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 and she is also a volunteer Alumni Mentor for UCL.
“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.”
Painting is my favourite thing. I learn through painting what is in me to do and my painting is a container of this learning, as well as my engagement with discovery, contemplation, intuition and decision.
From the first mark a commitment is made to try and reach a moment where the painting can hold its own and go out into the world alone. Painting is a dialogue, and in the making of a painting there are many negotiations to be made.
I think a lot about ambiguity and I see ambiguity as offering a site for the imagination to be free. It is liberating to not know what something is and to not need to know.
I have been awarded Arts Council England funding for a new research and development project called The Liberating Gesture. This grant is funding research into a new participatory artmaking project working with Slovak and Czech 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. This project was also supported by National Lottery Heritage Funding. 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. 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.
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)
2020 29th February-19 April, Trailblazers, Walmer Castle, Kent
2020 21st-23rd January, Savage 2020 Exhibition, St Pancras Crypt, London
Dec 2019 Juried Group Show, Derek’s Room, Studio 3 Gallery, University of Kent
2019 18-28th October 2019, Lilacs In Bloom, Platforma 5 Festival, Jarman Building, University of Kent
2019 16th-23rd February 2019, Lilacs In Bloom, My Gallery, Dover Smart Project
2018 6th-7th & 13-14th October, Women Space, Desperate Artwives Group Show, 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, 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) http://www.savageonline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Savage-13-v.4.pdf
2020 Savage Magazine Issue 12 http://www.savageonline.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/Savage-Issue-12-v.4.pdf
2017 The Burden of My Anxieties, Made In Plymouth magazine
2017 March 17th, 2017, Interview with Mira Tudor, Founder of The Art Dive
2020-2021 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