Approved: 23.09.2008

Joy C Martindale

Artist, Community worker, Maker

Approved: 23.09.2008





      Artist Statement

      “I love the pleasure of painting and why shouldn’t I be happy… the act of making art is happy. It is a liberating gesture.” Etel Adnan

      During the Covid-19 lockdowns I have been thinking through painting. Beyond the headlines, there have been many positive messages that strive to bring us together in solidarity and spirit. We are experiencing a simultaneous heightening of connections and isolation, and in this on-going moment of crisis there is a new open-mindedness and receptiveness to talking about mental health. I have been listening out for these positive messages, such as ‘we’re all in this together’ and ‘playing all the tunes to keep us going’ and each work I have made has been in direct response to a positive message that I have come across. This recent shift in my practice has opened the door for an outward facing approach to painting that explores possibilities for being both personal in its expression, and firmly rooted in the world and responsive to our experiences of it.

      I have been awarded Arts Council England funding for a brand new research and development project. This grant is funding research into a new participatory artmaking project working with Roma women living in Kent, and six months professional development focusing on painting with the support of a Turps Correspondence Course mentor. In October 2019, I was awarded an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant to run my second art-making community project. Working in partnership with Canterbury Kent Refugee Action Network (KRAN) and English Heritage I worked with young unaccompanied refugees and asylum seekers to create a participatory artwork, Trailblazers, which was exhibited at Walmer Castle in February of this year. The project gave participants the opportunity to express their individuality and their creative potential, and feel a sense of community through engaging in a collective experience.

      CV & Education


      Jan 2019           Dover Town Council grant for Lilacs In Bloom 

      Oct 2018           Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant Funding Award for Anti-Slavery

                                Refugee Art Project



      2019            16-23 January, Lilacs In Bloom, My Gallery, Dover Smart Project, Kent

      2018             October, Group Show, Women Space, Platform 1 Gallery, London

      2018             6th-21 October, Group Show, Wells Contemporary 2018

      2016             8th -22nd October, Group Show, Wells Contemporary 2016

      2016              Postcard Auction, Oasis, Margate, Kent

      2015              August -September, Solo Show, Pop Up Gallery, Deal, Kent  

      2015             16th -22nd June, Joint Show, Margate Harbour Arm Gallery, Kent

      2014             Solo Show, 13 Coppin Street Gallery, Deal, Kent

      2012             Group Show, Otto Steidle Ateliers, Munich

      2010             Universal Atlas, Collaborative Touring Project

      2010/9/8/7    Open Studios, Streatham Artists, ASC Studios, London



      Feb 2018       Threads Open CRIT , @ Sidney Cooper Gallery, Canterbury

      2017               Threads CRIT 12, @Performance Space, Folkestone                



      2017                March 17th, 2017, Interview with Mira Tudor, The Art Dive



      2017                The Burden of My Anxieties, Made In Plymouth magazine                 

      2004                Cet. Par (a Slade book publication)



      2005-2006     PGCE (Post-Compulsory) Art and Design, Institute of Education

      2002-2004     MFA Fine Art (Painting), Slade School of Fine Art

      1998-2002    1st Class BA (Hons) Fine Art, University of East London 

      1997-1998    Foundation Diploma Art and Design, Falmouth College of Fine Art