I create work to explore; to express thoughts and ideas through intuition, play and observation, encountering in the process a tension between freedom and control. Uniting my projects is a desire to draw out connections and patterns and hence deepen understanding, whilst retaining a backdrop of mystery and the unknown. I work sculpturally, and with drawing, printmaking and artists' books.


MSc in Architecture: Environmental and Energy Studies, C.A.T., Wales, 2009-2014

MA in Fine Art, University of Leeds, 2005-2007

PGCLTHE (Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education), 2005

PhD in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds, 1988-1992

BSc (hons) 2(i) in Mathematics from the University of Leeds, 1985-1988



Water Marks, 2015-present

Back to the Future?  2015-2017

Time and Tide, 2015-2017

ARKive, 2014-2015

Born of Light and Air, 2008-2019

Jesus, 2008-2018

Twentyeight Fingers, 2007-2012

Coffee, 2005-2007




Evolving the Forest, Dartington, June 2019 - September 2019

Christ Church, Bristol, January 2019 - April 2019

Greenbelt Festival, August 2018

St Marys, Dartington, July 2018

Arts Lab, Dartington, May 2018

Bloxham Festival of Faith and Literature, Oxfordshire, February 2018

Dean Clough, Halifax, September 2017 - January 2018

Off the Peg, Dartington, December 2017

7th Intl. Conf. on Flood Management (ICFM7), University of Leeds, September 2017

RAMM, Exeter, 2015-2016

Off the Peg, Dartington, December 2016

Potting Shed Collective, Totnes, November 2016

Nourish Festival, September 2016

Royal Academy, London, 2012

National Trust, High Cross House, 2012

Dean Clough, Halifax, 2012-2013

Field, Brixton, London, 2010

SMAC07, Schloss Mittersill, Mittersill, Austria, 2007

CAST Degree Show, University of Leeds, 2007



I conceived, designed, wrote/edited and published the books listed below. The books are in the National Art Library at the V&A. Twentyeight Fingers is also in the Tate's Artist Book Collection.

  • Jesus by Joanna Bown, 2018. ISBN 978-0-9555060-2-4

  • Twentyeight Fingers by Joanna Brown, 2012. ISBN 978-0-9555060-1-7

  • Coffee by Nebiyu Assefa and Joanna Brown, 2007. ISBN 978-0-9555060-0-0



PechaKucha Dartmoor, organiser, 2018-current

Cultural Fellow, University of Leeds, 2018-2019

Arts Retreat, assistant, August 2018

Artist-in-residence at the University of Leeds from July 2017 to January 2018

Contemporary Art Panel at RAMM, Exeter, 2013-2017

Greenbelt Festival Visual Arts Team, August 2016

Artist-in-residence on the 23:57 Project at Fuse, Bradford, November 2015

Artist-in-residence with the National Trust at HIgh Cross House, Devon, 2012-2013


  • Greenbelt Festival, August 2018

  • Iona Community, May 2018

  • Torre Abbey, Torquay, Sublime Symmetry Exhibition, September 2016

  • RAMM, Exeter, January 2016

  • Greenbelt Festival, Pecha Kucha, August 2013


  • Arts Council England, 2017-2018

  • Seedbed Christian Community Trust, 2014-2016

© 2019 Joanna Brown