Jo Gane: Photographic Artist & Educator

Coventry Creates

I've been commissioned by Coventry City of Culture to work with Centre for Cultural & Media Policy Studies, Warwick University and the Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University, and to test an arts and humanities approach to river regeneration and cultural values of water.

This project will involve making new images on the River Sherbourne in the area where it becomes hidden from view around Spon End Coventry. I'll be continuing to develop the approach I've been using on the River Cole in Birmingham, shooting with the Calotype process from 1841 during the day and making nocturnal photograms of the flow patterns of the water.

The images will be part of an online exhibition that will be live from 10th July 2020. Images will also be shared via postcards which will be sent to the area in which the images were made.

Please share images of the River Sherbourne and how you use it with us on Twitter and Instagram using the hastag #hiddenrivercov.

Work from this commission can be seen here.

Faye Claridge's Stay at Home Residency : New Art Gallery Walsall

Like most of the country, during lockdown I've been adapting to working from home with my children, aged 3 and 6. As such, we were invited by artist Faye Claridge to take part in her residency for New Art Gallery Walsall, where she has asked artist parents to work with their children for them to make something inspired by their parent's artwork.

The kids looked at my work, choosing the series Machines from 2014 and made a response using string, shadows and paint. The shadows also reminded me of some photograms I produced from architectural details in 2016 here.

Further responses that my kids made to my work, and others who participated in the project can be seen on the New Art Gallery website here.


Arts Council England - Covid 19 fund

I'm relieved to have been awarded funding from Arts Council England's Covid emergency grant, which will enable me to continue to practice and survive throughout the pandemic lockdown. This funding is crucial in bridging the current gap with no regular income as most of my work for the next few months has been cancelled.

I'll be using this funding to learn how to make Salt prints using a period recipe from the 1840s, with help online from a friend Rob Douglas who has supported me and taught me to make Calotypes over the past few years.

I'll be printing images of the River Cole from an ongoing project inspired by period Calotypes of the same river by George Shaw (1817-1904). I'll be sharing my progress on this through Instagram @jo.gane1 and this will result in a physical album of the work to date that will be shared as a video.

Imagine Bedworth

I'm collaborating with Photo Archive Miners on a new iteration of our Elephant Trap camera project in Bedworth, Warwickshire from February - May 2022. We will be responding to an archive of photographs from local historian John Burton by photographing around the town centre and markets with the Elephant Trap. 

In April,* we will be working with Bedworth Almshouses to photograph residents with a huge 19th Century studio camera and wet plate collodion which is being restored for this project by our friend and talented colleague, cabinet maker Jamie Hubbard.

The resulting work will be exhibited with the archive images outside in All Saints Square in the town and within the Heritage Centre throughout May.*

Public workshops will be held at Bedworth Arts Centre.

  • 2nd April 1-3pm, Cyanotype Printing*
  • 6th April 12-3pm, Pinhole Photography*

image of studio camera by Helen Billington

*update - due to Covid 19, this did not happen and we are looking at options to reschedule this activity.

Elephant Trap Camera

Throughout the winter of 2019/20 I've been working on a project in Willenhall, Coventry making and photographing with a unique camera we have designed and produced which blends heritage, cabinet making and performance. 

The project has been produced with Photo Archive Miners and the fantastic team of Jason Scott Tilley, Jamie Hubbard, Mahendra Patel and Johnny Bark.

More details are on the projects page here

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