Jez has been commissioned by the V&A to participate in the next Friday Late event, 27th of January which celebrates 50 years of partial decriminalisation by looking at resistance and activism. Jez will be presenting a performative participatory lesson in Polari, inviting all comers with a "Bona to vada your dolly old eek!"
Jez's work has been selected for inclusion in this significant forthcoming exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery Liverpool. Coming Out explores sexuality and gender identity in Britain since 1967, marking the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of male homosexual acts in England and Wales. The exhibition will reveal the findings of over two years of research by the Gallery into both these collections, LGBT history and visual culture, revealing hidden queer histories and institutional blind spots that will be addressed through the exhibition’s programme of events and performances. The Walker / National Museums Liverpool have acquired two of Jez's works for their permanent collection, generously funded by the Art Fund New Collecting Award scheme.
The exhibition will subsequently tour to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, November 2017 - February 2018
Jez will be showing Diary Drawings at Bury Art Museum (4th February - 13th May 2017), which will be the first Museum showing of this project to date. The Diary Drawings emerged from Jez's research project: The Last Case of George Cecil Ives (1867 - 1950). Ives is a little known but highly significant figure in LGBT+ history and heritage. Jez is one of the first people to research Ives in any great depth, and the first artist internationally to create work examining Ives and his legacy.
Jez will also be working with Bury's permanent collection on a series of curatorial interventions; 60/50 - commemorating the joint anniversaries of 2017 to expose and explore hidden queer histories and stories within the collection. The project will run from February until the end of the year.