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Jo Newman : Influential practitioner, educator and maker.


BA Fashion & Textiles, Winchester School of Art

MA Art & Design: Interdisciplinary Practices, Birmingham School of Art, Birmingham City University

Lecturer: Illustration, Birmingham City University

Jo Newman grew up on the edge of Dartmoor, isolated from city life and surrounded by open spaces. Devoid of social interaction, the Internet and the burden of commercialism, an exasperating reliance on community transport lead to a compatibility with hitch hiking, walking the hills and wandering the lanes to define her creative future.


Her current work speculates on new ways of living, adaption, Nomadic movement, narrative, and environmental circumstances.


As a University lecturer, the pedagogy of Illustration forms a major part of her day to day teaching; feeding directly into creative enrichment activities which look at the relationships between Space, Performance, Drawing and Response to evaluate learner motivation; exposition; direction of activity; criticism; and imitation.

This is new, emerging and ongoing research.


Exhibitions include:

Stroud International Textiles, Select Exhibition

Margaret Street, Birmingham - Strange Attractors

Prato Art & Fashion Exhibition, Italy

Newlyn Art Gallery Cornwall

Independent Galleries

Private Comissions


Collaboration with costume designer Trevor Collins:

The Crafts Council UK

Phantom of the Opera


Starlight Express

Torvil and Dean, Fire and Ice

Royal Shakespeare Company

Welsh National Opera

Saturday Night at the Paladium

Performances for Television


Craftmanship, narrative and process is integral with all her work and teaching.