Jane Speedy

Born in London, 

Lives & works in and between Bristol, South West England and St Davids, South West Wales, UK.

When she took early retirement  from her job as Professor of Education at the University of Bristol, after having suffered a stroke, she went to Bristol School of Art and undertook a degree in fine art, something she had always wanted to do, but somehow never got round to - thus making an opportunity out of what could have been a disaster. Jane still participates in the activities of Ani-net (the artful narrative inquiry network), the international, interdisciplinary network of artists and scholars, based at the School of Education, that she founded. She also co-edits, together with Jonathan Wyatt from the University of Edinburgh and Sue Porter (formerly of the University of Bristol): a series of books that comprise collaborative inquiry collections that seamlessly move between visual and written textual forms. The latest of these: artful collaborative inquiry spaces is to be published by Routledge in 2020.

She now lives and works as a fine artist, painting and print-making, part-time in the rural Pembrokeshire city of St Davids (smallest city in Europe, population: 1700) and part-time in the more  urban English city of Bristol.

Art Education: 

2013-4, RWA drawing school, 'experimental drawing' with Esme Clutterbuck.

2014-7, Bristol School of Art, B.A. in fine art, first class honours.


2015,chequered histories', Edwardian cloakroom gallery, Bristol.

2016 'Movement', Centre Space gallery

2016, RWA Open exhibition, Bristol.

2017, 'Emergence': joint exhibition with Sally Coulden,Centre Space gallery, Bristol. 

2018, ‘Wedding Flowers’, solo exhibition, Morden Hall, London.

Publications and media:

Speedy, J and Wyatt, J (2014) Collaborative writing as inquiry, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Speedy, J (2015) "Staring at the Park', Walnut Creek, CA: Left Coast Press.

Ellie Pitt, (2015) Interviews and Review of 'Chequered histories' exhibition, Bristol, Made in Bristol TV.

Speedy, J (2017) Painting is/as a thin place, Bristol: Blurb publications. 

Bishopston Voice (December 2017) Review of 'emergence' exhibition. Bristol

Porter, S; Speedy, J and Wyatt, J. (2020 in press) Artful collaborative Inquiry Spaces, London:Routledge.