Jane graduated in visual art and sound from Brighton Polytechnic in 1985. Since then she has developed an arts practice that embraces a wide range of mixed media (drawing, print, moving image and installation) with inter-connected activities including artist led projects, collaborations and solo work for exhibition. This has led her through self-taught musicianship, fish slapping festivals, celebratory cake making, midnight processions, experiments with salt and crushed coal, non-sense hymns, drawing from memory, night walks in a Finnish forest and more.
Jane was in the Marine Girls (1980-1983), Carnival Collective (1995-2005) and along with Maria Tribe, founded Armadilloh! Arts. In 2003 Fox spent a year in Cornwall developing her work on the Contemporary Visual Art M.A. at Falmouth College of Art. She has exhibited widely in the South East, South West and France and from 1989-2009 worked out of Maze Studios in Brighton.
Jane is a member of Inkspot Press and Phoenix, Brighton and is a Senior Lecturer on the B.A.Perfomance and Visual Art and M.A. Inclusive Arts Practice at the University of Brighton. Originally training as a youth worker, Fox is an experienced arts facilitator and currently works alongside the Rocket Artists in Brighton. She also collaborates periodically as Fox&Gammidge.
A graduate in textile design, Irene Mensah’s practice is fine art based and incorporates drawings, projection, poetic text and performance, using domestic fabrics as part of the ‘scenery’ for explorations of memory and heritage. She is a founder member and co-manager of an artist’s studio, www.studio106.co.uk where she exhibits regularly as well as in other venues. Other recent work includes performance of own poetry at Brighton literary events and 2 sell out performances with a new theatre piece, ‘Snake and Ladders’. www.snakesandladders.eu
Collaborative exploration as a member of the Brighton Black History Artists Group www.artree4.org has a focus on the significance of food, with an emphasis on the unexpected as well as the seductive. She will be a contributor to a forthcoming anthology as a member of a Black and Mixed Heritage women’s’ collective WriteMeetRead.
As a community arts practitioner, Irene Mensah has an extremely varied background in leading and coordinating art projects. Currently a visiting part time lecturer in Community Arts Practice at the University of Brighton, past projects range from co-production of educational learning resources, leading reminiscence projects, youth arts trainer and work in schools.
* Sadly Irene Mensah passed away April 12th 2013 this year – here is lovely tribute to her