Jo Pickup

ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Jo's Latest Articles

At the End of the Land. Image is a swirling blue haze with a black circle in the middle in which stands a woman with black top and shoulder length hair.

Performance Review: At the End of the Land, PICA Performance Space, WA

A non-linear and Lynchian solo performance, with visual and aural extravagances.

Italian art. 18th century oil painting of a croweded lavish outdoor Italian banquet set against a Roman architecture style forum.

Grazie Bella! NGV starts program to boost Italian art access

From Mantegna to Moschino, the NGV is celebrating its Italian art and design Collection in a new program that welcomes…

Interior view of a gallery space at the Tate Britain museum showing a series of 17th century oil paintings in decorative frames.

‘Free the art!’: artist in dialogue with state collection highlights gaps in digital access

A recent artist residency has looked into levels of online access to artworks held in Australian art collections. The results…

Aboriginal artist Mervyn Street, pictured in 2023, standing on a balcony of an old art shed. He wears a blue shirt and a cowboy hat.

The art story behind the $180 million class action win led by Mervyn Street

A recent class action over stolen wages has brought past injustices to light. The paintings of the case’s Lead Applicant,…


Dance review: CEASE/FIRE, C Shed, Fremantle, WA

A dance work which sharpens our eyes to difficult themes of war and its consequences, choreographed by May Greenberg and…

Aboriginal artist Vincent Namatjira sitting with a young Aboriginal student in an art class.

Aboriginal art in the classroom: state gallery model proving welcome support

Educational resources developed by the Art Gallery of South Australia are having nationwide impacts.

circus. Image is gleeful young girl throwing arms up in the air, in front of palm tree lit up by coloured lights against a dark sky. Other performers in the same t-shirt can be seen behind and to the side of her.

This primary school’s a circus … and its results are no joke

This clever partnership shows how circus classes are not about clowning around, but a model with important skills outcomes for…

Ernabella Arts. Warka Wiru. Image is a gallery space with a corrugated snake like plinth on a polished wooden floor bearing a wide selection of diverse ceramics.

Exhibition review: Ernabella Arts: Ceramic Warka Wiru 20 Years-kutu, JamFactory

A celebration of 20 years of ceramic artwork at Ernabella Arts Centre.

Tarnanthi 2023, Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide, installation view, showing three largescale red and white paintings.

Tarnanthi 2023 weaves personal stories with skyward visions

From the miniature to the epic, this year’s Tarnanthi group show is united in its capacity to takes us to…

Tarnanthi. Image is gallery space full of colourful Namatjira paintings and a full-size sculpture of a First Peoples bearded man in a white cowboy hat.

Exhibition review: Vincent Namatjira: Australia in Colour, Art Gallery of South Australia

Namatjira's paintings examine the politics of history, power and leadership from a contemporary Aboriginal perspective.

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