Johanna Melvin

Johanna Melvin

Jo is an artist and arts professional with many years experience in sales and customer services having run her own small business over two decades. Between 2006 and 2015 Jo was instrumental in pioneering a fund-raising limited editions programme at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, working with the Gallery's curatorial team and in liaison with leading international artists, printmakers and fabricators to build a highly successful business for the Gallery.

 
 

Jo is a keen advocate for public sector arts and for making art collecting more widely accessible and democratic. Her skills include exhibition display, artist liaison, editions production and protocol as well as customer-service and sales strategy. She is also knowledgeable about conservation, art-handling and matters relating to mail-order and artwork shipping.

During the  time Jo managed Whitechapel Gallery limited editions, she gained extensive experience of art fairs, having project managed the Whitechapel's successful participation at over 40 fairs world-wide, including The Armory Show, New York; Expo Chicago; Contemporary Istanbul, NADA Miami and Artissima, Turin. Between 2011 -  2014 Jo was key to the project management of an editions consortium: Allied Editions at Frieze London with seven non-profit organisations.

Field Editions
Jo is currently working on a new collaborative editions project called Field Editions, which was initiated in early 2016 for the commissioning, production and sale of contemporary photographic editions in support of Redeye, the Photography Network, Manchester; Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool and Impressions Gallery, Bradford. In its first year Field Editions  produced new limited editions with artists including Rut Blees Luxemburg; John Stezaker; Helen Sear; Ben Rivers; Murray Ballard; Broomberg and Chanarin and Paul Morrison. Field Editions launched at Manchester Contemporary in September 2016 and since then has participated in NADA Miami, 2016, NADA New York 2017 and will be participating in Expo Chicago for the first time in 2017.

In 2015 Jo was appointed an Associate at Counterculture Partnership which is a progressive multi-disciplinary practice set up to help cultural, creative and not-for-profit organisations to plan, manage and thrive. Jo is also a Board Member of the Essential School of Painting in Bethnal Green, London.

http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/
http://alliededitions.org/
http://counterculturellp.com/
http://friezelondon.com/
https://www.thearmoryshow.com/
https://fieldeditions.org/

Recent and on-going clients include:
Circa Projects, Newcastle
Open Source Arts Festival, London
Whitechapel Gallery, London
Studio Voltaire, London

The Essential School of Painting, London
Camden Art Centre, London
Chisenhale Gallery, London
Redeye, The Photography Network, Manchester
Impressions Gallery, Bradford
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool
Royal Academy of Art, Art Sales, London
House of St Barnabas, London

 
 
Field Editions and Camden Arts Centre at NADA Miami, 2016.                                                                      Photo by Johanna Melvin

Field Editions and Camden Arts Centre at NADA Miami, 2016.                                                                      Photo by Johanna Melvin