Donald Jackson, Keynote Speaker
“Illuminating the Word – One Calligrapher’s Dream Project”
Donald Jackson talks about The Saint John’s Bible and his life in letters.
One of the world’s leading calligraphers, from 1998 till its completion in May 2011 Donald Jackson was the Artistic Director and principal illuminator of The Saint John’s Bible. From his scriptorium in Wales, he oversaw scribes, artists and craftsmen who worked with him on the handwriting and illumination of this seven-volume, 1,150-page book. His studio/workshop remains the only calligraphy atelier in the United Kingdom where artist calligraphers are still regularly employed, maintaining the highest traditions of this ancient art in a modern context.
“When I was 14 years old I was thrown out of an Art Museum for misbehaving (whistling) in the Public Galleries. But I’d already caught the magic of the illuminated texts I saw there. My life was changed by them. Our 21st Century Saint Johns Bible owes its being to the influence of those dusty old, hand-crafted pages on a rambunctious kid.” – Donald Jackson
Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible
From 2007 to 2012, Jackson was Artistic Director of the $40,000,000 publishing project centred on the Heritage Edition, facsimile volumes of The Saint John’s Bible. Many are now in collections of widely varying institutions and faith communities around the world.
Amongst these are – Australian Catholic University, Australia (5 campuses); Brigham Young University, Salt Lake City (Mormon); Mayo Clinics, MN; Pepperdine University, CA; Saint Martin-in-the-Fields, London; Vassar College, NY; Vatican Museum and Vatican Library, Rome. They have also been acquired by Baptist and Methodist institutions as well as public and private collections.
A special set of the Apostles Edition was presented to the Library of Congress on the occasion of Pope Francis’s address to Congress during his first visit to North America in September 2015.