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We are very pleased to announce the release of our latest issue which includes a special tribute section to the late Edward Baugh. Please see below for JWIL Vol. 32 No. 2. And do check out our recently launched YouTube channel -

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Linzey Corridon’s online residency on the work of Cliff Lashley (Feb 26-March 4, 2024)

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JWIL online residency on Edward Baugh (Jan 29-Feb 5, 2024)

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