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Arbourthorne Community Primary School

All About Jayne


Hello, my name is Jayne Cooper and I am Artist in  Residence at Arbourthorne Community Primary School. I have been lucky enough to be in this role for fourteen years, which is a very long time, and a good indicator of just how much the arts are valued at Arbourthorne. I think that's why I like being there so much!

I am a visual artist practicing mainly in painting, which is my favourite thing to do. I studied painting at Glasgow School of Art in the late 1990's, and since then I've been earning a living, through one means or another, as an artist. For most artists this usually combines a variety of things, like teaching, community projects, giving talks and making work. I am currently studying for an Masters in Fine Art at the University of Lincoln, and enjoying it very much. It is never too late to go back to formal education and I am passionate about lifelong learning. I will never retire from being an artist. 

I live with my family in Lincolnshire in a market town called Louth. Having a place to make art , be on my own, experiment and be messy is an important part of what I do and so I've always rented spaces to use as a studio. At the moment I am renting a room in an amazing building. It is very old (Georgian) falling to bits and used to be, until relatively recently, a sweet factory! The image above is a view from the outside. As you can see there are holes in the windows (it can get a bit chilly) but also an old clock, which used to be the the town clock of Louth, many years ago. I love being able to work in old buildings that have so much history.




Inside the studio there are three big arched windows which let lots of light in. It is a very sunny place to be. I have an easel in the corner but usually I put paintings on the wall or on the floor when I'm making them. I have lots of paintings on the go at the same time and flit from painting to painting. I love starting new paintings, but am very reluctant to finish them. For me, beginning a painting is full of possibility and potential, it is fast and exciting, but finishing is slow, hard work, because knowing when to finish is difficult. Unfinished paintings hang around my studio for a long time, which is why a deadline, like an exhibition, can be a very good thing! But even then I often take work back to the studio and make changes if I think somethings not right, or even paint over them all together. I like the idea of a painting always in a state of becoming, and open to change.


More about Jayne, coming soon......