CONNECT, GROW AND CONTRIBUTE

Jo has first hand knowledge of the issues that neurodivergent artists face in education and in society. Her personal experiences and interests in supporting those who identify as Austistic, ADD and ADHD have led to co-research and co-design specific resources and tools to share with the community.

CASE STUDIES

Drawing on the Gallery Wall: Fabrica gallery residency project (pictured) www.fabrica.org.uk.

Art & Design Workshop for Autistic Adults: Pilot project co-developing art studio sessions with autistic adults. A small group of 8 (all levels welcome) join experienced art tutors in a fully equipped studio. A series of free, two hour sessions.

#research #artandadesign #inclusion #diversity #education #neurodivergence #autism #ADD #ADHD

DIVERSITY WITHIN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES

Jo is practiced and passionate about how and why the design process can and should include more people, their unique ideas and their lived experiences. Process AND product are equally important to Jo because the results are unique and meaningful and collaboration is way too exciting!

Join the Social Art Space Studio. It’s dedicated to researching and expanding the reach and remit of art and design through practical applications. If you are an illustrator, artist, designer keen to develop skills in collaboration, accessibility and inclusive practices and promoting meaningful, useful projects that embrace diversity, value sustainability and develop inclusive design strategies, email info@jooffer.co.uk and find out more.

Pictured: Teatowel designed for the Rocket Artists Studios shop. Artwork by Beth Makrill.

#inclusion #enterprise #diversity #artandadesign #studio #commissions #collaborations #sociallyengaged

SUPPORTING ARTIST-EDUCATORS, FACILITATORS & COMMUNITY PROGRAMME CREATORS

Introducing Social Art Space. Are you an artist-facilitator or arts workshop lead? Do you manage or deliver arts/education programmes for the public or specific communities? Are you an arts educator working with a partner organisation delivering a project that involves working with communities? Are you a facilitator working hard to balance ethical practices with communities and organisational partnerships? Are you so busy working from one project to another that you hardly have time to review each project? Do you have worries about your project partner expectations? Do you have concerns about a community group you are working with but don’t know how to address it, or who with? Issues and considerations like this are SO common.

Lighten the load by joining the Social Art Space community. Send Jo a few details about how she can help via the WORK WITH ME page and sign up to her monthly newsletter Wondering Out Loud. The newsletter will help you stay in the loop and feel part of a friendly, supportive group. You will receive support, practical tips and access to specialist courses, professional development, 1:1 mentoring – ideal for those who need some time to reflect and use accountability to make progress happen, training resources and courses, retreats and residencies.

#teaching #learning #research #artandadesign #training #support #strategy #mentoring

ARTS & CULTURAL SECTOR: SUPPORTING INCLUSIVE PROGRAMMING

Jo supports commercial, not-for-profit and charity organisations who work within the arts and cultural sector through consultation and strategic planning. Connect with her for a portfolio of support ranging from: project management, widening public engagement, access and inclusion programming, advice on approaching community groups, developing more diverse audiences, funding applications, inclusive project design, ethical processes, creative team building, public engagement and accessible policy design and implementation. To book a strategy call to discuss how she can help please provide a few details via the WORK WITH ME page.

CASE STUDIES

Jo and collaborator Jane Fox worked together to realise two recent ACE funded exhibitions with Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, UK: Towards Inclusion and Art By Johnny: Exploring Inclusive Curation. Both exhibitions were designed to celebrate the diverse skills of learning disabled and neurodivergent artists whilst gently challenging public assumptions and shifting the dial for arts organisations seeking opportunities to review their inclusion and access programmes and policies.

Go to www.disabilityarts.online/magazine to read about the process a team of learning disabled, neurodivergent, neurotypical artists took in curating the Arts Council England funded exhibition. The exhibition was held at the Phoenix Art Space in Brighton www.phoenixbrighton.org. To see a video about these projects go to www.vimeo.com/728576293.

Photo Credit: Natasha Bidgood

#artanddesign #diversity #inclusion #access #education

INCLUSIVE ARTS RESEARCH AND KNOWLEDGE EXCHANGE

As an academic, Jo is dedicated to the practical application of learning, teaching and sharing of research across university, third sector and business partnerships. She has co-designed and delivered modules at masters, degree and diploma and certificate levels. A graduate and senior lecturer in Inclusive Arts Practice at University of Brighton (link) she has worked with Central St Martins social design programme and Illustration MA at Portsmouth University, delivering inclusive arts tasters and training. She is research supervisor at Carnegie Research and external examiner for MA Illustration at Portsmouth University. To see Jo’s academic research profile go to www.research.brighton.ac.uk.

CASE STUDIES

A recent research project for Carnegie Research, Jo and colleague Jayne Lloyd studied the impact of social restrictions on inclusive arts practice, learning, teaching and research (as a result of Covid 19 pandemic restrictions).

As collaborator on the Routledge published book Inclusive Arts Practice and Research Jo designed the layout and collaborated on illustrations with learning disabled Rocket Artist Kelvin Burke. This publication is used as a key text in many educational and cultural organisations around the world seeking an accessible, practical and rigorous guide on inclusion, art and learning disability. www.routledge.com/A-Critical-Manifesto.

#academia #research #inclusivearts #teaching #learning #higher education

CHARITY FUNDRAISING AND BUSINESS ENTERPRISE

Jo’s experience working across commercial, voluntary and public sectors means she is equipped with a solid understanding of the skills and considerations that individuals and organisations face in navigating for sustainable success. Jo set up Rocket Artists’ Studios Community Interest Company in 2016. She is co-ordinating director and business manager, responsible for growing turnover, managing partnership contacts and funding budgets. She has raised project funds and managed budgets in excess of 350,000 and is proud to work alongside a specialist team of 10 freelance staff who deliver sessions and projects throughout the year in their dedicated studios in Brighton, UK.

Rocket Artists Studios is a not-for-profit CIC – a group of diverse artists who develop collaborative and inclusive strategies alongside making art. The CIC aim is to provide opportunities and support for artists who face additional barriers due to learning, physical or neurodivergent differences. This artist-led group celebrates diverse identities, abilities and art practices and the studios provide dedicated space and support for professional development. Find out more at www.rocketartists.co.uk.

#thirdsector #commercial #business #enterprise #education #charity #notforprofit #publicsector #funding