Jessica Jane Charleston

Location: Bow Arts Studio, Bow Road

Jessica is a painter, writer and printmaker who makes handmade books under the name Make Mud Press. Jessica’s work, an exploration of the self-portrait, reflects psychological states, often focusing on womanhood. She aims to carry the spontaneity of her sketchbooks through to her painting and printmaking. The artist’s ideas are dependent on action, it is in the doing, the drawing, that she ‘finds what she wants to say’.



2016 - 2017 PG Dip Royal Drawing School (The Drawing Year)
2006 - 2009 BA Hons in Fine Art - Kingston upon Thames University
2005 - 2006 Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Cambridge Regional College


Somewhere Else: Three East Anglian Printmakers, Galeria Cartavetra, Florence, Italy
​The London Art Fair, represented by The Nunnery Gallery, London

In the Pines, with Beau Rouse, Studio exhibition, Borgo Pignano, Italy
​Paper Cuts, curated by Kristian Day, The Saatchi Gallery, London
New Blood, Fresh Stains, St Osyth Boatyard
Invitation to a Rave from Mark Titchner, The Nunnery, London
Downsizing, Cave Space, London
Killing the Angel in the House, Caravanserail, London


Best of The Drawing Year, Christie's, Mayfair London
The Drawing Year Exhibition, The Royal Drawing School, London
Are You Interested in Bodies? - The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe
Etchings - ISBN Arts Festival, Suffolk

Bow Open, curated by Anj Smith - Nunnery Gallery, London
Depth and Detail - The Sentinel Gallery, Wivenhoe
Postkarte - Wivenhoe Bookshop
Curator & Exhibitor: Makeready, Attico Arts


Drawing Intensive - The Mercer Chance Gallery, London
​Drawings from Life - The Open Road Bookshop, Suffolk
​Art on a Postcard - Soho Revue Gallery, London

2009 - 2014

The Cat Circus - Bexley Heritage Trust​​
Illustrated Envelopes - Illustrationcupboard Gallery, London
Picture This - Orleans House Gallery, London
Mind Soup - 320 Gallery, London
Pop-Up Circus - St. Margaret's Place, London
Festoon - Hanbury Street, London


2019 Ways of Drawing, by the Royal Drawing School, Thames & Hudson
​2019 Scare-Devil, Chapbook journal of new writing, Tangerine Press

​Self and collaborative Publications:

2018 Heft, Make Mud Press
​2018 The Chapette Books, Make Mud Press
​2016 Sunk Sun, Make Mud Press
​2015 The Green Children, Jardine Press
​2009 Next-to-Nothing, Shed Press Publications

2019 Artist In Residence, Dumfries House, Scotland
​2018 Moritz-Heyman Residency, Pignano, Italy
​2011 The Emporium - Orleans House Gallery, London
​2009 15 days, 15 artists - firstsite, Essex
Permanent Collections:

Moritz-Heyman Collection, Italy
​HRH Prince of Wales, UK
​Stuart Hall Library, Artists' Book Collection, UK