Jo believes that 'different' is delicious not divergent.
A speaker, writer and activist, she creates, produces and curates art. She also intervenes in arts and culture at strategic levels with national agencies and on the ground with organisations/individuals embedding the belief that diversity adds texture, turning policy into real action.
Her most recent video installation, Take Me To Bed, created with Luke Pell and featuring Caroline Bowditch, Robert Softley Gale, Janice Parker and Luke himself, premiered at the Dance Digital Mobilities Festival in Bedford in April 2014 and will be touring the UK in 2014/15.
Other work in the last few years, delivered in partnership with Sarah Pickthall, has included:
- Short Circuit - fusing disabled artistry and digital acumen
- Push Me - film-making for The Space focusing on Unlimited artists within the 2012 Cultural Olympiad
- Sync - examining the interplay between disability and leadership in the cultural sector.
She has also written a number of articles defining the UK's Creative Case and articulating the perspective that diversity is at the heart of great art.
In 2013, Jo undertook a personal challenge to do one thing differently every day for the whole year, to push the barriers within her own practice.
Jo has won both Cosmopolitan's woman of achievement award and her village's cup for making jam.
Jo is partially deaf and has tinnitus. She uses residual hearing, lip reading and sign language.
Photo by: Mark Morreau.
Take Me To Bed
Featuring Luke Pell, Caroline Bowditch, Janice Parker, Robert Softley Gale.
An extract from Take Me to Bed
An installation comprising 8 frames: 4 with beds (overhead shots); 4 with extreme close ups.
On the beds four unique bodies move.
In close up we see their bodies up close and personal.
Take Me To Bed
Duration: Installation on a 60 minute loop
Number of people on road: 1
Freight: Excess baggage
Two projectors can be toured in excess baggage.
Digital media and player can be brought in hand luggage.
Take Me to Bed is an installation, an invitation, to come close to non-traditional dance bodies and their dances. The installation requires a 14 m blank wall for projection or 2 x 7 m as ideally the bodies in the beds should be displayed life sized.
Can deliver keynote presentations, speeches and practical workshops based on body image/representation of disabled people within contemporary or historic culture.