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3rd May 2021

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

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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