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Artist and Illustrator


  Josephine has always been drawn to narrative and is passionate about drawing: working primarily on location, Josephine responds to the world directly around her. On the strength of her drawings Jo was awarded the Anglia Trust Travel scholarship to draw traditional British Crafts people and their landscapes and produce a book of the work. By allowing the changing weather and uncontrollable factors of working outdoors to influence the direction of the work the images take on the character of the place. Works begun outdoors are completed in situ; using sheets of paper taped together, Jo can fold up parts of the drawing and work on smaller sections. This allows her to work through wind and rain, in tough locations. These works inform her print and picture books placing the work firmly in the natural world and allowing memory and a ‘sense of place’ to influence the direction of the work.

  Josephine Birch graduated with a first class B.A. in Illustration and a postgraduate scholarship from The Royal Drawing School, after which she achieved a first class M.A. in Children’s Book Illustration at Cambridge School of Art.



2023/10/26           Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair

2022/08/10           RWA Annual Open Exhibition (Runner up Rabley Print Prize)

2022/21/06           RA Summer Exhibition

2021/11/03            Woolwich Contemporary Print Fair, Woolwich Works

2020/01/06          Lost and Found, Exeter

2019/09/               Evolving the Forest, Forestry Commission Centenary Celebration, Dartington Hall

2019/05/03           How Trees Talk (group show) Coombe Farm Studios

2018/12/12             Paint Matters (group show) Studio 20, Dartington Hall

2018/08/01           Tangled Roots (solo show)  Studio 20, Darlington Hall

2018/06/23           Draw, Mandells Gallery Norwich

2017/08/01           Contemporary Illustration Expo , Tsinghau University, Beijing

2017/02/07           Childrens Book Illustration, Candid Arts Trust

2017/12/01            End of Year Show Royal Drawing School/Tea Building Soho 

2017/11/09            Best of Drawing Year , Christies 


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Josie Birch

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