Sunday, 2 August 2015

Finding Treblinka, Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom, Treblinka, Poland

Arm (C)hair, 2015. Reupholstered 1940's armchair, digitally printed canvas, upholstery pins. 90cm x 80cm x 85cm.

I am very pleased to be showing a newly commissioned work 'Arm (C)hair' as part of 'Finding Treblinka', opening on the 2nd August 2015, and running until October 2015 at the Museum of Martyrdom and Struggle in Treblinka, Poland.

The work was commissioned alongside works by artists Hilary Jack, Dave Griffiths, Janine Goldsworthy and Michael Branthwaite to respond to the research of the Forensic Archaaeologist Caroline Sturdy Colls, who is also Professor in Forensic Archaeology and Genocide Investigation at Staffordshire University.  The project and exhibition is supported by Staffordshire University and The Rothschild Foundation.

Arm (C)hair refers to the barbaric process of hair removal of all entrants to extermination camps, and how the hair was then used as a commodity for stuffing furniture and mattresses and making textiles. The hand drawn pattern printed onto the fabric depicts drawings of the hair combs found through archaeological research at Treblinka, which were owned by people who lost their lives in the camp. The fabric has been reupholstered onto an original 1940's European Armchair.

You can read more about the exhibition, alongside an exhibition of the seven year research project into the Treblinka site, on the Centre for Archaeology at Staffordshire University blog here.

Finding Treblinka
Museum of Struggle and Martyrdom in Treblinka
08-330 Kosow Lacki

Open daily 9am -7pm.

2nd August 2015 until October 2015.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Open studio for Manifest Festival, Rogue, 10th-12th July 2015

I am looking forward to opening my studio at Rogue in a few weeks, as part of Manifest, an artist-led festival, showcasing the talent of North West contemporary artists in a series of exhibitions and events across Manchester and Salford.
Designed to take advantage of the increased creative and media spotlight on the city as a result of the Manchester International Festival, Manifest will give visitors a flavour of some of the artistic activity taking place across the two cities all year round.
Rogue will be holding an additional Open Studios event over the weekend of July 10th – 12th. The opening party will be on Friday July 10th from 6 till 9pm and the studios will be open to the public from 12 – 5pm on Saturday July 11th and Sunday July 12th.

I will be showing some research in progress from my Looking Back|Moving Forward project and drawings from my solo project The Fair at Glasgow Open House Art Festival.

Hope you can make it! 

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Hannah Festival Directory 2015

I am delighted to be featured in the 2015 Hannah Directory, which features the best of exciting and interesting people and organisations in the North of England, and asks how can more of this happen.

The directory is organised and delivered by hand by Andrew Wilson, and is named after the suffragette Hannah Mitchell.

If you'd like a copy of the lovely 2015-16 Hannah Directory you should be able to pick one up at these places in England's north, and in Finland:

Friday, 24 April 2015

The Fair, a multi-site solo project for Glasgow Open House Art Festival, 2nd-4th May 2015

The Fair #6, Screen print and pencil on card, 10.5cm x 40.1cm, 2015
The Fair #7, Screen print and pencil on card, 10.5cm x 40.1cm, 2015

The Fair is a long established Glaswegian holiday taking place in the last fortnight of July.  Businesses and organisations closed; families travelled ‘doon the water’ to Lancashire seaside resorts of Blackpool and Morecambe, which acted as sites of enjoyment and glamour from everyday work. ‘The Fair’ is a multi-site exhibition across five artist’s homes, where artist Jenny Steele has created drawings reflecting on ‘seaside moderne’ buildings; Blackpool Casino and Midland Hotel, Morecambe.  Souvenir drawings were posted to inhabitants, allowing them to decide how to position the drawing in their own home.  A publication of the project will be produced post festival.

Opening times: Sat 2nd – Mon 4th May 2015 12pm – 6pm

Venue 9, 3/2 Montague Projects, 34 Montague St, Glasgow, UK, G4 9HX
Venue 31, 6F Claythorn Park, Glasgow, G40 2HY (Sun 3rd May 3 – 4.30pm only)
Venue 39, 62 Nith Street, Riddrie, Glasgow, G33 2AF 
Venue 55, Flat 0/1, 54 Carnarvon Street, G3 6HP, Glasgow
Venue 56, 2/2, 78 Kingarth Street, Glasgow, G42 7RW

For more information & maps for Glasgow Open House Art Festival 2015:
For more details on The Fair:

The Fair is part of a year-long project LOOKING BACK| MOVING FORWARDS by artist Jenny Steele researching into seaside moderne architecture in North West England and Scotland ( The project is supported by Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England.

For more information, please contact the artist Jenny Steele via email: or mobile: 07870701339.

Monday, 13 April 2015


I am delighted to announce that I have been awarded Grants for the Arts, Arts Council England funding for a 14 month research and development project LOOKING BACK| MOVING FORWARDS.  

During 2015, I will undertake a period of research visiting selected examples of Seaside Moderne architecture in North England and Scotland, and also explore archived drawings and photographs of the visited buildings in the RIBA archive.   Concurrently, I  will research into examples of modernist interior design by Marion Dorn, Marian Mahler, Gunta Stolzl and Lucienne Day within the archives of the Whitworth Museum and Art Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

From this visual research, I will create a series of new drawing, print and sculptural based works in 2015-2016, to be exhibited in three exhibitions in the North West of England and Scotland in 2015 – Spring 2016.

You can follow the project on the research blog:

I am also so very grateful to Blackpool Council and UcLan for supporting this project.

If you would like more information on the project, to collaborate or be involved, please contact me by email -

Blackpool Casino and Pleasure Beach, 2015. Photo: Jenny Steele

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Curioseaty, East Street Arts Patrick Studios, Leeds

'Promenade#1', 2014, Screen print on Fabriano

 A print of 'Promenade#1' is included in the Curioseaty  at East Street Arts Patrick Studios, Patrick Studios Project Space, St Mary's Lane, Leeds, LS9 7EH, 24th-29th March 11-5pm.  For more information: 

Wednesday, 4 March 2015

PAGES Leeds International Contemporary Artists Book Fair

What goes down must come up, Lino print and pencil on card, 25cm x 60cm x 20cm. edition of 4, 2014

PAPER will be showing some of my recent and past bookworks at PAGES Leeds International Contemporary Artists Book Fair this Saturday 7th (11-6pm) and Sunday 8th March (11pm-4pm) at The Tetley, Hunslet Road, Leeds.

For more information on the fair and exhibiting artists/galleries:

For information on visiting the fair: