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Kurt Painting, Pyramid Stage

Art. Music. Activism.

Kurt Jackson, Glastonbury and Greenpeace.

March 21 – 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. 

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. 

An integral part of this exhibition – to be shown alongside Kurt Jackson’s Glastonbury paintings – is Greenpeace: 50 Years of Making Waves, a carefully curated photo history illustrating some iconic moments from this pioneering environmental charity’s incredible back catalogue of images. From its inception back in 1970 to the present day, Greenpeace has borne witness to environmental crime and challenged those who fail to protect our planet.

50 Years of Making Waves can be viewed from March 20th to August 15th at the Jackson Foundation, Cornwall.

As well as raising awareness and highlighting their current and future campaigns, a further aim of this exhibition is to raise funds for Greenpeace. 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 hosting a special event in July 2020 (details to be announced), limited edition charity t-shirts 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. In addition, 20% from the sales of all Glastonbury paintings will go to the charity.

 

“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, 

“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.”

 

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis 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.

Art. Music. Activism.

Kurt Jackson, Glastonbury and Greenpeace.

March 21 – 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. 

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.

An integral part of this exhibition – to be shown alongside Kurt Jackson’s Glastonbury paintings – is Greenpeace: 50 Years of Making Waves, a carefully curated photo history illustrating some iconic moments from this pioneering environmental charity’s incredible back catalogue of images. From its inception back in 1970 to the present day, Greenpeace has borne witness to environmental crime and challenged those who fail to protect our planet.

50 Years of Making Waves can be viewed from March 20th to August 15th at the Jackson Foundation, Cornwall.

As well as raising awareness and highlighting their current and future campaigns, a further aim of this exhibition is to raise funds for Greenpeace. 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 hosting a special event in July 2020 (details to be announced), limited edition charity t-shirts 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. In addition, 20% from the sales of all Glastonbury paintings will go to the charity.

 

“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”

 

“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.”

 

Glastonbury Festival organiser Michael Eavis 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.

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.

Art, Music, Activism: Foo Fighters on the Pyramid Stage (2020)

Edited by Fynn Tucker

Glastonbury Festival Artist-In-Residence Kurt Jackson discusses his experience painting Foo Fighters on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury in 2017.

This film accompanies Kurt Jackson’s 2020 exhibition ‘Art Music Activism: Kurt Jackson, Glastonbury Festival and Greenpeace’, which celebrates the 50th anniversaries of both Glastonbury and Greenpeace as well as sharing two-decades of Jackson’s work as festival artist-in-residence.

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′.

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’.”

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