Theresa Easton’s art practice has a history connected with printmaking and its associated materials and processes including paper, etched metal, screen printed glass and more recently book making. Zines, posters & chap books, with political references, social comments and historical content make up her current body of work.
Based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Easton is one of the founders of Artists’ Union England, a new trade union for visual & applied artists and artists with a socially engaged practice.
Project management, participatory arts and self-commissioned projects interweave with Easton’s printmaking practice.
Artists’ Book Market BALTIC grew out of an AA2A (Artist’s Access to Art Colleges) placement at Northumbria University in 2010 when Easton organised her first Artists’ Book Fair at Gallery North.
With support from Northumbria University, Newcastle City Council & ACE’s Grants for the Arts, the event formed the beginnings of establishing a North East based artists’ book fair.
Easton has worked as a Freelance Artist with BALTIC since 2008, working with the Learning & Engagement Team. In 2012, Easton proposed celebrating the return of the Lindisfarne Gospels to the North East in 2013 with an artists’ book fair at BALTIC.
Forming part of The Festival of the North East and with support from ACE, North Tyneside and Hartlepool Council, Easton developed a program of participation & engagement involving artist’s books. The event incorporated exhibitions & workshops, as well as The Sunderland Book Project, a self-funded project operating since 2011.
The Sunderland Book Project is a collection of artist’s books made by over 70 international & national contributors. With over 60 books in the collection, each book forms a response to the city of Sunderland, celebrating its history, reflecting on family memories and showcasing its rich culture today.
Based at 36 Lime Street, in the Ouseburn Valley, Easton delivers regular print & bookmaking workshops from her studio.
Her social engagement practice takes her outside the studio working on projects such as an HLF funded Young Roots program in Hartlepool with Dot to Dot Active Arts, the Ouseburn Farm with HELIX Arts and Northumberland with the BAIT team.