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Theresa Easton

Artist Statement:

Theresa Easton is a printmaker working with artist’s books, based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
Printmaking and artist’s books provide a platform for Easton’s interpretation of social history and cultural commentary. Easton is interested in pushing the boundaries of printmaking, using a wide range of material from screen printed enamelled glass, to hand printed brick clay. As an artist with a socially engaged practice, Easton enjoys a collaborative approach to making artwork and developing ideas alongside participants. Community participation features as a driving force in her work.

Artist CV:

2007 MA Glass Sunderland University
2001 Post Graduate Certificate in Education New College Durham
1998 BA Fine Art (Hons) University of East London

Projects, Commissions & Residencies
2015-2016 Artist in Residence Robert Smail’s Printing Works, Innerleithen.
2014 Commissioned Artist BAIT: Blyth & Cramlington Print based mental Health project
2014 Commissioned Artist Helix Arts: Art & Horticulture and Arts Award Albermarle Barracks
2014 Project Artist Dot to Dot: Above Ground Level; Print & Mail art with community
2014 Commissioned Artist Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art & Castle View Academy
2014 Co-lead Artist Heaton Arts Festival: Zine project with community members.
2014 Project management HLF funded WW1 International Mail Art Project.
2014 Commissioned Artist TWMA: The Boldon Book & the British Library: reimagined today
2014 Project Artist The Encyclopaedia of Everything: Cheryl Penn International Project
2013 Co-Commissioned Artist The Village Green @ The Festival of Thrift: printed broadsides
2013 Lead Artist Fabulous Books Fantastic Places: an Artist’s Book Fair and
program of artist’s book projects celebrating the Festival of the North
East in partnership with BALTIC and venues throughout the region.
2013 Lead Artist The Story of Sunderland: Participatory projects with Refuge &
Asylum Seekers focusing on the History of Bede & books.
2013 Commissioned Artist Green Lane Glass Window: Silk screen enamelled glass window
commission working with school pupils in designing artwork.
2011 Project Artist The Sunderland Book Project: an international book art project
providing a platform for a touring exhibition of book art.
2012 Lead Artist A Present from Roker: Working with Helix Arts & Youth Offending
Service to create a bespoke print based products for retail.
2012 Project Artist 36 Lime Street Gallery: Inchiostro (Milan) & Theresa Easton:
an international exchange of book and print based work.
2012 Commissioned Artist Darlington Arts Centre: Legacy book project: compiling, designing
& binding paper based messages of support to the centre.
2012 Lead Artist The Late Shows @ 36 Lime Street: Printed Broadsides project
engaging the public in political debate and making broadsides.
2011 Mentor & exhibitor The Book Apothecary: a travelling museum of artist’s books.
National venues, delivery workshops and peer support.
2011 Project Artist National Glass Centre
World Heritage Site bid with community participants using book art.
2011 Commissioned Artist Art on the High Street: South Shields regeneration of empty shops.
Grit & Pearl commissioned shop window design.
2011 Commissioned Artist Identify Cowgate: Community participation project working with
Newcastle City Council; design work in enamelled steel for signage.
2010 Commissioned Artist Enchanted Parks, Saltwell Park Large scale printed glass work.
Outside lighting installation emulating pages from a book
2009-2010 Resident Artist Artist’s Access to Art Colleges Northumbria University
Working with creative writing students using print & literature.
2009-2010 Commissioned Artist Gateshead Metro Centre: Screen printed enamelled glass
designed and fabricated into illuminated glass cubes.
2009 Commissioned Artist Christmas Window: Screen printed enamelled glass work for a
window installation in Sunderland Library.
2008 Commissioned Artist Walbottle Campus, Newcastle: 3 installations; printed glass,
etched steel and handmade stained bricks for a PFI School.
2008 Resident Artist Ibstock Brickworks, Birtley: working closely with the factory
manager and specials department to initiate collaborative projects.
2007 Contributing Artist Low Newton Remand Centre & TWMA: working in partnership with
TWMA & Stretch to deliver a bespoke series of art based sessio
2006–2007 Resident Artist The Literary & Philosophical Society: self-commissioned
residency focusing on the history and development of the society.
1998-2000 Intaglio Printmaker: Resident Artist

Teaching & Mentoring Experience
2015 Assistant Tutor Newcastle University, School of Art & Culture.
2013 Tutor ArtWorks & Sunderland University:Youth Work participatory arts
2010-15 Visiting Lecturer Teesside University, School of Arts & Media
2011 Mentor Sunderland Business Investment Team & County Durham Enterprise
2009-current Tutor 36 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley Printmaking & artist’s books workshop Participatory Arts BALTIC Artists Freelance Team, Creative Cohesion, Creative Partnership
Lead Artist Creative People, Creative Places South Northumberland
2001-2008 Studio Manager; Northern Print Studio.

International Group & Touring Exhibitions & Fairs

Absence & Presence 2015 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
Oregon Ink Spot 2010 Mini-print exchange
Al-Mutanabbi Street Broadsides & Books 2010-2013 International Tour
The Art House Co-op 2010 Brooklyn, New York. Sketch book contribution.
Artomatic, Washington DC 2009 10th Anniversary exhibition
Book Triennial, Vilnius 2009 5th International Artist’s Book Triennial
Sormani Library, Milan 2007 Artist’s collective based in Milan
Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 2006-2008 Artist’s International touring Book exhibition

Selected Group & Solo Shows

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.
The Gallery, 36 Lime Street 2012 Inchio`stro (Milan based) & artists books.
Great North Museum, Newcastle 2011-2012The Book Apothecary & selection of artist’s books.
Stephenson’s Works, Newcastle 2012 Printed Broadsides installation
Literary & Philosophical Society 2012 Late Shows, installation.
Darlington Arts Centre 2012 Craft cabinet artist’s book display.
The Gallery, Gateshead Library 2011 Artist’s Books prints & enamelled glass
Prospero’s Library, London 2011 Artist’s Book Exhibition
Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 2010 ‘Minutiae’
Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead 2010 Christmas selling show, selected artists.
National Glass Centre, Sunderland 2010 Shakti & 50 apples (Alec Finlay) Group show
Newcastle Arts Centre 2010Group show – Natural Forms and Umber Printmakers
25 Stratford Grove 2010Sumi Perera – 15-1 Beijing Artists & Artist’s Book
Gallery North Project Space 2010Group show –culminating AA2A placement
Durham Art Gallery (DLI) 2009 ‘Inkubator 2’ Group show
Printmakers Council Touring Exhibition 2009 7th British International Mini Print
Greenfield Arts Centre 2009 The Power of the Book exhibition
Durham Art Gallery 2008 Flawed Inspiration
Waygood Boutique Newcastle 2008 Group show
Owl & Lion Gallery Edinburgh 2008 Book Art group show
The Lit & Phil, Newcastle 2007 Installation of printed glass & china

HLF Young Roots 2014
Grants for Artists Arts Council North East 2013
Grants for Artists Arts Council North East 2010
AA2A Northumbria University 2009
Creativitiworks (Sunderland University)Bursary 2009
A-N research Bursary 2008
Designed & Made mentoring Bursary 2008
Cannon Bill & Jeanette Hall Fund 2008

Fairs & Festivals
Artists Book Market BALTIC 2013-2016
Leeds 2013 – 2016
Maker Faire 2013 & 2014 Newcastle
Glasgow International Artist’s Book Fair 2012 Glasgow
Turn The Page Artist’s Book Fair 2012 & 2013 Norwich
Manchester Book Fair 2011 Manchester
NewcastleGateshead Arts Fair 2010 exhibitor with Creative Cohesion
Project Organiser 2010 Gallery North Artists’ Book Fair & Events
P.R.E.S.S. (Publishing, Resource, Education & Social Space) 2010 Arts Centre Washington
Manchester Artist’s Book Fair 2009
Baltic Art Fair 2007
MIMA – Make your own damn Art 2006 Middlesbrough
Printfest – Ulverston 2005

Dot to Dot Participatory Arts Organisation operating in NE England.
Culture Works North East based agency promoting creative collaboration.
Coble & Keel Society North East group promoting the heritage of the maritime industry.
ILF Institute for Learning AB011453
North East Maritime Trust Volunteer organisation helping the revival of Maritime Heritage.
Barker & Stonehouse, Tate Library Artists Book Collection, Future Builders, NR Foundation and Intaglio Printmaker, Northampton University & The Arthur & Mata Jaffe Center for Book Arts, Florida, Special Collections Library Manchester Metropolitan University, Baltic Library & Archive, The ArtHouse Co-op, Brooklyn & Red Box.

Useful links
Fabulous Books, Fantastic Places:
World War 1 Trench Art & folk Art Project:
The Sunderland Book Project
A Write Good Story