Moonbeams was a Birmingham City Council Education project. Placing Artists from a variety of disciplines into Nurseries, early years settings and schools, attempting to initiate creativity and child-led learning within these environments. “How do you ‘Catch a Moonbeam and pin it down?” A quest to make learning visible. I have been a documenter and artist for the various Moonbeams projects over the  6 years it ran.

The above three films show a snap shot from Moonbeams 1, Too and 3. They were screened at MAC as part of the allotment exhibition before featuring in a solo show also at MAC later that year.

Birmingham on Broadway – CBSO Young Voices

I filmed this performance of Glee style music in Symphony Hall.

The Lost Happy Endings

A trailer I made for the MAC Christmas show.

Trailer for The Lost Happy Endings from Jonathan Lee on Vimeo.

In the Best Light – The Public

A commission by The Public – West Bromwhich, to produce a series of images in local factories shining a light on modern manufacturing in the Black Country. The work was exhibited as an accompaniment to an exhibition of the work of Maurice Broomfield, a post war industrial photographer.


Brierly Hillness – English Heritage

The production of over 40 short videos for the web based toolkit and archive – Brierley Hillness Toolkit

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra

I’ve documented many CBSO projects producing photographs and films such as this one for an education project taking inspiration from Shakespeare’s Mid Summer Night’s Dream.

Creative Childhoods – Birmingham City Council 

 A celebration of reflective practice in Birmingham early years settings, I was the resident artist at Washwood Heath Nursery School, looking at developing the use of video as a reflective tool. I was also the project documenter, responsible for producing an archive of images and filmed interviews with participants, artists and settings.

The Judicial College

I regularly produce films for the Judicial College which are used to train the judiciary of England and Wales. They are often courtroom dramas highlighting various topics, scripted by a Judge directed and edited by myself.

Inclusion Video – Royal National Institute for the Blind

A series of training videos examining issues of inclusion for visually impaired young people. The films are being made by young people with visual impairment and are targeted at their sighted peers.

13 Documentaries – Ikon Gallery

A series of documentaries commissioned by Ikon to accompany Rirkrit Tiravanija’s exhibitionDemo Station No. 4. A series of short films about people with interesting and unusual hobbies such as Bonsai growing, Mehndi and Lace Making.

Exhibitions – Midland Aquaphiliacs & Re-Inventing the Wheel

Midland Aquaphiliacs is an Arts Council funded documentary photography exhibition exploring the relationship Birmingham residents have with the coast, produced in collaboration with Jake Oldershaw. It was first exhibited in Birmingham Central Library as part of Architecture Week 2004. In 2005 Jake and I collaborated on ‘Re-inventing the Wheel’ an interactive visual symphonyinspired by the Birmingham Eye.

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