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

a scene from Roslyn Oades' The Nightline where the audience are listening to audio on old telephones in a room with a performer

How the arts strengthen our democracy

In the countdown to election day, ArtsHub asked three independent artists how they feel their work contributes to our democracy.

(Edward) Gough Whitlam, 1972, by Clifton Ernest Pugh

What prime ministers’ portraits say about our leaders

It’s said that a picture tells a thousand words, but how much of our leaders’ true characters are revealed in…


30 years on, Pilbara art award still going strong

The Cossack Art Awards continues to show how much regional communities value art as an important part of their everyday…

St. Nicholas Monastery Archangel Michael on Golden Domes. Kyiv, Ukraine.

What happens to art caught in war’s crossfire?

As the conflict in Ukraine deepens, the damage to its cultural heritage reveals various motives behind this kind of destruction.

A man sitting on a chair in front of a colourful poster
Career Advice

Exit interview: Rick Heath, Black Swan State Theatre

After a two year tenure that began just days into COVID’s reign, Co-CEO Rick Heath is calling time on what’s…

Two female performers onstage in front of a yellow stage cutrain

Why is confessional theatre so hot right now?

Is a recent wave of confessional-style theatre revealing defining themes of our times?

A woman waves her hands across an interactive wall of rainbow colours.

Game designers take on immersive art

Games designers invited into contemporary museum spaces reimagine their art form in wondrous ways.

a bright neon lit gallery corridor space with two people in it.

Future proofing the arts for natural disasters

As losses from recent natural disasters continue to mount, future-proofing arts infrastructure is in focus.

A street sign saying BREAK FREE OF FOSSIL FUELS

Fossil fuels arts money: where are the alternatives?

As discussion continues on the merits of fossil fuels arts partnerships, the question of where else to secure funds is…

a group of people in a laneway under a light installation

Why artists are vital to space activation

Recent pilot programs to re-activate public spaces post-pandemic reveal artists’ important role in these processes.

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