Joanna Jowett



York St JohnCollege, University of Leeds 2003 – 2006
BA (Hons) Performance (Drama) First Class Degree

Greenhead College, Huddersfield 2001 –2003
A-levels: Drama and Theatre studies (B), English Language and Literature (A),Modern History (B), General Studies (A)

Solo Exhibitions

Rearing Whilst Rising, Left Bank Leeds. An exhibition of new work exploring the extremes of joy and grief experienced through the lens of motherhood. Including new prints, poems and a series of portraits of some of the many makers who are part of the Creative Mothers Project in Leeds. This new body of work turns our attention to the parents & carers, in particular m/others who continue to navigate holding multiple roles within a domestic space, something that intensified throughout the pandemic. 

Exploring the edges of what is public/private who is seen/unseen and the soft and vulnerable parts of being human. Jun-Jul 2023

Group Exhibitions

Do you hear us...are you listening? Spilt Milk Gallery Online, Nov 2023 - Jan 2024.

In/Visible, Archive Leeds, Collective space group show by The High Rise Project. Jul 2023 

International Women's Day Exhibition by Creative Mothers Project Leeds, HUMBL Leeds. Mar-April 2023.

Bring It! at Aire Place Studios Leeds, May - June 2022

nothing is happening, everything is happening, new work created as part of the Creative Mothers Project exhibition Creāre for IOMA. A series of three miniature photograph and mixed media pieces. Feb 2020

The Reversing Machine, by Simon Lewandowski & Sam Belinfante, The Tetley, Leeds
Sound work selected for 'The Palindrone Jukebox'  - To Breathe with Words, Jan – Feb 2014


The Book of Book Ideas, by 23 Press, 2022.

Paradiso COPY publication as part of Wild Pansy Press residency, 2013

Performance of The Sky for COPY: Charts, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, 2012

Automatic Writing in response to Ron Athey 'Gift of the Spirit: Automatic Writing'  for COPY // unfold, 2011

RITE published as part of Critical Communities, a New Work Network and Open Dialogues project exploring the practice of collaborative critical writing on and as new work (interdisciplinary and live art), 2009

Commissioned Writing & Interviews

Review of Andrew Omoding, Welcome to Me, Scarborough. To See and Hold My Work at Crescent Arts, Woodend Gallery, Scarborough for Corridor 8, Jun 2022

Interview with Idit Nathan and Helen Stratford, Further Afield at Yorkshire Sculpture Park for Corridor 8, Oct 2021

Dwell Time: a moving picture of mental health - Extended Review of Dwell Time Issue 2 for Corridor 8, Aug 2020

Interview with Kerry Harker and Claire Irving, East Leeds Project for Corridor 8, Oct 2019

Yoko Ono Exhibition Review for Corridor 8. Mar 2019

Review writing for Northern Soul  2016-2017 

(in)Xclusion Interviewand Text Commission from East Street Arts: Feb 2012  

Compass Live Art Symposium, Leeds, Associate Artist and Writer. Nov 2011     

AN Interface Degrees Unedited, Interview with David Richmond, York St John University. Jul 2011  

WHIPPIT– Commissioned Writer for the 6th National Whippit Night, York Feb 2010  

Critical Communities and RITE publication, Feb – Dec 09

Writer for Open Dialogues: New Life Berlin Festival - Collaborative writing project for, Berlin, Germany. May-Jun 2008

Time & Tidal Flow, Live Art and Contemporary Performance Festival Hull Time Based Arts and New Work Yorkshire, writer in residence/editor. Apr 2008


Wild Pansy Press Project Space, University of Leeds, School of Fine Art COPY Writers Retreat project Feb 2013

Site Gallery, Sheffield, print it: COPY in residence Aug 2012

Curatorial Projects as COPY

unfold II, launched Sep 2023

everything but the bathing suit, launched Sep 2019

Writers Retreat, Wild Pansy Press Project Space, Old Mining Building, University of Leeds. Residency, publication and launch including artists talk, Feb 2013

COPY: at the table, performance event and publication 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe, February2013.

COPY: Charts, Project and Publication, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Sept – Nov 2012.

print it: COPY in residence, Site Gallery, Sheffield, August 2012

COPY: Double, Performance and billboard commission of OUI Performance, Bloc Projects Sheffield, April – May2012

COPY // unfold, publication and launch event, Sheffield, December 2011

COPY // Understudy, publication for The Plaza Principle exhibition, Leeds, October 2010


Illumination: An Evening of Poetry and Music
Poetry reading as part of ‘Illumination: An Evening of Poetry and Music, at Bradford Cathedral, Mar 2022 

Hands Full Ensemble, Meditations on Motherhood
Ensemble artist and performer. Presented by Sophia Clist, Lizzy Humber and Mothers Who Make, Nov 2020

Touchby Four Hands dance company, performed alongside my daughter Bella (aged 5) as part of the ensemble community cast in the Leeds performances of ‘Touch’ at The Holbeck and Yorkshire Dance, Mar 2020


PABDMOUTH– Publish and Be Damned, Plymouth, Nov 2013   
Papers, Fictions, Scripts & Circles, Site Gallery, Sheffield, Aug 2012
COPY unfold Launch Event, S1 Artspace, Sheffield, Dec 2011     
Writing Encounters International Symposium York St John University, Sep 2008  

Teaching Experience

Cyanotype Workshop Facilitator, East Leeds Project for Yorkshire Wildlife Trust community workshop Aug 2022
Art Workshop Leader, Book Binding Workshop, 23 Press/ Leeds 2023, Mar 2022
Visiting Lecturer, Curating The Page, York St John University Mar 2015

Other Works

see you - made in response to a call out from song writer and musician Beccy Owens, included in the music video for ‘Safety First‘ a track from CHAOTICA by Beccy Owen & The Refuge, Mar 2021

Using Format