Jo Gorner

Artist, Maker, Researcher

Jo Gorner was born in Wigan, Lancashire in 1961 and studied at the Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University and later at Manchester Metropolitan University for her masters, she has been living in Yorkshire since 1991 and is currently a part time PhD research student at Lancaster University. Gorner is a printmaker of restrained and often austere imagery exploring the intimacies of the geographical landscape. Using a sparse vocabulary, with a subtle colour range, she achieves abstract images which are strongly linked to a place. These are landscapes which have an intense, underlying emotional source. Within the abstraction and simplification of the imagery Gorner intensifies the essence of a composition, and creates a tension evoking anticipation, imminent resolution and movement. The gentle precision and beauty within the work is considered with care. Over the past 20 years Gorner has regularly travelled and worked around the west coast of Ireland and Scotland. In 2003 and 2007 she spent periods of time on a fellowship at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation on the west coast of Ireland in Co Mayo. The landscape here has intensely affected her work, the sense of being on the edge of the land, the seemingly infinite space when overlooking the sea and the vastness of the horizon. Since 2004 the context of her work has been overlaid by the transition to becoming a mother. The landscape remains the same but her place of observation has changed, her perspective reworked. Gorner completed her first degree in painting at Oxford though she has since concentrated mainly on printmaking, primarily etching. The process is an important part of the final image, the methodical rhythm and the gradual stages to completion. The acid adds a sometimes unpredictable quality and the lines have a crucial hand drawn quality, away from the mechanical. The quality in the lines of the final print sit softly on the paper, with a sensibility which reflects the inspiration behind her work. Awards 2003 Development Award, Arts Council England, Yorkshire 2002 Fellow of Ballinglen Arts Foundation, Co. Mayo Residency in Autumn 2003 2002 Nominated for the Jerwood Artists Platform award 2002 Research and Development award, Yorkshire & Humberside Arts 1998 Peel Holdings Award at the Manchester Academy of Fine Arts Open 1995 For the creation of new work, Yorkshire & Humberside Arts 1995 Educational Workshops, Yorkshire & Humberside Arts 1994 Research into Open Access Print Workshops, Yorkshire & Humberside Arts 1991 For the creation of new work, Yorkshire & Humberside Arts Collections Trinity Hall, Cambridge Barclays Alliance Bernstein Lawrence Graham Lowry Hotel, Manchester West India Quay Alice Walker,U.S.A Piece Hall Art Gallery, Halifax Bankfield Museum, Halifax Bury City Gallery Work Experience 1996-2003 Free-lance public arts project manager, contracts include: 2003 Research for Calderdale M.B.C Public Art Strategy 1999 - 2000 Working for Bolton MBC to produce an audit of public art works, and related strategic developments, within the Borough. 1999 - 2000 Working for Wigan MBC to develop and implement Wigan's Public Art Strategy. 1998 - 1999 Working for the Economic and Physical Development Unit in Bolton MBC to manage the SRB2 Radial Routes Initiative Public Art Project 1996 - 2000 Project Associate for Public Arts, Wakefield. 1998 - 2000 Housing Arts Officer for Bolton MBC Housing Department 1995 - 1998 Visual Arts Outreach Officer for Wigan Metropolitan Borough. 1993 - 1995 Co-ordinator and development worker at Eastthorpe Gallery and St.Paul's Print Workshop, Mirfield, West Yorkshire 1991 - 1996 Young People's Art Workshop Co-ordinator at Eastthorpe Gallery, Mirfield, West Yorkshire 1987 - 1990 Co-ordinator and technician at Oxford Printmakers Workshop Freelance teacher and visiting lecturer in schools and colleges, 1988 - 2000: Teaching in a range of fine art based areas including printmaking, drawing, photography and paper making, in over 150 colleges, schools and community arts centres, to students with a range of abilities and ages. Visiting Lecturer: Huddersfield Univeristy. Part time lecturer 2000/2001 Huddersfield Technical College, Foundation Printmaking 1996 Bretton Hall, College of the University of Leeds, 1995. Bolton Institute of Higher Education, 1994. Manchester Metropolitan University, 1994. Huddersfield Technical College, YTS course tutor,1992-93 Author and researcher: 'Art Box: Printmaking' as part of the Creative Partnerships Programme of Continuing Professional Development for Teachers. Calderdale MBC. 2007 'Printmaking Techniques' commissioned by Calderdale Museums and Arts.1997/1998 'Open Access Print workshops Throughout Britain' a report commissioned by Yorkshire and Humberside Arts. 1994 Trainer for artists Radial Routes Initiative Training programme for Bolton Artists, 1999. Cultural Industries in Kirklees Vocational training programme, 1994. Qualifications: 2013 - current PhD Art, Lancaster University 1994 MA Fine Art, Manchester Metropolitan University 1987 Bookworks 1, 2 Printmaking, Modules 1, 2, Oxford Polytechnic 1982 Batchelor of Fine Art, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford University

Location yorkshire, Yorkshire
Activities Lecturing, Practice-based research, Residencies, Public art, Exhibitions programme, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Education project, Project, Environment, Printmaking, Research