Jo Pickup

ArtsHub's Arts Feature Writer Jo Pickup is based in Perth. An arts writer and manager, she has worked as a journalist and broadcaster for media such as the ABC, RTRFM and The West Australian newspaper, contributing media content and commentary on art, culture and design. She has also worked for arts organisations such as Fremantle Arts Centre, STRUT dance, and the Aboriginal Arts Centre Hub of WA, as well as being a sessional arts lecturer at The Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA).

Jo's Latest Articles

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20 creative habits to kickstart a productive day

Need to mix up your morning routine? Starting your day creatively can help set you up with focus and flair.

pregnant dancers. A ensemble scene from a contemporary dance work on a darkened stage being performed by six dancers one of whom is 30 weeks pregnant.

Shifting the dial on pregnant dancers on stage

It wasn’t long ago that pregnancy could signal the end of a dancer’s career. Thankfully, things have changed, with companies…

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Writers telling underside stories of the beautiful game

It’s the news no football fan wants to hear – that there are some shady back room dealings in world…

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When can artists afford to retire?

The official retirement age in Australia has just gone up. But when do artists typically clock off from their working…

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Handling the work experience kids: there must be a better way

Does your organisation buckle under the strain at work experience placement time? Read on for some simple tactics to streamline…


Female dance bodies onstage: are we seeing a revolution?

Is the work of one of Europe’s most of-the-moment choreographers shifting expectations of female bodies on stage?

A young male artist with a beard, wearing a beanie and glasses in front of a graffiti style painting of a human figure.

Creatives more prone to depression: myth or reality?

The depressed or manic creative is a well-known stereotype. But where’s the evidence to prove that it’s true?


Who owns AI image copyright?

AI-generated imagery is here to stay. But who actually owns it and should artists be worried?

a black and white head and shoulders portrait picture of artist Yumi Umiumare.

Secrets of great artist bio pictures

Want to know how to take professional portrait pictures that put your best face forward? We’ve collected some hot tips.

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Big predictions for workplaces in 2023

Will you get a pay rise? Will flexible workplaces continue? Here’s a look at what’s in store for arts workers…

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