Re-imagining the Laws of England & Wales

Artists' Books touring exhibition from The Sidney Nolan Trust 

2015 - 2017

This tour lasted over 2 years and travelled across the UK. Artists from around the country participated in the our celebration of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta. A set of ‘Halsbury’s Statutes’, the accepted authoritative texts for statute law (Acts of Parliament) of England and Wales, was donated to the Trust by a local court service whose staff now use online reference.  The 27 volumes were destined to be pulped had the Trust not taken them. Each volume has been transformed into a work of art exploring themes related to topics covered in the particular volume as well as ideas around legislation and society.

Participating artists:

Isabell Buenz (Midlothian), Mike Clements (Herefordshire), Ruth Cousins (Bangor), Sharon Hall Shipp (Presteigne), Veronica Hilton (Shropshire), Kate Kato (Gladestry), Nigel Kerry (Shropshire), Jill Lauriston (Sheffield), Mellie Lane (Shropshire), Marches Scribes (members across the Marches region), Angela Martin (Shropshire), Jackie Morris (Leominster), Linda Nevill (Wolverhampton), Heather Prescott (Shropshire), Lindsay Pritchard (Wolverhampton), Julia Reynolds (Shrewsbury), Helen Ricketts (West Bromwich), Rachel Ricketts (Kington), Anne Rook (London), Vivienne Sole (Hereford), Sylvia Stiff (Hereford), Marilyn Tippett (Liverpool), Linda Toigo (London), Jane Tudge (Herefordshire) Victoria Ute Parker (Herefordshire). 

 Volume number / topics covered by volume               Artist / title of work


2 (1999) - Allotments & Smallholdings; Animals; Arbitration; Architects     Jane Tudge: To Grow A Nation


2 (2003) - Allotments & Smallholdings; Animals; Arbitration; Architects     Anne Rook: Herbals and Bestiaries


4 - Auction; Aviation; Banking; Bankruptcy & Insolvency; Barristers      Sharon Hall Shipp: Redimiculum


6 - Children       Viv Sole: Toeing the Line


10 - Constitutional Law      Helen Ricketts: My Magna Carta, Today!


13 - Crown Proceedings; Customs & Excise; Damages; Distress; Easements & Profits à Prendre

Jill Lauriston: Immerse Yourself in the Middle Ages

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14 - Ecclesiastical Law     Jackie Morris


20 - Health & Safety at Work; Highways, Streets & Bridges     Linda Toigo


22 (2000) - Insurance; Judgements & Enforcement; Juries; Land Drainage & Improvements

Veronica Hilton: Breaking the law - Judgements and Execution


22 (2003) - Insurance; Judgements & Enforcement; Juries; Land Drainage & Improvements

Mellie Lane: Enforcement


32 (2001) - Open Spaces & National Heritage; Parliament; Partnership     Marches Scribes


32 (2004) - Open Spaces & National Heritage; Parliament; Partnership     

Victoria Ute Parker: Freedom in Open Spaces


33 - Patents & Designs; Peerages & Dignities; Pensions & Superannuation; Perpetuities; Police

Rachel Ricketts: The Nine O’Clock Horse


34 - Ports & Harbours; Postal Services; Prisons & Prisoners; Prize

Mike Clements: A Magna Carta for Citizen Democracy

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35 - Public Health & Environmental Protection      Kate Kato


37 - Real Property; Registration Concerning the Individual     

Ruth Cousins: Freedom Of The Individual


39 - Sale of Goods & Consumer Protection; Savings Banks; Sheriffs & Baliffs; Shipping & Navigation

Marilyn Tippett: Liverpool And Its Role In The Slave Trade


41 - Solicitors; Stamp Duties; Statutes     Nigel Kerry: Sounds Like Happy Birthday


43 - Taxation      Sylvia Stiff: In The Footsteps of Razulevich


44(2) - Taxation      Isabell Buenz: Kerching


50 - Value Added Tax; War & Emergency; Weights & Measures; Wills

Linda Nevill: War and Emergency


Cumulative Supplements 2002 & 2003      A Martin and H Prescott: Magna Carta 1215-2015, No One Is Above The Law


Cumulative Supplement 2007       Lindsay Pritchard: Sacred Liberty


Cumulative Supplement 2007               Julia Reynolds: Protest   

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Touring to

Pottery Cttage Clyro during Hay-on-Wye Festival 1-2 April 2017 & 26 May – 1 June 2017

Herefordshire Public Records Centre (HARC) 4 Sept – 27 Nov 2017

Previous tour dates:

Sidney Nolan Trust 15-28 June 2015
Bank Street Arts, Sheffield 2-26 Sept 2015
Liverpool Central Library Oct – Nov 2016
Aldeburgh Literary Festival 4-6-March 2016
Westminster Reference Library 18-30 April 2016
ArtWork Gallery, Northwich, Cheshire June-Aug 2016
Hereford College of Arts Sept-Oct2017
University of the West of England (UWE) Bristol Dec 2016-Jan 2017

Cranleigh Arts Centre, Surrey 11 Feb-20 March 2017

Pottery Cottage, Clyro, Hay Festival, 1-2 April 2017 & 26 May – 1 June 2017

Herefordshire Archive & Records Centre (HARC), Hereford: 5th Sept – 24th Nov 2017

Supported By

Arts Council England