Based in Warwickshire

D.O.B. 5.11.52


I am an artist drawn to the idiosyncrasies and overlooked aspects of life, exploring the people and places that I encounter, then recording my findings, invariably in a map form. My practice is process-based and my maps are the manifestation or celebration of a period of research, exploration or dialogue. The maps combine fact and fiction: real and fantastic geographies, personal and shared experiences, genuine encounters and uncovered myths. I combine my studio practice with residencies and commissions – partnership and collaboration are key drivers. I seek opportunities for dialogue and ‘travel’ with other artists, curators and the public during projects, to inform and unlock my ideas. I have a lively personality, and I love giving talks about what I do and how I came to be doing it. My passion and creativity comes through in everything I do.

Selected solo exhibitions & projects

2013     The Contemporary Surveyor of Compton Verney Compton Verney.

2012     Urban Fringe Kent Architecture Centre.

2011     The Excursionist Bedford Creative Arts.

2011     Slow Jo Fermynwoods Contemporary Art, Northamptonshire.

2010     Field Studies Timespan, Sutherland, Scotland.

2009     Busway Bricks Guided Busway, Cambridgeshire County Council.

2009     The Corby Press Corby Borough Council.

2009     Return to Sender Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre.

2009     The Waterwoman of Greenwich Peninsula Stream Greenwich

2009     Reflections on a Creative Journey Publication Cre8us Coventry.

2008     GOALS Manchester Art Gallery with Manchester City & United Football Clubs.

2007     Finding a Way Through Pump Rooms Art Gallery, Leamington Spa.

2006     Do More Than Exist – Live Angel Row Gallery, Nottingham.

2005     The Line of Continuity [of Ditchling] Ditchling Museum, East Sussex.

2004     Boundaries The Pump House Gallery, Battersea Park and Age Concern Wandsworth.

2004     A Survey of Gatherings New Perspectives, East Midlands.

2003     A Mass Exploration of the Isle of Thanet by Jo Roberts E.P. (Exploratory Probe)

Turner Contemporary with Thanet District Council, Margate, Kent.

2003      Life Enhancing Thoughts NOW Festival, Nottingham.

2002      Cartographer The Gallery, Stratford upon Avon.

2002      The Sliver Route The New Art Gallery, Walsall.

Group exhibitions & projects

2013     A3 Project Space, Birmingham.

2009     The Barcode Project Red Teapot ‘non-conference’, Coventry.

2007     Back and Forth Between the Space, curated by Erica Burton.

2006     Drawing in Motion ’42 missives’ at Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery.

2005     Stake your Claim Regeneration East Midlands, Community Consultation.

2003     The Roadshow Runner: Grizedale Roadshow Grizedale Arts, ‘Gallery in the Trees’ Birmingham and the Real Institute North Wales.

2003     Strangers no More The New Art Gallery, Walsall.

2002     Thoughts on a Tram  ‘Platforms’ event with The Public, West Bromwich.

2000     Bedworth Portrait A ‘Year of the Artist’ project with Compton Verney, Warwickshire.

Selected Residencies

2013     The Contemporary Surveyor of Compton Verney.

2009/10     Timespan Arts Centre, Sutherland, Scotland.

2009     Ladies Salon, Can Serrat, Barcelona. A.C.E. funded.

2008     Public Notices, Ditchling Museum, Sussex.

2007     Hothouse News C.A.B.E. Summer School, U.C.E.

2003     The Chronicler Bury St Edmunds Art Gallery.

2001/2    Jo’s Journeys Grizedale Arts, Cumbria with BBC Radio Cumbria.

1999    <asystem> Ikon Gallery, Birmingham.

Professional practice

Coaching: To individuals, & SMEs, in the Creative Industries.

Consulting: Arts & Business West Midlands, Creative Partnerships, Shropshire Arts, A.C.E.

Presentations: The New Art Gallery Walsall, Turner Contemporary, Margate, Norwich City Council.

Artist CPD: Ikon Gallery, Arts+Media Coventry, Collide, Escalator, Modern Art Oxford.

Broadcasting: Radio 4, Radio 5 Live, local BBC radio stations.


1996        MA Fine Art, School of Art, Birmingham City University

1994        BA Fine Art, School of Art, Birmingham City University

1975        BEd (Geography) Nottingham University (Ext)

Recipient of several Arts Council Awards, and work in the collection of Turner Contemporary,

The New Art Gallery Walsall and The Pump Rooms Leamington Spa.