Wednesday, 24 July 2019

Dear everyone,

I hope you're enjoying the beautiful weather!

If you are free tomorrow or Friday, why not pop along to Wave Cafe's open days at The Birchwood Centre in Muswell Hill, at the Birchwood Centre, 171 Fortis Green Road, where on Thursday morning I'll be helping you make lovely picture postcards using acrylic painting techniques:

Here's Ben, Wave's Creative Director, with sculptures created by participants at one of their weekly Thursday evening sessions.
Wave run a great variety of Thursday workshops.
 This one was delivered earlier this month by Rubbish Artist and me, working together as Trash Twins.

Find out more about Wave Cafe here:

On Saturday I'll have a few small select pieces of art for sale at Caroline Gregory's Summer Art Sale, happening at AMP Gallery, in Peckham SE15:

My work will be there all day, but I won't be there until the evening, because during the day I'll be teaching my Super Art Saturday class for Adult Learning Lewisham. 
This fun day will involve experimenting with lots of interesting practical exercises with pencil, charcoal, pastel and acrylic paint. A small number of places are still available. Go here to book:

If you like life drawing come along to the last Five Alive of the summer. It's happening upstairs in the bar at Union Chapel in Islington. With FIVE models all posing together, short poses, acrobatics and yoga, music, drinks from the bar, the okie kokie and a multi model 45 minute long pose, this is an evening not to be missed! The session is for the most part untutored, with one to one coaching from me during the long pose. There are a few tickets still available, so book quickly to secure your spot!

And on Monday and Tuesday 10am  - 4pm, I'll be running my Watercolour Advanced class at the Salvation Army Hall in Nunhead, SE15. Day one will focus on landscape watercolour, and on day two we'll explore abstraction.
No need to book, just drop in. You can pay by cash or card. Reply to this email for a list of art materials to bring.

And finally! Here are some pics from my Singing Mermaid live art installation for Oceans Day at Greenwich Maritime Museum:

With love and best wishes - Joanna

Friday, 7 June 2019

I'm very pleased and delighted to be taking part in this:

It's tomorrow! (June 8th). I'll be delivering my Singing Mermaid live art interaction for Oceans Day at Greenwich Maritime Museum. Please follow this link for details:

10am start. Come early to grab your free fish!

And next Saturday, June 15th, I'll be running an all day life drawing session at Adult Learning Lewisham's Brockley Rise Centre. Book your place here:

And don't forget to book your tickets for the next Five Alive, upstairs in the bar at Union Chapel in Islington, on July 28th, 6-9pm.

There'll be FIVE, yes FIVE models posing, a series of short poses, acrobatics and yoga, the okie kokie and a multi model long pose. To book please go here:

Friday, 17 May 2019


It's your last chance to see my paintings "HMS Impregnable" and 
"If Only the Moon" at The London Bridge Hotel Open.

London Bridge Hotel
8-18 London Bridge Street,
Shard Quarter
SE1 9SG.

The exhibition finishes on May 27th! 
14 artists were selected from 200 applicants. The exhibition was funded and organised by The London Bridge Hotel, in association with Team London Bridge and Southwark Council.

And here are some pictures from last night's All About Inks at Wave Cafe, Muswell Hill:

Wave present lovely fun and inclusive creative sessions each week. To find out more go here:

And my independent Monday evening life drawing sessions are continuing in Granddad's Shed at Little Nan's Bar in Deptford SE8 4BZ. Every Monday, 8-10pm, £10. No need to book, just drop in!

Thursday, 9 May 2019

I'm delighted to be a part of the Miniscule exhibition curated by Vanya Balogh.

Opening at the Venice Biennale tomorrow (10th of May) it promises to be a truly wonderful, fascinating and exciting show!

Follow this link to see a lovely video about it by Andrea Morucchio:

I'm also very pleased and excited to tell you that I'll soon be teaching classes for adults at Adult Learning Lewisham. I'm starting with six weeks of watercolour on Friday afternoons from 1 - 3pm, starting on 7th of June.

Last but not least! I'm delivering an All About Inks session for Wave Cafe in Muswell Hill next Thursday evening (16th of May).

Wave is really wonderful, warm and inclusive, so come and join the fun!

To book your place go here:

Looking forward to seeing you! - Jox

Friday, 19 April 2019

Hello everyone,

From 11am - 3pm I will be blowing eggs at The Blue tomorrow - Saturday April 20th.
Come along for some free Easter fun and to celebrate Saint George's day!
There will be an egg hunt, art fun and live music:

As you can see, I've been blowing eggs at Wave Cafe's Birchwood Centre and also the Culture Cafe at Union Chapel, and I've got some photos from these and other projects on the website of Gavin Turk, for his project Gavin Turk Egg.

Nip over there to read all about it and vote for your favourite egg, by clicking the heart symbol in the top left hand corner:

The London Bridge Hotel Open is almost over! Do pop in to see my paintings and work by 13 other Southwark based artists. The hotel is on London Bridge Street, near The Shard, and my paintings are in the lobby - near the door to the bar.

I was lucky enough to be interviewed by Debbie Elliot for The Sunday Tribune. Follow this link to find out more:

Join me for my first class at The Salvation Army Hall in Nunhead, this Tuesday April 23rd - we will be looking at the wonderful artist Paula Rego. Class starts at 10am, and finishes at 1pm. The course runs for 10 weeks and costs £150, or £15 per session. No need to book, just pop in!

The entrance to the classes in the upper hall is on Nunhead Green SE15 3QQ, the building is on the corner of Nunhead Green and Gordon Road.

Wave Cafe at The Birchwood Centre in Muswell Hill have some exciting sessions lined up for summer - I'll be there next on May 16th, more info here: 

Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Hello everyone, and Happy Springtime!

My Five Alive life drawing session at Union Chapel on Sunday April 28th, 6-9pm, is booking fast - the last one was almost sold out, so act quickly to secure your place! Here's the link for booking tickets:

And I'm super happy to be running more of my Exploring Creativity classes at The Salvation Army Hall in Nunhead, SE15.

They are running on Tuesday mornings, from 10am - 1pm. The term lasts for ten weeks, and costs £150, or £75 concessions.

Each week we explore the life and work of a different artist, and then do practical exercises, working up to making a piece of artwork on a theme linked to the artist explored.

This term we'll be learning about lots of interesting artists, including Paula Rego, Rose Wylie and Christopher Le Brun.

No need to book in advance, simply pop along to the first class on April 23rd. Or email me to secure your place. 

Thursday, 4 April 2019

After the grand launch of Meet Me on Tour at Deptford Lounge:

why not pop across to Wave Cafe in Muswell Hill, where from 7.30pm I'll be running a super fun egg decorating workshop!

I hope to see you there!

Wednesday, 3 April 2019

Hello everyone,

I've been working alongside my friend and colleague Dick Graham on a project with Meet Me At The Albany:

We've been documenting their project Meet Me At Lewisham Homes through art. We've seen some other amazing artists make incredible artworks with Lewisham residents, and produced our own work that explores this unique and interesting story and journey.

There's a celebration opening event happening tomorrow at Deptford Lounge, for the exhibition. It's called Meet Me On Tour, and I'll be running an interactive watercolour table, while Dick will be a "live drawing" wandering artist. Come along to experience this and other interesting and unique goings on.

All the wonderful artworks will be on display, we hope to see you!

The exhibition continues until April 25th.

Meet Me On Tour
Thursday 4 – Thursday 25 April, 2019
Deptford Lounge 9 Giffin Street, SE8 4RJ.

A celebration of the creative work of older residents
from four Lewisham Homes Independent Living
Schemes and Meet me at the Albany members.
Drop in any time to view the exhibition or join us for
activities and events.

Thursday 4 April, 3pm – 6pm
Exhibition opening, book launch and film premiere.

Free workshops in cut and paste poetry, live drawing,
watercolour painting, felt making, make your own
cabaret, chair dancing and more.

Check the Albany website or contact Sarah Phillips
for the full schedule:
020 8692 0231 ext 280

Deptford Lounge, 9 Giffin Street, SE8 4RJ
Part of the Meet Me at... programme, which was established
in 2013 in partnership with the London Borough of Lewisham.
Since 2017 lounges in sheltered housing schemes have been
hosting artists working with residents on projects from felt
making to cabaret. Possible due to support from Lewisham
Homes and Arts Council England’s Celebrating Age funding.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Hello everyone,

This Sunday (March 24th) I'll be running my Five Alive life drawing session upstairs in the bar at Union Chapel on Compton Terrace in Islington, nearest tube Highbury and Islington, from 6-9pm.

With FIVE models, poses set to music, acrobatics, yoga and a multi model long pose, this is a life drawing experience like no other!

Drinks available for purchase from the bar, and art materials are included in the ticket price. To book go here:
 And my life sessions at Little Nan's Bar in Deptford continue every Monday evening, 8-10pm. No need to book a place, just drop in!

Tuesday, 5 February 2019


I hope you can join me and 100 other artists at Q Park in Whitcombe Street WC2H 7DT this Sunday, between 12 and 8pm, for an afternoon of mud wrestling fun to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Pig. 

Here's a link to the location:

In the exhibition "Four Legs Good, Two Legs Bad" curated by Rebecca Feiner in association with artist Vanya Balogh, I will be manifesting as Miss Piggy, Porcine, and refereeing the match between Victory and Brexit. Artist Frog Morris will be in attendance - is it a bet or is it a raffle? Will there be Victory over Brexit? Who will win? Find out this Sunday Feb 10th! The fight begins at 2pm, and we are in Time Out:

For more information on the exhibition please go here:

Thursday, 31 January 2019


For those of you who are interested in my life drawing sessions at Little Nan's in Deptford, please note that there will be no session next Monday -  on Feb. 4th. We will be back again the following week - Feb. 11th

I'm super excited and very happy that my paintings 
" HMS Impregnable" and "If Only the Moon" were recently accepted for exhibition at the London Bridge Hotel OPEN. 

This is a lovely exhibition taking place in the lobby and bar of this fabulous hotel in London Bridge. It opened last night and is supported by Team London Bridge and Southwark Council.

 More info here:

“HMS Impregnable” and “If Only the Moon” are an exploration of the
wonder and fascination for floral motifs in our history, and a
metaphorical description of the power of flowers to uplift and revive the
spirit in times of adversity.

Vibrant blue roses dance across the canvas, surrounded by rich, cloud
streaked blue skies above, and the choppy waters of deep green sea

The source for the roses springs from an abandoned hospital screen
discovered in the 1990s, when my art expressed itself through installations. Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher rolled out Care in the

Community. Hospitals and institutions closed. I attended an auction of
furniture and equipment and found a hospital screen. The poignancy of
its chintz rose pattern inspired me to start painting again. The patina on the fabric, rich with emotional resonance. Sanderson Chelsea, 1950s
style retro. English beauty, wonder, fascination. I started drawing and
painting as an experiment. Describing and capturing process,
rendering flowers.

Within the paintings can be found 83 names. Some of the people
tragically affected by the Government’s “Welfare Reform”,
as documented in Ken Loach’s film “I, Daniel Blake”. For example,
Colin Traynor suffered from epilepsy. He was denied disability living
allowance and found fit for work. His seizures increased due to stress.
He won his appeal five weeks after his death. His father said: “I firmly
believe – 100% believe – that the system this government introduced
has killed my son.”

Other elements include butterflies, sailors, birds, fish and mermaids. A
Japanese kitsune fox transformed into a woman. Darwin’s famous ship
HMS Beagle, chased by a sea monster. Poetry and song lyrics,
including the artist’s own.

There are fourteen artists exhibiting, all works are for sale, and the exhibition continues until June.