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In So Many Words: Roget's Thesaurus and the Power of Language

Jez is showing new work in this three-person show with artists Rowland Hill and Jonathan Hitchen, which uses Roget's Thesaurus as a starting point from which to explore language. Peter Mark Roget, the creator of the Thesaurus, whose contribution to the English Language is difficult to overstate was the first Secretary of Manchester's Portico Library in 1806, and he began work on his Thesaurus during this period. The exhibition runs April 3rd - May 12th 2018 at The Portico Library Manchester

The artists will be giving a talk at the library on Saturday 5th of May, and Jez and Rowland Hill will be presenting new performance works in the library on Tuesday 8th of May. Further details can be found here

Artwork detail


A letter, neither sent, nor read by its intended recipient. Written with anger, confusion, betrayal, love, extreme sadness. The end of an affair, but not the end of the relationship. An outline, accidentally drawn for a future work.

Utilising text, whilst redacting the text itself. The few remaining words, still communicating the hurt and sorrow which hide behind the redacting lines of ink. Simultaneously personal / universal, secrecy / declaration, disguise / identification.

Magpies is a collaboration with composer Michael Betteridge. Codifying language and text into sound, music, and visual response.

Magpies will next be shown as part of New Art West Midlands at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, February - May 2018