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Kurt Painting, Pyramid Stage

Art. Music. Activism.

Kurt Jackson, Glastonbury and Greenpeace.

March 21 – May 9, May 19 – August 15 2020. 

Kurt Jackson has been Artist-in-Residence at the festival for twenty years, raising over £250,000 for the festival charities Oxfam, Greenpeace and WaterAid via sales of his Glastonbury works.

This immersive exhibition looks to share a selection of his work as Artist-in-Residence as well as celebrating the 50th anniversary of both Glastonbury Festival and Greenpeace.

A further aim of the show is to raise funds and awareness for Greenpeace. This pioneering environmental charity will be taking over the upstairs gallery to present a photographic history of their fifty years to date and share their current and future campaigns.

Throughout the course of Art. Music. Activism: Kurt Jackson, Glastonbury Festival and Greenpeace, the Jackson Foundation will be fundraising in a number of engaging ways including the hosting of a special event (details to be announced) and running a prize draw with the chance to win an original Kurt Jackson Glastonbury Festival painting, with all proceeds going to our exhibition partner Greenpeace.

“Fun and politics are a great mix – so… I go to Glastonbury Festival to work – I sketch and draw and paint and scribble above the crowds, in the crowds, under peoples feet, in their faces; I aim to immerse myself in the Glastonbury experience and come away with some kind of record on paper showing what I’ve seen, felt and experienced.” he explains.

“The great thing about Glastonbury is that it’s about fun and delight (and a bit of hedonism) but also engages with the serious issues of the future of the planet and our environment,” says Jackson. “Glastonbury – I’ve been at most of them, I’ve painted over a quarter of them. Glastonbury, Greenpeace, Oxfam and WaterAid have become entwined, woven together as an important strand of my working and political life.”

These paintings and sketches show festival royalty looking out across their massed ecstatic armies, veiled travellers from the Sahara cradling their guitars like electric scimitars, lost revellers fluttering around the lights of a doughnut stall and panoramic landscapes of the vast faerie city of mud and scaffolding, neon and wood smoke that swirls across the Vale of Avalon after summer solstice.

Michael Eavis, the founder of Glastonbury says: “My daughter Juliet, who lives next door to Kurt, phoned me years ago to tell me of his amazing work. We were all immediately convinced of his artistic skills and he was appointed our “Artist in Residence”. From then on all is now history as his terrific ability speaks for itself. His paintings hang all around the world, portraying the unique atmospheric colours and shades of perfection that our Festival creates.”

Excerpt from ‘Kurt Jackson – An artistic taste of Glastonbury’. The Independent. 27 May 2010.

  • Scorcher, Femi Kuti on the Pyramid stage, Glastonbury 2010. mixed media on linen. 200 x 320cm.
    Scorcher, Femi Kuti on the Pyramid stage, Glastonbury 2010.
    mixed media on linen.
    200 x 320cm.
  • David Attenborough talks on the Pyramid stage. 2019.

    pencil and pastel on paper

    30 x 21cm.
  • Fisherman’s Friends on stage, Glastonbury. 2011.

    mixed media on paper.

    57 x 60cm.
  • Amy Winehouse. Glastonbury 2007.

    pencil and collage on paper.

    42 x29.5cm.
  • Radiohead from the press pit. Glastonbury 2017.

    mixed media on paper.

    30.5 x 29.5cm.
  • Beth Orton, One World Stage. 2003.

    mixed media on paper.

    38 x 28cm.
  • Figures in evening mud, Glastonbury. 2011.

    mixed media and mud on paper.

    57 x 62cm.
  • Michael Kiwanuka. Glastonbury 2019.

    pencil on paper.

    29.5 x 20cm.
  • Lizzo. Cuz I love you. Glastonbury 2019.

    pencil and crayon on paper.

    29.5 x 29cm.
  • Desert Blues. 2015.

    mixed media on museum board.

    21 x 19cm.
  • Saturday, dancing in big hats, Other Stage. 2020.

    mixed media on canvas.

    122 x 122cm.
  • Toots and the Maytals. 2004.

    mixed media on paper.

    38.5 x 27.5cm.
  • Love the Farm. Leave No Trace

    Glastonbury 2014

    Bag and TShirt Design
  • Kurt Jackson: Last Shadow Puppets
    The Last Shadow Puppets. 2016.
    pencil on paper.
    30.5 x 29.5cm.
  • Alabama Shakes, Pyramid Stage. Glastonbury 2015
    Alabama Shakes, Pyramid Stage. Glastonbury 2015.
    mixed media on board.
    20 x 22cm.

–  More images to follow.  –

Kurt Jackson Glastonbury Films

Follow Glastonbury Festival Artist in Residence Kurt Jackson as he goes backstage, up in the air and into the wild to capture the sights and sounds of the world’s largest cultural congregation, the Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts.
A Taste of Glastonbury (2010)

Edited by Fynn Tucker

This film is a retrospective of media coverage in the papers and on television covering Kurt’s work as the festival artist/artist in residence at Glastonbury Festival over all these years.

This film was created to accompany an exhibition/charity auction in which works from and depicting Glastonbury Festival were put under the hammer in aid of Greenpeace.

Kurt Jackson: Live at Glastonbury 2010 (2011)
Filmed and Edited by Fynn Tucker

“In 2010 Michael Eavis built me my own stage to paint the festival from a new perspective.

I’d like to say a big thank you to Radiohead for use of the song ‘Morning Mr Magpie’, from their 2011 album ‘The King of Limbs’.”

This film was made to be shown as part of Falmouth Art Gallery’s retrospective Kurt Jackson at 50.

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