Hello, my name is Jo Burlington, I am an artist and I live in Bridport.
I initally trained in Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing, Oxford University and then went on to do an MPhil in Practice Based Performance Research at Brunel University. I worked as an artist in London for several years. I made performance art, videos and installations. I was involved in the artists collective OMSK, we put on many experimental art/film/performance/noise/music events and I was often the compere. I then had a change of heart, re-trained and worked as an Occupational Therapist for a few years. I now have a 7 year old son and am bringing these bits of myself back together.
I started running these groups because I wanted there to be a group like this in Bridport. I was surprised that there wasn't one in Bridport to be honest. .... I want the kids to be able to fling paint around, roll in it, ride a bike through it, and do it to music... so I had to make the groups happen myself.
The groups have been running for over 4 years now and there is a lot of enthusiasm for them. I put a lot of work into preparing for each session, ensuring that the activities are at the right level for the kids and that everything is ready for them to go for it without to much waiting around.
At the moment, the money I charge covers room hire, materials and a little bit of the time I put into it. I like the groups to be a "yes you can" place as far as possible. We use a lot of materials and that is OK. I do it because I love to watch the children exploring the materials and I love what they make.
I have made a small website for my own work www.joburlington.co.uk and I also have a facebook page JoBurlingtonDrawing. I have a show of my recent drawings at the Literary & Scientific Institute in Bridport running throughout November, do pop in if you are nearby, click here for more information