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Born in Liverpool, Jules spent a childhood with her head inside a sketchbook.  Art continued to be her focus throughout her education, she was awarded a distinction from her Foundation Course in Art and Design at Liverpool Poly, was tutored by Sam Walsh and gained a BA (Hons) degree in Graphic Design.  

Moving to London in the 1990’s Jules worked in the creative industries sector, writing radio ads and rising through Moving to London in the 1990’s Jules worked in the creative industries sector, writing radio ads and rising through the ranks becoming the Creative Director of a Soho ad agency before setting up her own creative production company called ‘Spark and Rumble’ which she still runs today. 

Throughout her professional life Jules continued to paint and draw.  Whenever she travelled abroad she would visit exhibitions and art galleries in search of inspiration and ideas which influenced the development of her own creative practice. 

Her exhibition Mindplay – Series 1, on show at the Corke Gallery in June 2015, features a collection 
of new painting created after a trip to Australia to see the ‘dark side’ of Aboriginal art… not the  commercialized dots and squiggles, but a lesser-known style called ‘Bush Medicine Leaves’ that uses free-flowing patterns.  These clean, simple and repeating patterns had a big impact on Jules and she developed her painting style to create the smooth strokes that convey a depth and create the illusion of real movement. 

As her practice in this form of painting develops Jules is currently experimenting with different paints and lighting effects including; glow-in-the-dark, disco, fluorescent and most recently UV, all of which add a completely different dimension to her pieces when darkness falls.

The show runs from Wed 10 – Thu 25 June 2015.



Private View - Friday 26 June 2015 - 7pm - 9pm
Edge of The Known World: 
New Landscapes from China and St Kilda
plus new work by Shaun Smyth & Clare Flinn 
& the chance to see the 1967 documentary 
'St Kilda - The Lonely Islands' directed by Christopher Mylne.


John Elcock - Winter Solstice  
Corke Gallery, Liverpool, UK presents a new collaboration by artists Josie Jenkins and John Elcock. The exhibition ʻEdge of The Known World: New Landscapes from China and St Kildaʼ explores the evolving landscape of China and the remote islands of St Kilda, Scotland.

Liverpool-based artist John Elcock shows a complete set of new works inspired by St Kilda, whose islands situated 45 miles west of the Outer Hebrides form the remotest part of the British Isles.

Artist Josie Jenkins shows work produced in China following her recent residency in Xiamen with the Chinese European Art Center (CEAC). The exhibition will feature a large scale painting depicting imagery from Yangshan Deep Sea Port in Shanghai.

Jenkins remarked: “In China, I continually see and hear things that surprise me and some things that at first I found unbelievable. The landscape of China offers a complete contradiction to the landscape of Britain.”

Elcockʼs paintings are figurative and rich in symbolism. They are the culmination of a year-long cycle of work exploring the dual World Heritage Site of St Kilda whose rugged islands provide a contradiction to the pastoral view of the British landscape.

Elcock said: “In St Kilda, I have found an unending source of inspiration for the artist. From its ancient geology, rich natural ecology, to the personal stories of the former inhabitants, it is a truly unique and enigmatic place”.

Jenkinsʼ work explores the way we shape our environment. Taking inspiration from the subtle incongruity between natural and unnatural elements, as well as the more noticeable disorder found in our modern landscape. Her work often include ambiguous elements, or images assembled from different sources.

The exhibition also features a rare opportunity to view the 1967 documentary ʻSt. Kilda – The Lonely Islandsʼ directed by Christopher Mylne, courtesy of the Scottish Screen Archive, the National Library of Scotland.

The show runs from Wednesday 1 – Friday 24 July 2015.

The exhibition is free and open to the public 1pm - 5pm Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and by appointment please call 07773 287827.