about Jane Sybilla Fordham
JANE SYBILLA FORDHAM Biographical information
Jane Fordham studied art at Middlesex Polytechnic and painting at Brighton polytechnic. In 1984 straight after college she co-founded Red Herring Studios with 6 other artists, where she had a studio for 22 years. In 2005 she co-founded Chesworth Arts Farm in Horsham an ACE funded renovation project of listed farm buildings into a multi-disciplinary arts space.
She was a drawing tutor for Sussex University for 17 years and continues to facilitate explorative drawing sessions for artists and experimenters.
Jane is a specialist in developing and delivering large scale multi-disciplinary participatory drawing events, using dance, film, projection; events include Brighton’s ‘White Nights’ at Fabrica three years running and ‘Smudging & Scratching’.
She works closely with volunteers and staff at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton through a series of specially commissioned gallery based workshops through out the exhibition programme.
Jane’s own work spans drawing, painting, mosaic, stone carving, theatre set design and graphic work. She has completed many large-scale public art commissions both private and civic in UK and in the USA where she has lived on and off since 1980. She has exhibited paintings and drawings in UK, France and USA.
Current projects include a series of artists books with poet Jackie Wills as part of a long-term exploration of cross-disciplinary collaboration and a collaborative mosaic commission with artist Stig Evans.
She has been a volunteer stitcher at The Weald & Downland Museum on the historic sewing project since its inception in 2007.