Jessica Jane Charleston


Location: Bow Arts Studio, Bow Road

I am an artist. I draw, I illustrate (two very different parts of the brain) I write, make hand-printed letterpress books and spend a lot of nights printing black and white photographs in my dark room. I run a small press publication called Shed Press Publications, I have always drawn. Large and brooding alongside small and whimsical. I feel this is a accurate representation of my personality.


March - August 2014 Larger than Life, exhibition at Hall Place, Bexley Heritage Trust alongside Quentin Blake's touring exhibition

May 2013 Illustrated Envelope exhibition, Illustrationcupboard Gallery, St. James’s
- Showcase of illustrated envelopes including David McKee, Axel Scheffler, Tony Ross.

December 2012 Picture This Illustration exhibition, Riverside Gallery, Richmond
- Exhibition showcasing contemporary children’s books illustrations by a host of UK-based artists

August 2012 Pinhole Passport Booth at Festibelly and In The Woods Festivals
- Instant pinhole photography developed in a Dark-tent

March 2012 Shed Press Publications book launch at Type, Bethnal Green
- Adana Press printed book of poetry with hand-printed black and white photographs

Dec. 2011 – Jan. 2012 The Emporium Residency, Whitton, Orleans House Gallery
6 week residency - Leading Lithographic, Lino, Mono Printing workshops
- Teaching participants how to use a black and white darkroom
- Providing exhibition of work made
- Researching Whitton as a community, and investigating its local history through the public and the local library.

September 2011 Solo exhibition of Mono Prints at The Open Road Bookshop, Suffolk

2011/10 Poster Design Commissions: Life Drawing Classes, Hurwundeki, London/ The Emporium Art Collective, London/ Family Fringe, St Margaret’s House, London/ Arabella’s Yuletide Emporium, Suffolk

2011 Shortlisted for ‘Mind Soup’ exhibition, Bethnal Green, London

2008 (on-going) Alternative Press Fair, Assistant & Dedicated Zine-maker of poetry, drawings & collage, various locations around London

2010 Stag & Dagger Festival, Awarded opportunity to document event with poetry and photography collage bound into a book, London

2009 15 Days, 15 Artists, 1 day residency of collage and drawing, firstsite Arts Organisation, Colchester, Essex

2009 The 2nd Sheffield Artist’s Book Prize, ‘Sofa & Bird’ book of prints and poetry accepted

2009 firstsite, Arts organisation, 5 sets of books containing photography and poetry, commissioned as part of GIFT, a series of arts & cultural events in Colchester, Essex

2009 (ongoing) Bookartbookshop, Old Street, London. 5 sets of books containing photography and poetry promoted and sold in shop

2007 Illustration commission, amateur children’s storywriter, printed and available

2005 Inkpen Downey, Architecture Practice: Photography selected from End of Show Colchester Sixth Form College for a group show in Colchester, Essex