JO ROBERTS VISUAL ARTIST
Based in Warwickshire
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.
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.
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.