All posts by Jo Sheppard

Jo grew up in North East Lincolnshire and undertook a degree in Fine Art at Coventry University (graduating in 1991). She later studies a PGCE (Art and Design) at the University of Central England (1996). She currently works as a self-employed artist, adult education tutor and workshop leader. Jo has been a member of Loughborough Artspace since 2005 and was elected onto the Leicester Society of Artists in 2007 Jo currently runs several adult ed groups- Hoby Art Group weekly since 2010, Quorn Art group since 2015, and has delivered an evening class for Loughborough University since 2014. Proir to this Jo worked as a WEA art tutor from 2007 to 2014. Exhibits frequently throughout the midlands in solo shows, small and large group shows, and holds open studio events twice a year.

Loughborough Art Trail


The Loughborough art trail ‘Art This Way’ will be held over the weekend of 5th and 6th of July (from 11am to 6pm). 6 houses and gardens will be displaying the work of 20 artists and craftspeople in the Forest Road area of Loughborough.

It is a wonderful opportunity for people to see a variety of artwork and meet the artists, away from the traditional art gallery.  From well-known, established artists Helen Rhodes and Barry D Bulsara, and many others, there is something to suit all tastes and pockets. Three Artspace members will also be taking part- Nita Rao, Jo Sheppard and Anna Michalska.

There will also be three venues selling drinks and delicious homemade cakes – the proceeds of which will be going towards the Charnwood Scouts Japan World Scout Jamboree. Each scout needs to raise £3500 in order to take part on the trip.

Venues are 204 , 232 and 247 Forest Road, 8 and 33 Highfields Drive and 16 Shepherds Close and will be clearly signposted on the day. They are all within walking distance of each other.

This will be the third year of running the Art This Way art trail in Loughborough, last year saw around 300 people visit over the weekend and we raised over £300 for the Teenage Cancer Unit at Leicester Royal Infirmary.

Hope you can make it.


Clearview Open Studio Review

Spring Open Studio

Over the weekend of June 7th and 8th June, two Artspace members opened up their studio in the village of Quorn, Leicestershire. It proved to be a very successful event with over 200 visitors perusing the work of painter Jo Sheppard and sculptor/ceramist Nita Rao. Also exhibiting was guest silversmith Susheel Rao who had a collection of contemporary jewellery. If you would like to be notified of their next event, please join our mailing list.


‘Watering Hole’ by Jo Sheppard