Jo Cope

The Wisdom Is in Your Feet

2 Dec 2023 – 17 Mar 2024

Main Gallery

With a background in fashion, performance and leathercraft, Jo Cope, has spent the last decade reimagining an alternative life for shoes. Her work explores the idea that shoes and feet carry deeper meanings and wisdom.

Jo’s shoe making is rooted in her family history. Her grandfather was a cobbler and her grandmother was a heel coverer most of her life. This exhibition explores her handcrafted footwear artefacts, recent filmic work.

In the exhibition the audience will be asked to think through their feet. Considering walking as a metaphor for life’s journey, with feet, paths, and directions as moral and symbolic guides. Jo is interested in encouraging a deeper look at the power that might be hidden in our feet and their potential to impact positive thoughts and actions.

Foot and Shoe Portraits Open Call / List of Participants

Aasen Stephenson, Lincolnshire / Aleksandr Gordeev, Germany / Albert Mark, Denmark / Amy Halls, Sleaford / Andrea Pena, Mexico City / Annabelle Chace, USA / Anna Melegh, London / Beau Dahler, California / Beck Guilliatt, Ruskington / Beki Cowey , UK / Constance McDonald, New Zealand / Caroline Gurnett, Nottingham / Doaa Adel, Egypt / Eleanor Clark, Lincolnshire / Elmira Salamat Nigikand, Wales / Fabian Matz, Switzerland / Georgia Lloyd, USA / Giulia Cozzi, London / Heather Malmberg, USA / Joey Lowe, East Midlands / Joleigh Mckane, Lincoln / John Waid, Dublin / Karolina Majewska Freeing, Poland / Laura Head, Nottingham / Iibiere Dede, Nigeria / Maria Ray, Paris / Milena De Rosa, Nottingham / Michela Zeppetella, Italy / Nadia Thompson, Essex / Nicola Laidler and Alice Smith, Sleaford / Olga Steinepreis, Germany / Pawel Adamek, Poland / Pantaleo Musaro, Italy / Pereverzeva Natalia, Russia / Raees Mostafa, Pakistan / Sabine Bourgeau, Milan / Sally Gaukrodger-Cowan, Leicestershire / Sarah Madeleine, USA / Sharma Peterson, The Netherlands / Shreya Sahai, New York / Sue Fernyhough, Lincolnshire / Tracey Doxey, Sheffield / Yiwen Zhang, China / Tatiana Mishchenko, Russia