In 2016 I was invited to be resident as part of the Diep Haven residency. I was asked if I may be interested in working with a co-operative of flax farmers based in and around Dieppe.Read More
Dear Nature is a book consisting of 81 letters to nature written over 81 days.Read More
During 2018 I have been working on 3 works commissioned by the Warwick Art Collection.Read More
Value, Coin, Note and Eclipse 2011-2012 has been selected for Criminal Ornamentation: Yinka Shonibare MBE curates the Arts Council Collection.Read More
I showed five works that reconfigured the Moringa Oifera trees grown in the ‘Ecologies of Value’ installation at the Exchange gallery, Penzance.Read More
I installed Eliot’s Note books and Eliot’s Soil in Coventry Cathedral and Eliot’s Last Draft In the Herbert Gallery. Eliot’s Last Draft was a new work made for the Warwick and Coventry edition of this exhibition.Read More
This Hestercombe Gallery exhibition attempts to unearth the unique perspectives and pathways that eight artists have taken in responding to the world around us.Read More
Crossings: Art and Christianity Now
9th February-10th May 2018 - Curated by Fr Matthew Askey
Another Language: Be kind Be needed Be loved
Another Language: Be kind Be needed Be loved at Southwell Minster for Crossings create a conversation across the centuries with the famous “Southwell Leaves” stone carvingsin the Chapter House - these ancient carvings are a medieval masterpiece of naturalistic carving in stone. John has invented a new language in the form of a font, inspired by the Nymans Garden where he has worked previously. Each letter in the alphabet is represented by a leaf or a flower and a simple sentence is spelled out here around 26 niches in the Chapter House. The key to the sentence can be found in the marble artwork of the whole alphabet John has installed at the centre of the Education Garden in the grounds of the Minster. There is a second artwork outside that connects the garden of the Chapter House carvings with the Education Garden in the Minster grounds.
John Newling says:
My work at Southwell Minster, in part, explores the affects that I believe organised religion has had on our relationship with Nature. This is, perhaps exemplified in a couple of examples from my Dear Nature letters. The ‘Letters to Nature’ works are an element of a current project in development.
In truth we slowly ignored you as our need for something greater than ourselves evolved the narratives and rituals of our religions. We could only find some sort of trust in reflections of ourselves.
But these are going now and we are left in the strangest nihilism without purpose and feeling; disconnected. If only we had understood that you were greater than we are. I think we needed to be needed for something but forgot where we were.
What to do?
28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”
This is my guilt and worry. We have filled the earth. We have subdued it. We do rule over it.
What is the cost to ourselves of subduing all that we seem to encounter? Yours is a vast history, ours is a blink in that history. Perhaps that’s where the hope lies in our geological youth; we are young and still learning.
I am sorry
My hope is that by introducing a different language into this beautiful space resonant with images of the natural world I may connect the text to the space through its visual history; a connection that seeks to continue our urgent conversation with Nature.
The exhibition is the culmination of a three year project designed to develop a pioneering approach to curatingRead More
Eliot’ Soil is a major new work by John Newling. Starting in April 2017 Newling has transformed many copies of The Wasteland into sustainable soil.Read More
‘Be Kind; Be needed; Be loved’ was the final work in my three residency at the Barn in Banchory, Aberdeenshire.Read More
I am delighted to be able to say that Nymans; A Language from the Garden has been received well and is being enjoyed by visitors to the Nymans Garden in West Sussex and by people who have downloaded the Nymans font.Read More
At the end of 2016 I made a work for the Barn in Banchory where I am resident and where the ‘soil laboratory’ is taking place. This is one of many ‘Dear Nature’ letters I have been writing over the last couple of years and continue to write. Each character of the letter is written into a soil bowl. The soils bowls were installed for a couple days as a wall based work. Then there were taken into a large scots pine forest and left as a permanent work. It is always exciting to think of people on occasion happening across this thought in the forest.Read More
In the autumn 2016 my work, Birches and Berries, came to end. This long and intense work sought to grow berries of all sorts between silver birch trees in a large hydroponic tent. It was good to visit the installation once a week and to be part of its maintenance as the trees and berry bushes grew. As with many of my works I was never sure if I would be able to harvest fruits from the installation. As it turned out I was, and it was exciting to be harvesting inside a gallery.Read More
Wayne Burrows interview with John Newling on the the ‘Last Islands’ and ‘Human Nature Table’ works. (Full version).Read More
Danial read the entire book. This was a Transart Institute initiative taking place at the Powerhouse Arena bookstore in Dumbo, Brooklyn.
This event was part of my contribution to their ‘Magic Mountain’ exhibition that ran for 1 year.
After a recent successful show at Woodend Barn, Banchory, Aberdeenshire, we're please to announce that the following three works have been acquired for their collection.Read More
Located on the outskirts of Banchory in Aberdeenshire, Woodend Barn is an exceptional venture that looks properly at what art can be within a community. I was delighted to be invited to be an artist in residence there in 2014.Read More
This major exhibition of previously unseen work is a powerful, and visually beautiful, illustration of the ways in which artist John Newling explores the relationships between the natural world and systems of value within society.Read More