Joanne Dawson

ARTFORMS: Visual Arts , Painting , Printmaking


Born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, Joanne moved to Glasgow in 2012 to study Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art.  Whilst there she was an active and engaged member of the student community, demonstrating a mature and driven attitude to her studies.  With a group of her peers, she arranged a series of collaborative exhibitions with the Edinburgh College of Art, and after graduation continued in roles with GSA Exhibitions and The Students' Association.

Joanne organised an exhibition of Glasgow graduates at Blipblipblip in Leeds, was selected for The Telfer Gallery and EMBASSY Gallery's annual graduate shows, and held her first solo show at VoidoidARCHIVE.

In 2017, Joanne had her first group international show in Madrid, and exhibited as part of the Glasgow International Arts Festival in 2016. 


Joanne is a collaborator in Babaloose; a bi-monthly event in Glasgow. Babaloose uses open platform events, discussions & workshops to promote the politics of performing, and the power of an audience as a creative community.

How the Award Helped

The Dewar Arts Award allowed Joanne to facilitate the production and development of research for her first solo show in Glasgow, and her first contributing publication "Stop! Slow down, take a minute" (available throughout the exhibition and at Good Press, Glasgow).  The project involved cross-collaboration with artists in Scotland and Madrid.

"By staying in Glasgow and making this my indefinite base for working, I believe I'm able to flourish in a supportive environment full of opportunity."