An Art Exhibition by Jean Joseph

On Freedom: Whose Story? Whose Lens? – An Art Exhibition by Jean Joseph

Artist Jean Joseph is working with the Modern Marronage Project, MMB and a group of asylum-seekers to present an exhibition on freedom at CentreSpace Gallery, Bristol. There will be a number of talks and events alongside the exhibition. Further information here.

There will be a number of talks and events alongside the exhibition. Please see the poster below for more details.



Friday 28 April
Wednesday 3 May


Centrespace Gallery
6 St Leonard Lane
Bristol, BS11EA United Kingdom
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Jean Joseph is a London-based visual artist and cultural facilitator, born in Dominica. Her practice taps into influences that cross continents; Africa, the Americas, her place in Britain. Joseph’s paintings are often narrative-based and layered in combinations of mixed/plastic media, often accentuated with collage, metal, wood or text. This methodology enables experimentation and scaling – an unhindered approach to dimensions and materiality, creating constructions and embedding signifiers. She has a background in spatial design and a broad interest in the built and natural environment and subsequent human geography – specifically anthropogenic effects. Often, she navigates the middle ground between dimensions to interweave stories; the societal and historical. At times, these take on fully sculptural forms.Joseph first exhibited her layered works focusing on disappearing Caribbean architecture at Tricycle Gallery in 2002 in Recycle Redeem, a joint show. She has since exhibited widely – most significantly, ‘We’ve already paid – Journeys & Kinship’ launched in 2010 at arc Gallery North London, a gallery she was involved in establishing. This body of work is a narrative on the human transatlantic trade, envisioned in Elmina Fortress on the Ghanaian coast.Her practice has comprised writing, curating and working with various West African artists who are based in the UK or on the African continent. She has hosted events for creatives, mentored in the community, facilitated art-focused and learning workshops, and delivered community-centred projects with institutions, such as the Museum of London and London Borough of Brent Arts & Libraries and Archives. As a co-facilitator, she was one of a group of artists interacting with workers at McVities biscuit factory in Something Different, an immersive residency supported by Create London and local development partners.In 2019 Joseph co-founded EARTHworks [Artists] Collective, aiming to address the lack of intergenerational, wellbeing in creativity, and support for older artists/participants. As well as continuing her practice and exhibiting, she has worked on a range of art projects; mentoring within the arts, exhibition development, such as ‘Redefining Balance’, the work of Zimbabwean artist, Tafadzwa Gwetai, a show presented online in December 2020 to January 2021 with co-founder Gaynor Tutani. This project continues to gain further interest, and in its next iteration will form part of an academic/creative partnership.

Joseph wrote, curated and participated in ‘Fragments & Visibility’, a group show on the EARTHworks platform at University College London Hospital’s gallery space, appreciated by both medical staff and patients. The exhibition exemplified their ethos on wellbeing as a core objective of the Collective’s vision.

Joseph currently works out of her studio within the Second Floor Studios & Arts Community.


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