Originally from Australia, Jess started at IVE as the Project Officer for West Yorkshire in June 2021.
Since becoming a practicing artist after gaining her degrees in Indigenous Knowledge & History and Fine Art, Jess has won the ARTSOURCE Industry Award, held several exhibitions and residencies in Australia and has run arts workshops with indigenous teens (a collective project which culminated in an end of year exhibition at Wanneroo Art Gallery.) Her knowledge of colonial and indigenous histories forms the basis of her work as an artist.
After settling in Yorkshire in 2018, she worked as the Cultural Engagement Assistant for Kirklees Museums, building on her experience in community-based arts and culture events. Now at IVE, Jess aims to continue to strengthen her experience in linking communities through meaningful cultural projects.
Outside of IVE, Jess is building her own permaculture garden, turning her place into a house plant jungle and is cat mum to a very fluffy rescue, called Colin.
She also loves restoring old houses, sewing, travelling, historical fashion and is learning to play the violin.
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