head of Adult Learning Programmes, National Gallery
Jo Rhymer is head of Adult Learning Programmes at the National Gallery. She studied for her MA in History of Art: The Politics of Representation at University College, London. She has taught for a wide range of public galleries including the V&A, Tate, National Portrait Gallery and Hayward Gallery as well as many institutions including Cambridge University Summer School, Oxford University Continuing Education, Sotheby’s Institute and the Art Fund. Jo has also conducted cultural tours abroad and values teaching in galleries in front of the works and at the sites which inspired the artists. Her areas of interest include 19th-century French paintings, gender studies, and London collections. She fundamentally believes that in order to engage with art of all types, it is necessary to slow down, to adopt purposeful looking and to be prepared to open the mind as well as the eyes.