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Jo Ray

Jo Ray is an artist, researcher and lecturer based in Sheffield, UK.

Jo Ray is based in Sheffield, UK. Her practices explore the interplay between imagined possibilities and lived experience, typically through lens based works, performance and installations responding to social and spatial situations, found imagery, text and archive material.

Her current research explores encounters with models and 'modelness'. She has recently undertaken residencies in the autonomous township Christiania in Copenhagen and a Model Railway Enthusiasts club in Sheffield.


Artist, Art and Design educator, Researcher. 

Programme lead MA/MDes Design at the University of Derby

Qualifications / Training

2014 - 2020       Doctoral study: Exploring the Potential of Re-activating Models Through Art  Practice'

2005 - 07           PCGE Post 16 Education, University of Hull

2000 - 02           MFA Fine Art Media, The Slade School of Art, University College London,

1997 - 2000       Hull School of Art and Design, BA (Hons) Fine Art (first class)

1996 – 1997      BTEC Foundation Art and Design

Selected Exhibitions

2018     Dystopia and Resistance, Futurecades, Festival of the Mind, Millenium Galleries Sheffield.

2016     Testing, Testing  SIA Gallery, Sheffield

2015     The Hepworth Print Fair The Hepworth, Wakefield

2015     Pages International Artists Book Fair. The Tetley, Leeds

2014     Seldom Seen  Boone’s Chapel, Lewisham

2014     Seldom Seen  Art Gene Gallery and Studios, Barrow in Furness

2013     Uncle Vern’s Dog Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne

2012     Magnificent Distance exhibition and critical dialogue event, Globe Gallery, Newcastle

2009     My Spectacles (solo show) DLI Gallery, Aykley Heads, Durham 

Site Responsive Projects

2014     On the Endless Here  Gallery Eleven, Hull

2012     Spoken For  public realm commission Washington DC, The 5x5 Project, D.C Commission on the Arts, Grit & Pearl. Part of Magnificent Distance curated by Richard Hollinshead. Magnificent Distance publication

2011     A Common Treasury  South Shields Seafront Interpretation and Engagement. Grit & Pearl / South Tyneside Council So. Shields Publication

2011     Lost Languages (ship forks & sema-forks) South Shields Seafront Interpretation & Engagement. Grit & Pearl / South Tyneside Council

2009     Broken Watch, temporary public realm commission, Northcabin, Bristol

2009     Stand By, temporary public realm commission, Gateshead Riverside Park, Rednile Projects / Gateshead Council

2004     Turn Over, heritage interpretation commission, animation and mutoscope, Woodhorn colliery Museum /    Inspire Wansbeck


2018     Interuppteur (participant with lead artist Rachel Smith) Sheffield University

2017     Research residency at Sheffield Model Rail Enthusiasts Club

2016     CRiR (Christiania Researcher in Residence) July-August 2016 and October 2014)

2014     Reports on Knowledge. Library Interventions, Leeds College of Art (as an ‘agent’ on behalf of Dr Sharon Kivland)

2015     So. Shields; South Shields Seafront Interpretation and Engagement, Grit & Pearl / South Tyneside Council

2008     The Final Frontier, residency in the Teams Valley, Gateshead for Rednile Projects / Gateshead Council

2008     Open Studios Residency, Skolska 28, Prague

2004     AA2A Artists Access to Artschools, University of Lincoln

Curatorial Projects

2015     What’s to Hand, SIA Gallery, Sheffield

2013     Seldom Seen, heritage interpretation for the Ship Inn, Piel Island. Collaboration with Art Gene, Associates, Barrow in Furness.

2010     Your Future Needs You, Art Gene Gallery, Barrow in Furness. (co-curated with Maddi Nicholson and Stuart Bastik)


2014                 Vice Chancellor’s PhD Scholarship, Sheffield Hallam University,

2013                 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award

2004                 Arts Council England Grants for the Arts Award

2002                 Julian Sullivan Award for Fine Art Media, Slade School of Art

2000                 AHRC postgraduate award

Artist talks / visiting lectures

2012                 Visiting tutor, Corcoran Institute, Washington DC. 2009

2009                 Talk for professional development programme, Xsite Architecture, Newcastle

2009                 Artists Talk about Northcabin commission ‘Broken Watch’, Spike Islan, Bristol

2008                 Visiting lecturer, University of Cumbria, Carlisle

2006                 Visiting lecturer, Leeds Met University




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