Joseph Sparkes

Photographer Printmaker Publisher

Colchester, United Kingdom
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About me

Joseph a freelance Creative, having a dabble in traditional crafts and mediums. An admirer of process, fascinated by hand-developed animation and analogue photography, and permanently intrigued by the possibilities created through collaborative pursuits. Stumbling towards the ambition of working within or developing a studio surrounded by like-minded Creatives welcoming of impromptu collaborations and experimental chaos. Really happy to offer critique and to talk about current projects, send me a message. Current wip's; Retinette Dog Days; Untitled Animation; Windows; Expanded Frames.


  • Visual Communication
  • Adobe Indesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe After Effects
  • Exhibition Curation
  • Organisational Leadership
  • Interdisciplinary Collaboration
  • Adaptability
  • Practice-led Research
  • Creative Thinking

People I’ve worked with

Companies I’ve worked with

  • D&AD


    • Design
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    Firstsite Gallery

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      Honywood School

      Work history


      Duty Manager

      Firstsite Gallery

      Jul 2019
      • Colchester, United Kingdom
      • Full Time


      Gallery Assistant

      Firstsite Gallery

      Sep 2018
      • Colchester, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Providing general gallery support, invigilating, ushering, assisting with events and collecting data. Meeting and greeting members of the public with a friendly and inviting attitude, promoting current and future exhibitions whilst maintaining the venue’s polished image and established reputation. Front of House responsibilities varying on a daily basis include but are not limited to; responding to phone and email enquiries, welcoming visitors, members and trustees, logging important information, handling payments and ensuring information is communicated appropriately to relevant staff.


      Production Assistant


      Feb 2019 - Jun 2019
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • A multi-purpose position reviewing entry content for the global advertising and design awards competition, proofing copy, editing digital files, logging physical submissions. Assisting with the coordingation of judging processes, providing entry expertise and communicating with senior professionals in the lead up to the D&AD Festival 2019.


      New Blood Awards Production Assistant


      Mar 2018 - May 2018
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • A role assisting in all aspects of production; helping entrants submit their work, quality checking digital content, confidently dealing with incoming and outgoing enquiries, using Salesforse database to log and monitor entries, processing physical entry material, supporting judging events, proofing copy and collecting credits for winning work. Working within a small team to manage workloads and meet regular deadlines in the lead up to the NBA Festival.


      Workshop Coordinator

      Honywood School

      Jun 2015 - Jun 2015
      • Coggeshall, Colchester, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • Coordinating a graphic-based workshop with pupils 11-14 years old. Pupils were encouraged to create, re-design and re-imagine themed words through imaginative typographic experimenting. This position required leadership skills, clear communication of instruction and ideas, understanding of individual's requirements, teaching capabilities, patience and positivity.


      Workshop Supervisor

      Honywood School

      Jun 2014 - Jun 2014
      • Coggeshall, Colchester, United Kingdom
      • Internship
      • Supervising an art-based workshop in a school for pupils 11-13 years old. The workshop looked to encourage the hands-on production of collaged artworks using images and photography captured on student's iPads; a position requiring great communication, teaching qualities, understanding of individual's requirements, patience and positivity.



      BA (hons) Illustration

      Norwich University of the arts

      Sep 2014 - Jul 2017
      • Norwich, United Kingdom
      • First Class Degree


      Art and Design Foundation Diploma

      Colchester Institute

      Aug 2013 - Jun 2014
      • Colchester, United Kingdom
      • Distinction


      Sep 2011 - Jul 2013
      • Colchester, United Kingdom
      • Fine Art (A*), Biology (B), Mathematics (C), Environmental Science (C)