Search

Jo Thomas: Face of Islington’s London Borough of Culture bid

PUBLISHED: 11:51 08 November 2017 | UPDATED: 11:51 08 November 2017

Composer Jo Thomas: 'On my housing estate I’ve seen the benefit of improved access to the arts.' Picture: Islington Council

Composer Jo Thomas: 'On my housing estate I’ve seen the benefit of improved access to the arts.' Picture: Islington Council

Archant

It’s no wonder composer Jo Thomas was chosen as a face of Islington’s London Borough of Culture bid. She discusses her artistic flair with the Gazette.

After a mere two minutes chatting to Jo Thomas, it’s easy to see why the council chose her to be a face of Islington’s London Borough of Culture bid for 2019.

She is bursting with ideas and it’s difficult for the Gazette to keep up.

Jo is an electronic music composer and sound artist. Part of Islington Council’s pitch for the Borough of Culture bid is artists coming up with ideas for more people to benefit from their work. Jo is full of them.

Her latest project is on her beloved Barnsbury, where she lives off Lofting Road.

“I’m working on a piece about Barnsbury because it’s an amazing place with so much history. Living there myself, I have also noticed really significant changes, from housing to the roads becoming really busy.

“I am planning ‘sound walks’ around the public spaces and streets where people map out the history of Barnsbury.

“When people are out walking, they often listen to music and connect certain music to certain places. I want to create a piece, combining music and history and street sounds, that does that for Barnsbury by walking with residents.

“Sound is really powerful, and an amazing way to share knowledge. It’s something communal to all of us and if this helps people connect to Barnsbury, it gives us a sense of ownership.”

If Islington does win London Borough of Culture status, it would get £1.1million funding to help people currently missing out on our arts and heritage.

Jo, who has lived in Islington since she did a PhD at City University 15 years ago, says: “It’s really exciting to be part of and it would be absolutely brilliant for Islington.

“Islington has such a massive, massive amount of things going on. It’s a really vibrant culture and as a musician, I have personally benefitted from living here.

“But maybe there are some places and people getting missed out. I think Islington as a borough of culture would help people talk to each other.

“Organisations could get to know artists and vice versa. For example, it would be fantastic if the restaurants of Upper Street were filled with artwork by Islington artists. Why not?”

Visit islington.gov.uk/create by midday tomorrow (Fri) to share your ideas for the bid.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

15:42

Today, it’s the pricey trampoline park that has the Sobell in the headlines. Four (and a bit) decades ago, it opened amid similar protests about how much it would cost. In between, it played a crucial role in Britain’s decision to join and then leave the EEC and the EU. The Gazette chats to 1970s Sobell manager Hywel Griffiths.

14:09

Ever had that feeling when you’re the only one not invited to the party?

11:57

Jermain Jackman is relentless. This activist/musician/student is not your typical reality TV winner. He tells the Gazette what drives him.

12:28

In a weekly feature, we profile a fascinating company doing business here in Islington. This week, the Gazette was intrigued, to say the least, about a Nag’s Head Market stall selling vegan Korean/Italian fusion food. We visited Vegan Yes.

10:29

A young violinist from Archway has described the moment she was accepted into the National Youth Orchestra (NYO) as like “a dream come true”.

09:15

A beekeeper had to deal with 60,000 bees which had settled on top of a Canonbury house.

Police have launched an appeal to help trace a missing vulnerable man who was last seen in Islington, headed in the direction of Highgate.

Lee Jay Hatley’s alleged murderer was “jealous” of his long-term friend, a court heard today.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now