Playing All The Tunes by Joy C Martindale, acrylic on paper, (2020)


Joy C Martindale is a visual artist based in the UK. Since graduating with a Masters from the Slade School of Fine Art in 2004, she has exhibited in Germany and the UK, and created and run participatory art-making community projects. Joy is currently enrolled on the Turps Correspondence Course.

Artist’s Statement

“[Joy’s paintings are] giving me something that is not cemented in the knowingness of the world, but in my enquiring about it. They are not telling me what I know but are journeying with my thoughts, making the invisible possible.”

Andrea Medjesi-Jones, guest mentor review on the Turps Correspondence Course (2021)

I strive to make works that are full of vitality and have affective impact on their audience. Working primarily in water-based mediums, I use a call and response approach to make abstract paintings. There is always a stimulus, whether it is personal experience, or a piece of music, something I have read or heard, a colour observed or a previous sketch in my notebooks. Sometimes I hold on to that starting point through the whole journey of making a work and sometimes I let it go; or it can be a mixture of both and I will respond to a range of calls.

These are part of a number of devices I employ to structure the process of making a painting. I make my work in stages, reflecting and planning in between each stage. Within each stage I work in an expressive way engaging with the materiality of paint and using calligraphic lines and gestures. I think a lot about ambiguity, performance and placement and I always have in my head a notion that what I am seeking is to make something happen within a painting.

Memories, sensations and experiences are uncertain and their connections to the abstract works that they inform and inspire are tentative; nevertheless, they are also integral to the story of a painting. From, for example, a piece of music, to my painting, to the viewer is a chain of sensations; these chains of sensations connect us to each other and help us make sense of our realities. The titles of my work and the accompanying short pieces of writing I often produce, highlight and examine these connections.


Sept 2021   Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant Funding Award for Nice To Meet You/Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom

Oct 2020   Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant Funding Award for The Liberating Gesture (Research and Development project)

Oct 2019   National Lottery Heritage Funding for Walmer Castle Art Project (part of English Heritage’s Re-Discovering Walmer’s Lost Pleasure Grounds Project)

Oct 2019   Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant Funding Award for Walmer Castle Art Project (part of English Heritage’s Re-Discovering Walmer’s Lost Pleasure Grounds Project)

Jan 2019   Dover Town Council Project Grant Funding Award for Lilacs In Bloom (Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project)

Oct 2018   Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant Funding Award for Lilacs In Bloom (Anti-Slavery Refugee Art Project)


15th-20th Nov 2022 Material Presence, Fitzrovia Gallery, London, Group Show.

29th July – 10th Sept 2022 BEEP Painting Biennial 2022, Elysium Gallery, Swansea, Wales

16th Mar – 8th May 2022 Nice To Meet You/Som Rado Hoij Tumen Spindzardom, Turner Contemporary, Margate

Jan 2022       In Formation, Group Show, Thames-Side Studios Gallery, London

Nov 2021      The Lazy Fox Jumps Quickly Over The Brown Fence, Art.Cohort Group Show

31st Aug- 5th Sept 2021    In Response, Group Show, The Nunnery, Bow, London

29th Feb-19 Apr 2020  Trailblazers, Walmer Castle, Kent

21st-23rd Jan 2020       Savage 2020 Exhibition, St Pancras Crypt, London

Dec 2019                       Juried Group Show, Derek’s Room, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent

18th-28th Oct 2019       Lilacs In Bloom, Platforma 5 Festival, Jarman Building, University of Kent

16th-23rd Feb 2019     Lilacs In Bloom, My Gallery, Dover Smart Project

Oct 2018                           Women Space, Desperate Artwives Group Show, London

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

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

Aug –Sept 2015           Solo Show, Pop Up Gallery, Deal, Kent 

16th -22nd Jun 2015    Exhibition of Works, 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                


2021 Savage Magazine Issue 13 (Cover Art)

2020 Savage Magazine Issue 12

2017     The Burden of My Anxieties, Made In Plymouth magazine        


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


2020-2022 Turps Correspondence Course

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 University


17/11/2016                Completed Arts Award Bronze & Silver adviser training

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