Ms Jo Addison

School: School of Art and Architecture
Position: Senior Lecturer


Jo Addison's teaching and educational research are augmented by a process oriented studio practice. In her sculptural encounter with things the dialogical relationship between making and learning, practice and research is made manifest.

In work that is apparently casually made, the legacy of a paradoxically slow and often repetitive way of making is cautiously disclosed. Resolute yet ambiguous forms are navigated around language and singular interpretation. Fixed meanings are abandoned to process and, often assuming anthropomorphic qualities, the finished pieces are the result of a method in which the nub or essence of a thing is revealed.

Addison lives and works in London.

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Research expertise

The relationship between objects and the body, and of objects to one another is intrinsic to the haptic and spatial curiosity at the heart of Addison's studio based research. Drawing from Bruno Latour, James Elkin, Jane Bennet's theories on things, and Tim Ingold and Richard Sennet's writing on making, she implements methods by which her decisions are governed by the behaviour of materials.

Recent exhibitions include: Getting' the heart ready, The Royal Standard; Good Things to Come, The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art; Buffetd'art, Meinblau Gallery, Berlin; Stop Bugging Me | Frame 3, Tintype London 2015; Alioli, Outpost Norwich 2015; Combines #1, Model Liverpool 2014; Ideas are Faster, Five Years London 2012; Easy does it, David Dale Gallery Glasgow, Aid & Abet Cambridge, Supercollider Blackpool 2013.

Jo Addison's educational research is predominantly carried out in collaboration with Natasha Kidd. Combining over two decades of work in the fields of gallery and higher education the artists bring this experience to their collaborative pedagogic practice in which they investigate the dialogical relationship between making and learning. To date, this has included the production of a number of significant educational resources and objects, participation in educational research groups and contributions to national and international conferences and symposia.

Recent collaborative activity includes:
No Working Title 2008-2016
Summer School 2014, Tate
e, Educational resource, Alighiero Boetti retrospective, Tate 2012
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Teaching areas & responsibilities

Joint Course Director, BA(Hons) Fine Art

Professional activity

  • 2016 - presentSchool representative for School of Fine Art, Faculty Quality Assurance Committee, Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Kingston University
  • 2016External Advisor for re-validation of Certificate HE: Art & Design Foundation for your consideration
  • 2016 - 2019External Examiner, Graduate Diploma Fine Art, Chelsea College of Arts
  • 2016 - presentKingston University Liason Officer for FdA Art & Design and BA (Hons) Art & Design, Kingston College
  • 2016 - presentBoard of Admissions Tutors - Faculty of Art Design and Architecture, Kingston University

Educational and professional qualifications

  • 2010 Equality & Diversity, Norwich University of the Arts
  • 2008 Mental Health Awareness, Norwich University of the Arts
  • 2007 Mentoring and Advising Others, all ways learning
  • 2006 Supporting Students with Dyspraxia and AD/HD, CLTAD University of the Arts
  • 2006 Supporting Students with Asperger's Syndrome, CLTAD University of the Arts
  • 2006 Emotional Literacy, Creative Partnerships Kent
  • 2003PG Cert. Learning & Teaching in Art, Design & Communication, CLTAD University of the Arts


Contributor to Tate Research Group: In Site of Conversation

Research groups & programmes

Possible Object #2, 2015. Still from digital animation displayed on Sony Cube (A collaboration with Lucy Newman)
Bisanbos, 2015. Hanging object, mixed materials 200mm diameter (approx)
Excerpt from Learning it, 2016. Script for a conversation between Jo Addison and Alice Walton, artist and Convener Schools and Teachers Programme, Tate Modern & Tate Britain. Learning it is published in Playground 4.