Biography

Jo Fife is a South Australian textile artist based within the Limestone Coast region, living on Boandik land. Jo has worked as a professional artist for 25 years, exhibiting locally and interstate, taking out awards for textiles and painting.

In this time Jo has curated exhibitions, tutored school and adult groups, mentored young emerging artists and disability groups, worked on community art projects, facilitating the Multicultural Art Project and lectured in textiles and printmaking at TAFE SA.


Collections

The City of Onkaparinga
Riddoch Art Gallery
Private collections across Australia

Jo’s works are held in public collections – Riddoch Art Gallery and The City of Onkaparinga as well as private collections.

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Solo Exhibitions

2016Threads, Naracoorte Art Gallery, Millicent Community Gallery, No 4 Robe
2011Time & Beyond, Gallery 54 Penola SA
2008Through the Eye of a Needle, Riddoch Art Gallery SA
2006Keys, Gallery 54 & Bagdad Café Horsham Vic
2004Colour My World, Newland Gallery, Gallery 54 Penola SA
2002Fabric of Life, Gallery 54 Penola SA

Selected Group Exhibitions

2020

The Colour of Summer, members exhibition, Gallery 54 Penola SA

2020

The Body beneath, Jean McArthur, Joann Fife, Gallery 54 Penola SA

2019

Little Gems, Gallery 54 Penola SA

2018

Surface Kay Lawrence, Linda Marie Walker, Jo Fife, Port Mac Donnell Community Art Gallery SA

2017

Blue Jazz, selected artist from the region, curator: Jo Fife, Mount Gambier SA
Woman at Work, curator: Linda Marie Walker, Riddoch Art Gallery SA

2016

Stranded Coastlines, Creatrices, Riddoch Art Gallery SA

2014

to 2019 Art in the Sticks, a collective of artists from regional SA

2012

A Collision of Art & Fashion – Megan Caldersmith, Jo Fife. Curator: Jo Fife, Rymill Winery Coonawarra SA
Body and Beauty, Guy Detot, Jo Fife, Trent Manning, JoJo Spook, Artisans of Barossa SA

2008

VOLCANOES-Layers of Meaning, Riddoch Art Gallery SA

2007

Apron Strings, Threadmill Fibre Artists. Riddoch Art Gallery SA

2005

Guardians of The Earth, Clementine Underdown, Graham Spring, Jo Fife, Gallery 54 Penola SA

2004

Double Vision, exchange programme – Coonawarra &McLaren Vale regions. Arts Centre
Pt Noarlunga, Millicent Community Gallery and Koonara of Penola

2003

Passion Apples – Jo Crow, Deborah Rogers, Jo Fife, Gallery 54 Penola SA
Common Treads, Country Arts SA – touring exhibition, curator: Jo Fife

2002

Spring, Gallery 54 members, Gallery 54 Penola SA

2000

Fashion Parade, curator: Lenore Demski, Power House Museum NSW


Selected Grants & Awards

2019

Country Arts SA, Step out Grant, Mentorship with Kay Lawrence

2017

Wattle Range Art Prize, Millicent Gallery SA

2015

South East Art Society, Riddoch Art Gallery SA

2008

John Shaw Neilson Art Prize – Robert Riddoch Rymill Award, Penola SA

2007

Barbara Wallace Memorial Art Prize, Millicent Art Gallery SA
Naracoorte Art Gallery Art Prize, Naracoorte Art Gallery SA

2006

John Shaw Neilson Art Prize – Robert Riddoch Rymill Award, Penola SA
Naracoorte Art Gallery Art Prize, Naracoorte Art Gallery SA

2003

South East Art Society Art Prize, Studio One SA

2002

South East Art Society Art Prize, Studio One SA


Public Art & Workshops

2020 - Current

Telling Tales, Community Stitch Project. Sera Waters, Jo Fife (supported by Country Arts SA, Riddoch Art Gallery and Walkway Gallery

2011 to 2016

Weaving Project, Karen/Karenni woman, Mount Gambier SA

2017

Artist in residence, Gordon Education Centre, Mount Gambier SA

2015 to 2017

Multicultural Art Project, Artist in residence, Mount Gambier SA

2010 to 2016

Artist in residence, Australian Migrant Resource Centre, Mount Gambier & Naracoorte SA

2013

The Interactive Quilt project, Illuminart, touring Australia 2014 to current

2009/2010

Vine Sculptures, Cellar Dwellers, Zema Estate Coonawarra SA

2009

Promise Sculpture & instillation, Illuminart

2008

Summersault Project, Mount Gambier SA

2006

Blue Lake Multicultural Festival, artwork for Street Banners. Mount Gambier SA

2005

Community Mask Project, Festival by the Sea, Beachport SA

2004

Regional Health, designed & made banners, Mount Gambier SA

2002/2003

City Sites – Carclew Youth Arts Programme, Mount Gambier & Penola SA


Professional Experiences

2017

to current Elected President Gallery 54 Collective Incorporated

2015 to 2020

Studio Member, Thumbprint Inc, Mount Gambier

2014 to 2019

Studio Director, Chapel Studio, Suttontown SA

2016

Invited speaker, Embroiderers Guild of SA – state conference, Mount Gambier SA

2007

Invited Judge, The Southern Ocean Art Prize, Robe SA

2005 to 2008

TAFE SA, Lecturer – Apply Techniques to produce textiles, Mount Gambier SA

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