Jo leads the BA Photography and Fashion Photography courses as well as the MA Photography and Fashion Photography courses at UCA Rochester.
Jo developed an interest in photography whilst studying for her undergraduate degree in fine art. After graduation she spent several years teaching photography before eventually moving north to undertake an Arts Council Traineeship in gallery and museum-based photography education at the (then) National Museum of Photography, Film & Television in Bradford. Jo later took up the post of Learning Development Co-ordinator at the Museum, remaining in post for several years. During this time, she working extensively with the Museum’s archives and exhibitions.
Jo began teaching photography in higher education settings in 2007 and worked with various different universities until 2018, when she joined UCA.
Jo holds an MA Visual Art and is trained to Post Graduate Diploma level in Post Compulsory Education and Training. She is also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.
Jo is an active researcher with a particular interest in heritage and photographic archives. Her visual practice usually features found photographs, and material drawn for her personal collection of domestic photographs which includes many hand-coloured magic lantern slides.
Jo has exhibited her work widely and participated many group shows including at the Brighton Photo Biennial in 2016. She has also exhibited at the Crossley Gallery at Dean Clough in Halifax, at Left Bank and Bowery Gallery in Leeds, and at the South Square Gallery and the Dye House Gallery in Bradford.
Examples of Jo’s practice can be found on her: website