I love books. I love to write them, I love to typeset and design them, I love to make them by hand. The books I write tend to be at least a bit fantastical, and often involve portals to other worlds. The books I typeset and design are either commissioned by other writers, or for my own projects they are usually produced as a one-off handmade book that I then re-design for wider copying and re-printing. These books that I like to make usually combine my two favourite things: writing and art. My visual arts background is in photography and I’m a professional graphic designer, so usually the art is quite photographic or graphics-based, often both.
My BA was in Photography at the Arts University Bournemouth. I have an MA in Writing for Young People from Bath Spa University (Distinction). I studied this part time so that I could carry on making art. This meant I could take part in the Porthleven Prize, which is a 15 day residency in Cornwall. I produced text and art responses to my time on the residency, and a hand-made book “Home”. I also studied an extra MA module “The Role of the Curator” taught by Mike Tooby. Since then I’ve curated a number of art exhibitions.
After graduating from Bath Spa I was commissioned to make work for Dove Arts in Somerset for two successive projects, culminating in a handmade book “Between Darkness”, which was a photo and text book about all the between-spaces at Dove Arts. My visual art has been exhibited in various exhibitions in Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, Oxford and London. (Below this page is my art CV with a list of many things I’ve worked on).
In 2017 I set up my writing studio at Silk Mill Studios in Frome. All my books in one place: a dedicated place for me to write any time of the day or night. Love it!!
Jennifer is represented by Becky Bagnell at Lindsay Literary Agency.
Jennifer is Creative Director at Mount Art Services in Frome (book design commissions accepted via Mount, please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
PROJECTS/ WORKSHOPS/ residencies:
Curator of To The Fore exhibition, Silk Mill West Frome.
SAW Creative Pathways Bursary winner: researching the archives and history of Dove Studios, Butleigh, leading to an infographic and accompanying book An Amazing Space and a secondary project two years later An Amazing Space II
Writer/ artist in residence – Porthleven, Cornwall. Based at CAST studios in Helston, and Porthleven Holiday Cottages in Porthleven. (15 days total, culminating in three exhibitions)
Curator for four exhibitions at The Old Print Room Gallery: Netted in a Silver Mist; Water, Air, Luminosity; White Heart; Biophilia.
Co-director and founder of Storyslingers, Shaftesbury Art Centre’s writing group. (retired)
Workshop facilitator of several art, writing and fictional map-making workshops in Dorset.
Co-organiser of various literary events, including Dorset’s first Story Slam.
Social media and marketing director for “Inklings Anthology” campaign, Bath Spa University.
2013: Biophilia group exhibition, The Old Print Room, Dorset.
2014: White Heart group exhibition, The Old Print Room, Dorset.
Porthleven: A Peripatetic Encounter group exhibition, O3 Gallery, Oxford.
Porthleven: A Peripatetic Encounter group exhibition, BSAD Gallery, Bath.
Deck the Walls group exhibition, 44AD, Bath.
2015: Trigonometry group exhibition, O3 Gallery, Oxford.
Bath Spa Summer Show group exhibition, BSAD, Bath.
New Designers group exhibition, London.
Best of the West group exhibition, Pound Arts Centre, Corsham.
Summer Show, group exhibition, Bruton Art Factory, Bruton.
An Amazing Space, archival project and group exhibition, Dove Studios, Butleigh
Somerset Art Weeks, group exhibition, the Silk Mill, Frome
SAW Members exhibition, group exhibition, RUH Somerset
Accordingly; Art & Text, group exhibition, 44AD, Bath
Black Swan Open, group exhibition, Black Swan Arts, Frome.
2016: The Dove, group exhibition, Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton.
Whispering Pendulum, group exhibition, Bath Artists Studios
1000 Postcards, group exhibition, Black Swan Arts, Frome
Quartz Festival, group exhibition, Taunton, Somerset.
2017: Transformed Land, touring group exhibition, Taunton and Bath.
Telling Tales Creative Pathways Retrospective, group exhibition, Taunton.
An Amazing Space II, group exhibition, Dove Studios, Butleigh
Mixing Signals, group exhibition, Kobi & Teal gallery, Frome
2018: 5 Years of the Porthleven Prize, group exhibition, Bath
The Transformed Land, touring group exhibition, ACEarts Somerton
Aborealists & Guests, group exhibition, Black Swan Arts, Frome
2019: To The Fore, group exhibition, Silk Mill West, Frome
Awards & Publications:
Newbury, Jennifer (2006) First Kiss In Christine Lawson (ed) (2006), Just a Kiss; Anthology of Poetry and Prose, Freelance Press, Oxford. pp.24-25
Newbury, Jennifer (2007) Toni Was a Quiet Man by Nature. Dingsdabumsda Magazine. Issue 12. pp22-23
Newbury, Jennifer (2007) A Reflection and Nothing More. Dingsdabumsda Magazine. Issue 13. pp64-65
Newbury, Jennifer (2008) Their Game. [http://www.therecusant.org.uk/#/jennifernewburytheirgame/4528204099]
Bell, Jennifer (2008) Elder. [http://thepygmygiant.wordpress.com/2008/12/05/elder/]
Bell, Jennifer (2009) Stone. [http://dogmatika.wordpress.com/2009/04/27/stone/]
Bell, Jennifer and JY Dong (2010) The Klandestines, Issue 1. Self-published graphic novel illustrated by JY Dong.
Bell, Jennifer (2011) Beached [http://www.kasmamagazine.com/beached.html]
Bell, Jennifer (2011) Kukaw [http://cherrypickedhands.blogspot.com]
Bell, Jennifer (2011) Intersection [http://thepygmygiant.com/2011/09/12/intersection/]
Bell, Jennifer (2012) Trapped in Nomansland In Kissing Frankenstein and Other Stories, Flash Fiction South West, p76-79
Bell, Jennifer and Morison, Dan (2012) The Peters. Comic book illustrated by Dan Morison (e-book).
Noise Festival Curator’s Choice Award (Written Word category) 2008. Judged by Niven Govinden. (For The Wolf’s Story)
Additional commendments for It Keeps on Coming (Outstanding), Moon Town (Excellent), Melody (Excellent) and The Investors (Excellent) Judged by Niven Govinden.
Ideastap Editors Brief Spring 2012 Grow, text category. Winner. Succession.
Porthleven Prize 2014: Winner – leading to a 15 day residency in Cornwall.
Newbury, Jennifer (2014) Home. Hand-made story booklet exhibited at the O3 Gallery, Oxford and BSAD Gallery, Bath.
Newbury, Jennifer (2014) The Porthleven Collection. Six illustrated stories exhibited at the O3 Gallery, Oxford and BSAD Gallery, Bath.
Amazing Space: Dove Arts and Somerset Art Works Emerging Artist Bursary: winner. 2015.
Newbury, Jennifer (2016) The Orchard (extract) In Inklings: MA Writing for Young People anthology, Bath Spa University Presses, p151
Newbury, Jennifer (2017) Between Darkness, handmade book for Amazing Space II, Dove Studios, Somerset.