Very pleased to share this beautiful composition of Owain Park, performed by his ensemble, the Gesualdo Six, in a new video made by Owain. This piece originally featured in the 2016 musical sequence on In Parenthesis (DAVID JONES: July 1916, The Battle of Mametz Wood from In Parenthesis) performed on several occasions in 2015 and 2016, including at the "David Jones: Dialogues with the Past" conference from July, 2016 (www.davidjonesdialogues.com/events.html).
It makes many of the musical allusions of the work come alive, while also being deeply sensitive to the musicality of Jones' own language. It is a testament to how much Jones' work provides inspiration for other artists (of many media), which is one of the most important dimensions of his work.
You can view the video featuring the piece here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=o_bXw1873jg&feature=youtu.be
Read more about the "WWI Filming Project" of the Gesualdo Six, here: www.thegesualdosix.co.uk/ww1-filming-project/
For more info and booking, see: www.ditchlingmuseumartcraft.org.uk/product/world-war-1-poetry-agenda-magazine/
Exhibition on now: "Changing Lives: Ditchling Artists in WWI",
20 October 2018 - 28 April 2019,
Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft, Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP.
From the website: 'Accompanying Max Gill: Wonderground Man, the museum’s Print Gallery will host a display looking at the affect of WW1 on Ditchling’s artistic community. When Max Gill was appointed by the Imperial War Graves Commission to design the lettering on the Cenotaph and every military headstone, he was well aware of the impact that the war had on friends, the artistic community, and even his own family.
The exhibition tells the personal stories of three artist-soldiers: stonecutter Joseph Cribb, who worked with Max Gill on the design of the allied war graves; painter Louis Ginnett, whose experience is conveyed in his watercolours and in a series of letters to his family back home in Ditchling; and painter and poet David Jones, who vividly recorded a life in the trenches that was to affect his work for many years to come.
On the home front, the war years were a time of change for many of the artists. Hilary Pepler, who had started his printing business St. Dominic’s Press in Hammersmith, moved it down to Ditchling in 1915. The press’s wartime output reveals details of exhibitions held, including art sold to fundraise for refugees. Other artists who set up their studios in Ditchling included the weaver Ethel Mairet and her husband Philip, a conscientious objector who was sent to jail, and the painter Frank Brangwyn, who designed posters and stamps to aid the war effort.'
The latest special issue of Agenda poetry magazine (vol. 52, nos. 1-2), titled simply 1918, features two articles on David Jones:
Hilary Davies, 'David Jones: like no one but himself', pp.36 - 43.
Paul Robichaud, 'David Jones and Edward Thomas', pp.44 - 51.
See the website for more information: www.agendapoetry.co.uk
David Jones' boxwood crucifix (made c. 1925 during the time of his apprenticeship in Ditchling), is on auction at Christie's -- closing 20 November.
Just a reminder that there will be a walking tour and visit to David Jones's grave in Brockley and Ladywell cemetery (London) this coming Saturday, 3rd November, at 3:30 following the annual meeting of the R.S. Thomas Society. For more information contact Anne Price-Owen at: email@example.com
David Jones' Grave, Brockley and Ladywell Cemetery, London.
David Jones' birthplace, Brockley, London.
The Trustees of the David Jones Estate have handed over the task of fielding permissions enquiries for the use of Jones's writings and visual to Faber & Faber and Bridgeman Images respectively. In future, please direct any correspondence to the following contacts, who will direct you:
For all writings: Lavinia Singer (Faber & Faber), firstname.lastname@example.org
For all visual images: Adrian Gibbs (Bridgeman Images), email@example.com
David Jones: A Mythic Understanding
An exhibition at Camberwell College of Art, (Peckham Road, London SE5 8UF)
6 November - 14 December, 2018
From the web page:
'This exhibition is one part of a College-wide project led by Geoff Coupland (aka ZEEL) that explores the life and themes of the work of artist, illustrator and poet David Jones.
Jones was aged just 14 when he first attended the then Camberwell Art School in 1909, before enlisting for service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers to fight in the First World War. This experience had a profound effect on Jones both emotionally and artistically. He went on to write ‘In Parenthesis’, an epic, novel-length war poem, and as an artist working in many modes, he made numerous paintings, drawings and book illustrations with a particular use of mythical imagery.
His legacy is visible in the work of many illustrators working today, including John Vernon Lord, Clive Hicks Jenkins, Charlotte Cory, Marguerite Carnec, Sue Coe, Linda Kitson and David McKean, and their contemporary work will be shown alongside a display about Jones’ life and work created especially for the exhibition by design studio Work-Form.'
Press Release (with details about opening times, etc.):
The UK Latin Mass Society will be offering their bi-monthly Mass for the repose of the soul of David Jones tomorrow, Saturday 13th October, at 4 pm in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Cathedral, London. Jones was a great devotee of the Latin Mass; his anniversary of death is 28 October.
For information see: lms.org.uk/contact-us