Jane Jobling was born in Yorkshire. She studied sculpture in Hull at Humberside College of Higher Education, from 1981 – 84, at the Royal College of Art, London 1994 – 96 and completed a practice-based PhD at University of Gloucestershire, 1996 – 2001. Her PhD concerned the simultaneous exposure of the interior and exterior of sculptural form and this is still her main preoccupation in her current work.

Her first commission was in 1991 at the Lloyd George Estate in Surrey and then in 2000 at Millfield, Somerset. Selected solo exhibitions include, Travels with my Ant, The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art, Bracknell Gallery, Berkshire and RIBA Sculpture Court, London. Selected group exhibitions include Penwith Gallery, St Ives, Burghley Sculpture Garden, Spitalfields, Castle Drogo, Winchester Gallery, Gloucester Cathedral and Chelsea Harbour. She is also in the private collection of Tim Sayer.

She was awarded the Reader Bursary at University of Gloucestershire and a British Council Bursary to Chile.

Jobling has been a part-time lecturer at University of Gloucestershire, Plymouth College of Art, Somerset College of Art and Technology and Petroc College. She has also been a visiting lecturer at Universidad Catolica de Chile, Winchester School of Art and University of Plymouth. In 2021 she left teaching to focus on her art practice. She lives and has her studio in Devon.


Do all objects have an outside? I am currently exploring this question through my sculptural practice. My focus is the boundary between the interior and exterior of objects. The resulting works can be seen as a journey, to be walked around, peered into or traced with the hand or the eye.

My materials are often coerced into folded forms or cast, freezing the moment of transformation or sliced through revealing merely boundaries. I have been using transparent materials to enable the viewer to see the inside and outside of an object simultaneously: revealing membranes and collapsing time.

My references are geometric, natural and domestic and the degree of abstraction varies depending on my aim for the piece.

In my new work I am exploring fusion and separation through intersecting spheroid forms. These sculptures are drawings in wire and the drawn lines map the contours of the forms and define new spaces and boundaries.

Insides, outsides and the surfaces, boundaries and spaces between them are explored through the following categories:

  1. the cutting / slicing series, forms that reveal space.
  2. the folding series, forms that conceal, reveal and create new layers.
  3. the continuous surface series, which blur the edge or boundary between interior and exterior of the form.
  4. the surface / skins series, which explores materiality and space.
  5. the pocket series, forms that trap space.
  6. the intersecting series, where forms cut through each other to define new spaces and boundaries.

Curriculum Vitae


2015-2016       PDAP701 – Professional Development in Academic Practice Module leading to Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. University of Plymouth

1996-2001       University of Gloucestershire.  Practice-based PhD – Sculpture

1994-96           The Royal College of Art.  MA Sculpture

1985-86           Sheffield City Polytechnic.  Post-Graduate Certificate of Education

1981-84           Humberside College of Higher Education.  BA(Hons) Sculpture

1980-81           Harrogate College of Further Education.  Foundation

Bursaries and Awards

2022-23           DYCP Arts Council Bursary, Round 15 – Paper, Wasps and Sculpture

2022                Research Bursary, CAMP – How Wasps Make Nests

2012                Research award, Plymouth College of Art

2005                Creative Arts Research Award. East-the-Water School, Bideford

1996-2000       Reader Bursary, C&G.C.H.E

1996                British Council Travel Award. Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile

Solo Exhibitions

2012                Travels with my Ant, The Gallery, Plymouth College of Art

2008                Waterslade Studios, Wellington, Somerset

2007                The Myrtles, Bradninch, Devon

2000                Millfield Commission, Street, Somerset

1999                Heathermount School, Sunningdale, Berkshire

1994                The Bracknell Gallery, South Hill Park Arts Centre, Berkshire

1993                RIBA Sculpture Court, London

1991-1992       Commission, Lloyd George Estate, Surrey

Selected Group Exhibitions

2023                Under / Over, Krowji, Redruth

2023                RWA Annual Open Exhibition, Bristol

2023                THG Open ’23, Thelma Hulbert Gallery, Honiton, Devon

2023                The Versatility of Paper, The Fourth Portal, Gravesend

2023                Wander_Land, Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens, Cornwall

2023                RWA Artist Network Exhibition

2022                RWA Annual Open Exhibition

2022                Wells Art Contemporary. Installation at Wells Cathedral.

2022                Together We Rise. Chichester Cathedral

2022                January and Summer Exhibitions, Penwith Gallery, St Ives

2022                Black Swan Arts Open

2019                Tim Sayer MBE. Private Collection

2019                Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2019                Form and Function, Burghley Sculpture Garden

2016                Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

2015                Funny Ha Ha, Burghley Sculpture Garden

2015                Castle Drogo, National Trust

2013                Spitalfields Public Art Exhibition, London

2012                Battle for the Winds collaboration with Forkbeard Fantasy

2011                Waterslade Studios, Wellington, Somerset.

2010                March. Process: 2010, Burghley Sculpture Garden

2009                Fresh Air 2009. Quenington Sculpture Trust, Gloucestershire

2007                Rummage, Sculptor’s Drawings, Winchester Gallery, Winchester

2007                RWA, Bristol.

2006                Heavenly Bodies: Burghley Sculpture Garden.

2005                Sculptors Drawing: Burghley and Stamford Arts Centre.

2000                Sculpture, an Abbey and a Cathedral, Gloucester Cathedral and Abbey House Gardens, Malmesbury, Gloucestershire.

1999                Triennial Sculpture Exhibition, RWA, Bristol.

1997-1999       Chelsea Harbour. London.

1998                XXth Century Sculpture Exhibition, The Atkinson Gallery, Millfield.

1997                The Pump Rooms, Cheltenham.

1996                Coopers and Lybrand, London.

1995                MI-ART, Art Fair Milan.

Career History

2023-Current  Fortnightly Art Workshops in Residential Care Home, Cullompton, Devon

2015-2020       Lead Tutor Foundation, Petroc College, Tiverton. Lecturer Btec Art and Design, Petroc College, Tiverton, Devon

2014-2016       Associate Lecturer University of Plymouth. BA(Hons)

2014                Interim Lead Lecturer BA(Hons) Fine Art, Somerset College

2009-2013       0.5 Lecturer, BA(Hons) Fine Art/3D Plymouth College of Art

2006-2011       PTHP Foundation Lecturer. University of Gloucestershire

2002-2008       Visiting Lecturer B.A. and MA. Visiting Lecturer, Winchester School of Art

2004-2005       PTHP Foundation Lecturer, University of Gloucestershire

1996-2000       Visiting Lecturer, B.A. and Foundation, Cheltenham College of Higher Education             

1996                Visiting Lecturer, B.A. and Foundation, UWE, Bristol

1996                Visiting Lecturer, Universidad Catolica, Santiago, Chile

1995                Tutor, British Home and Hospital for Incurables

1986-89           Primary teacher, Winsor School, Beckton, East London

Selected Workshops and Residencies

2012                Battle for the Winds collaboration with Forkbeard Fantasy. Exeter Torch Relay Parade and Weymouth Olympics and Paralympics.

2010-11           Lead Artist for Exmouth Schools Inspiration Aspiration Partnership Project.

2009                Torrington LLC Arts Festival. Devon.

2009                Dame Hannah Roger’s Trust School, Ivybridge.

2008                Appledore Visual Arts Festival. DAISI, Inspiration Aspiration Partnership workshop.

2008                Exmouth Community College. DAISI.

Specific Responsibilities within Teaching:

Lead Foundation Tutor: Taking an active role in course delivery including lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, and assessments across all aspects of Art and Design practice.

Interim Lead Lecturer, BA(Hons) Fine Art, Somerset College: Overseeing the Fine Art programme. Assessment of FdA and BA(Hons) Fine Art. Module Writing.

Lecturer, Fine Art/3D Plymouth College of Art: Head of Year 3. Work as an effective member of the programme and team. Take an active role in course delivery including lectures, practical workshops, tutorials, and assessments across all aspects of Fine Art practice. Pastoral Year 3 leader – including pastoral tutorials and monitoring retention and achievement.