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Jess Poole

Jess takes a phenomenological approach to art as she integrates and allows the sense of touch to her highly textured paintings.

Taking an adverse approach to gallery etiquette, Jess encourages spectators to touch her art, embracing the unusually highly textured and sculpted paint. In the Loughborough University Creative Arts Exhibition, the sensory experience is heightened by the forms of installation. Her exhibition consists of multiple 4ft spheres, allowing the audience to access 360 degrees of the painting. The dimension and scale of such work manipulate its audience, their movement pathways and the space they possess. The exhibition demonstrates how the intentionally structured organisation of space forces proximity, creates self-awareness and includes the possibility of travelling through it. If an artist takes a phenomenological approach, they can predetermine what the viewer should experience and not give an open-ended choice to how the audience experiences the art.

Whilst selling similar canvases and being available for commission work, Jess' ambition is to develop her business plan as a Creative Careers Consultant for young people. This is encouraging disadvantaged students into creative higher education or the arts industry through motivational talks and practical art workshops, to prepare them for interviews and the potential beyond their comfort zone. Widening participation, challenging stereotypes and educating people on the job opportunities within the creative industry is vital to continue inspiring the next generation and encouraging their artistic flare. This work will assist in making a world that is creatively innovative, imaginatively smart and uses the full artistic skillset that young people already hold, particularly with technology, social media and most importantly resilience. Jess' goal is to encourage teens to defy their odds, dream bigger and not let negative society fulfil their prophecy.

Final year project

Keeping In Touch


Santander Initiate Fund 2021
Loughborough Enterprise Network Freelancer Programme 2021
The Student Gallery Featured Artist 2020
The Social Distance Art Project Featured Artist 2020
Eclectic Magazine September Featured Artist 2020
Eclectic Magazine August Featured Artist 2020

Work Experience

Graduating with a diploma in professional studies, Jess completed her placement year at The Prince of Wales Hospice. *Wrongly* conditioned by society to believe she needed another career alongside art, she developed an interest in business and merged her love for helping people to become a Corporate and Partnerships Fundraiser in West Yorkshire. She increased charitable profitability through retaining and building on established business relationships and obtaining new supporters through research and networking events. With a front-facing job, one of her best qualities is building rapport with people, this can take persuasion, empathy, relatability and just a friendly personality. Corporate Social Responsibility is vital for businesses and non-profitable organisations alike, bringing together the community and lending a helping hand, whether that's through volunteering, environmental impact or charitable donations.