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Jo Lathwood

Jo Lathwood makes sculptures and large scale installations which regularly respond to a particular site, event, material or process. Working with recycled timber she has built a meandering staircase that travelled across 3 stories to facilitate the audience to touch the roof of a church. Experimenting with foundry technologies she has developed a way of making homemade lava sculptures and though researching traditional techniques she has made inks from Oak Galls.

Her portfolio varies greatly in form, scale, context and method of production, encompassing: temporary and permanent public art, exhibitions curated for galleries and heritage sites (often as the outcome of an artist residency) and studio-based work. Lathwood lives and works in Bristol. Her studio is based at Spike Island Artspace.

Jo Lathwood



2D works



B.A. Hons Fine Art Sculpture, University of Brighton. First Class Honours. 2003-6

Art and Design Foundation, University of the West of England. Distinction 2002-3

  • Well Trodden Wrong Ways, Thelma Hulbert Gallery (with Paul Blakemore), 2019
  • Getting there, Fabrica, 2018
  • Is it magma?, Earth Gallery, University of Bristol, 2016
  • A Solid Above, Hardwick Gallery (with Solveig Settemsdal), 2016
  • DIY Metallurgy, The Motorcycle Showroom, (with David Snoo Wilson), 2012
  • Pools in their shadows, 43a gallery, Bristol, 2009

  • Something Orange, Test Space, Spike Island, Bristol, UK, 2020
  •  Women on the moon, KKKC, Lithuania, 2019
  • Operation Skye, Test Space International and Volkskammer, Berlin, Kilmuir, Scotland, 2017
  • Decapod, Airspace Gallery, Stoke on Trent, 2016
  • Conversation Pieces, TestSpace, Spike Island, Bristol, 2015
  • Second site, Hestercombe Gallery, Taunton, 2015
  • You move me, Antlers gallery, Bristol. 2014
  • Rhod 2013, Melin Glonc, Drefelin, Carmarthenshire, Wales, 2013 –
  •  Neoreplicates, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter, 2012
  • llusoriamente, European Conference on Visual Perception, Sardinia, 2012
  • Art Roots, Grizedale Forest, Lake District, 2012
  • Other Nature, Antlers gallery, London, 2012
  • Able, Sangdee Gallery, Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2011
  • What will we do when, The Motorcycle Showroom, Bristol, 2011

  • Home from Home, Public Pavilion commission, Yate, UK, 2020
  • Cipher, Gingko Commission in St Pauls, Bristol, UK, 2020
  • Curious Formations, commission by Biddulph Grange Garden, Stoke on trent, UK, 2017
  • STILL/life, commission by Trust New Art, Leigh Woods, Bristol, UK, 2013
  • Art, Cities & Landscapes, temporary commission, Amiens, France, 2013
  • Digital Art Commission with Exeter University at C.A.L.M, UK, 2012
  • Kunst & Zwalm biennale, Zwalm, Belgium, 2011

Network for Creative Enterprise Award, to develop practice, 2019

Arts Council England, Grant for the Arts, to explore casting molten rock, 2016

GAIN Trust Grant, 2015

Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award, 2015

Burt, Brill and Cardens Peoples Art Award, University of Brighton, 2006

Burt, Brill and Cardens Second Prize, University of Brighton, 2006

  • Trustee for BRICKS, a new gallery and studiospace in Bristol, 2018 – Now
  • Is it Magma, Lava performance, Science Gallery, London, 2019
  • FACTORY, workshop making bricks for Yate Pavilion at Spike Open, 2019
  • Member of the Network for Creative Enterprise, South West, UK, 2018 – 2019
  • Selection panel for Studios at Spike Island Artspace, Bristol, 2017- Now
  • Co-director of ‘Ore and Ingot’ bronze foundry, Bristol, 2012 – 2018
  • Visiting lecturer at Plymouth University, 2017
  • Making Oak Gall ink for the tree charter commission by Woodland Trust, 2017
  • Visiting Lecturer at University of Gloucester, 2016
  • Workshop at UCL, Institute of Materials, London, 2016
  • Process, Material, Alchemy workshop, University of Gloucester, 2016
  • Live lava pour, Spike Island Open studio, Bristol, 2016
  • Workshop on making Oak Gall Ink at Spike Island, Bristol, 2015
  • Tree resin Workshops for the Forestry Commission, Grizedale, UK, 2012
  • Part-time lecturer in Sculpture at Hastings College, 2008 – 2010