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Derek Jarman PROTEST - Artist in Residence

Derek's Canonisation

Jez will be undertaking an artist in residence project at Manchester Art Gallery as part of the forthcoming Derek Jarman PROTEST exhibition the residency will combine participatory sessions, collaborations, public events and new commissions, including the cannonistion of a major Avant-Garde Art Superstar. Further details to follow.

Supported by Arts Council England.


Photo of Jez & Val

Jez is working on a new theatre piece with playwright Joshua Val Martin, director / dramaturg Josh Coates, and producer David Dolan Martin. Due to COVID-19 the premiere of the performance has been delayed. Venues include: The Edge Theatre & Arts Centre Chorlton, Manchester, Bury Met and Oldham Coliseum. Dates to be announced soon. Double-Ender has received funding from Arts Council England through the National Lottery. Further details can be found here.

photo: Lee Baxter

The Next Big Thing

Painting with bench

Jez is working on a new body of work and subsequent exhibition, which takes as it's starting point a number of different influences including the photographs and drawings of British artist Keith Vaughn, a childhood dream, and the appropriation of the term 'queer' by heteronormative artists and others. The creation of this new work has been made possible by Arts Council England COVID response funding.

Magpies (revisited)

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Jez is working with composer Michael Betteridge on the development of a string quartet and accompanying film / performance based on his work 'Magpies' (2017)

"My immediate (musical) thought would be to 'fill in the gaps' with music. The recording would be performed on repeat and each time the redacted text would be filled in / elaborated on by musicians. I'm thinking strings for some reason. And I feel it would need to be in the space it was recorded in as well? I can imagine the text slowly disappears to leave a musical residue, which captures the phrasing, rhythm and pitch of your speech, exploring the emotion of the letter without revealing it's entire content."

(Michael Betteridge - correspondence 18th November 2016)

Is He on the Line...?

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Jez was commissioned by Curated Place to undertake a residency in Reykjavik as part of the NATUR. Jez worked in Reykjavik during 208/19 exploring Icelandic queer histories and stories. One element of the residency is the performance work: Is He on the Line...? made in collaboration with Icelandic composer Ingibjörg Yr, and subsequently premiered in Hull as part of the Heads Up Theatre Festival in March 2019. The work is scored for four male voices and overhead projectors, sung & spoken in Icelandic and English.

A short excerpt of the performance can be seen above. The work is available to tour internationally from 2020 onwards.