Catholic church in Morfa Nefyn, which was closed in […]
23rd November 2020

Jan Morris, 1926–2020

We are saddened to hear that the historian and writer Jan Morris has died, aged 94, after a long, adventurous and daring life. She and her wife Elizabeth were neighbours and friends of Jonah and Judith, and decades ago, on her request, Jonah carved a headstone (“Here are two friends […]
23rd November 2020

Newly found photograph of forgotten one-man show by Jonah Jones

Scene & Word has uncovered what may be the only existing photograph of an exhibition of Jonah Jones’s work, which took place in his one-time workshop at Tremadog Market Hall in 1968 or 1969. He left no record of the show, but it may have been held as a kind […]
23rd November 2020

New range of Scene & Word photo prints of lost works

We have added a new range of photo print products to the Scene & Word store. These differ technically from the existing range of fine prints in being printed on 200 GSM Universal Photo Paper rather than Giclée printed on archival-quality cotton paper. They are based on photographs of major […]
3rd August 2020

Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw appeal

Scene & Word has supported an online appeal for donations to Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, where the Jonah Jones Centennial Exhibition was held in 2019. As Plas Glyn-y-Weddw welcomes back customers after being closed for an extensive period during the Covid-19 crisis, they depend heavily on public support to keep the […]
3rd August 2020

Lost Work: miniature version of ‘The Bathers’

North Walian Mike Lewis, who now lives in Banbury, recently used the ‘Tell us about Lost Work’ feature on Oriel Jonah Jones to bring a small sculpture by Jonah to our attention. It is a miniature version, about 20 cms high, of The Bathers, which was a classic example of […]
3rd August 2020

Interview on Radio Cymru’s ‘Dros Ginio’

On 8 July Jonah’s biographer Peter Jones was interviewed on Radio Cymru’s ‘Dros Ginio’. The topics discussed were Jonah’s path to becoming an artist; his wartime experience, including joining 224 Parachute Field Ambulance as an unarmed medic, service in Northwest Europe, and taking part in the liberation of Belsen; then […]
3rd June 2020

Jonah Jones featured in post marking International Conscientious Objectors Day

A guest post by the poet Tony Curtis, the Emeritus Professor of Poetry at the University of South Wales, was published on the Seren Books blog to mark this year’s International Conscientious Objectors Day on 15 May. In his post Professor Curtis reflected on notable COs within art and literature […]
27th March 2020

Jonah Jones ‘lost works’ re-emerge

Using the Oriel Jonah Jones ‘Tell us about Lost Work’ facility, a former international rugby player has brought a long-forgotten sculpture by Jonah Jones to the attention of Scene & Word. John Willcox was a pupil at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, from 1948–54. In 1959 Jonah was given his largest commission […]
12th January 2020

Photograph of Jonah Jones in new book and online Welsh Arts Archive

A familiar photograph of Jonah Jones taken in 1997 in his studio at the Cartŵn Cymru office in Llandaff appears in a remarkable new book of photographs by Bernard Mitchell, Pieces of a Jigsaw, subtitled ‘Portraits of Artists and Writers of Wales’, published by Parthian Press. Another Mitchell photograph of […]
8th January 2020

Sybil Crouch

We are very sad to hear that Sybil Crouch, the former chair of the Arts Council of Wales, recently died. She was a Swansea Labour councillor who has been described by Rob Stewart, the leader of Swansea Council, as “a passionate campaigner, dedicated hard-working councillor [and] a huge supporter of […]
10th December 2019

‘Dear Mona’ the first of Book Oxygen’s ‘Notable Books of 2019’

Book Oxygen, a website whose mission is providing ‘breathing space for books and writers’, has nominated Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objector the first of its selection of notable books for 2019. Lesley Glaister’s review concludes by saying that she felt ‘privileged to have had access to this collection, […]
15th November 2019

Talks in Cardiff on Jonah Jones

Peter Jones, director of Scene & Word Ltd and the biographer of Jonah Jones, gave an illustrated talk on the artist’s life and work to the Radyr branch of Merched y Wawr on 6 November, which was received enthusiastically. Their Welsh-language review of Peter’s lecture is in this link. He […]
12th July 2019

New home in Rhyl for Jonah Jones mosaic

The large mosaic of Christ the Holy Redeemer, which once stood behind the altar in the Church of the Resurrection of Our Saviour, Morfa Nefyn (closed in 2016) has started a second life in a new school in Rhyl. A firm of tiling experts, Rieveley Ceramics of Waunfawr, near Caernarfon, […]
23rd May 2019

Relocation of Jonah Jones inscription at Taliesin Arts Centre

In recent years Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre has gone through some major physical changes, which involved extensive building works on the lower floor. While the works were in progress, the large hexagonal Welsh slate plaque commemorating the opening of the arts centre, designed by Jonah and cut in the […]
13th May 2019

Jonah Jones Gallery/Oriel Jonah Jones, new Scene & Word website and Instagram page launched

We are very proud to announce the launch of the Jonah Jones Gallery/Oriel Jonah Jones, a long-term project to catalogue and display all his known work in a definitive online resource. For over a decade this major initiative has been on Scene & Word’s list of aims and objectives, so […]
13th May 2019

‘Jonah Jones Remembered’ article in ‘Wales Arts Review’

Adam Somerset looks back on the life and work of one of Wales’ most celebrated sculptors, Jonah Jones, in his centenary year. The full text of the article is reproduced below.   Tap away, tap away, it was a wonderful sound. The centenary of Jonah Jones, born 17th February 1919, […]
7th May 2019

‘Dear Mona’ at Cardiff Open Space event

Peter Jones, the editor of Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objector, will be talking about the book at Cardiff Central Library from 5.45pm on Thursday 16 May 2019. The discussion will be part of the library’s ‘Open Space: a place to share creative work’ monthly programme of events. Free […]
27th February 2019

Saving Jonah Jones mosaic and windows in Morfa Nefyn

Closed in 2016, the Catholic Church of the Resurrection of Our Saviour contained a remarkable set of 12 dalle de verre windows by Jonah Jones and one of his finest mosaics, this one depicting Christ the Holy Redeemer. The Diocese of Wrexham deserves praise for its enlightened approach to these […]
27th February 2019

Comments and discussion about ‘Dear Mona’

Menna Baines in Barn: Swansea, February 2019: “Dear Mona is a remarkable record of how this generous and enlightened lady [was] not only a help but an inspiration for Jonah.” Buzz Magazine: Cardiff, January 2019: “These are letters from the heart and the mind… He’s good company: it’s an inspiring […]
21st February 2019

Media coverage of the Jonah Jones centennial exhibition

There has been extensive media coverage across Wales of the centennial exhibition at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw. Aired on 12 February and presented by Angharad Mair, S4C’s evening magazine television programme Heno paid a visit to the exhibition and included interviews with Jonah’s son Peter (Pedr), Gwyn Jones (director of Plas […]
30th January 2019

Centennial exhibition opens at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw

Some 200 guests attended the opening of the exhibition at Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli on 26 January, many of whom had travelled considerable distances to be there. Following an introduction by Gwyn Jones, the gallery’s director, the exhibition was opened by David Townsend Jones, who spoke on behalf both […]
30th January 2019

Scene & Word on Facebook

Bringing the next generation – Jonah’s grandchildren – onto the board has added new skills that enable Scene & Word to engage with a wider audience through social media. A new Facebook page (search for ‘Scene & Word’) will soon be augmented on other platforms.
30th January 2019

New directors join Scene & Word board

Two new directors, both grandchildren of Jonah, have joined the Scene & Word board: Daniel Trodden and Robin Ritter-Jones. Daniel is principal tuba player for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and Robin is a teacher and musician.
3rd January 2019

Peter Jones delivers lecture on Jonah Jones to CASW

Peter Jones delivered a lecture titled ‘The Life and Work of Jonah Jones’ to the Contemporary Art Society for Wales on Saturday, 23 February, as part of the group’s monthly Saturday talk series at Lisvane Memorial Hall, Cardiff.
3rd January 2019

New paperback edition of Jonah Jones’s ‘The Gregynog Journals’

At the end of the month, Scene & Word will publish a paperback edition of The Gregynog Journals. The book was first published in casebound (hardback) format in 2010, in a limited edition of 350. The whole edition was printed in full colour on acid-free, cotton-rich mould-made paper, but the […]
3rd January 2019

BBC Radio Cymru to carry discussion on book of Jonah Jones letters

At 17:30 on Sunday, 6 January, Peter (Pedr) Jones will be in conversation with Dei Tomos on the Dei Tomos programme on BBC Radio Cymru about Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objector by Jonah Jones.
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