Joanne Proctor is a visual artist based in Northern Ireland. She trained at the University of Ulster, Belfast School of Art, where she graduated in 2008 with a First Class Honours Degree in Fine and Applied Art.
Recent exhibitions include 'The Poetry of Form', Custom House Studios Gallery, Westport, Co. Mayo (2015) 'Strands of Wishful Thinking - Hairlings and Other Things', in collaboration with Marion Michell, R-Space Gallery, Lisburn (2015) 'Line - An Ambiguous Journey', with touring locations at the Gerard Dillon Gallery, Culturlann, Belfast (2015) Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast (2013) and The Drawing Project, Dun Laoghaire (2013) 'Paper, Table, Wall & After', Gallery North, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne (2014) 'Little Kingdoms', Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2014) 'Creatures', Sketchbook Project, Miami Beach Botanical Garden, Miami, Florida (2014) 'Crystalline', Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown (2012-13) 'Home Grown', F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, Banbridge (2011-12) 'Drawing a Line - Visual Thinking as Drawing', University of Ulster, Belfast Curated by Hugh Mulholland, Helen O'Hare and Doris Rohr (2011) and 'Drawing Connections', The Siena Art Institute, Siena, Italy (2011).
Proctor was shortlisted for the Bank of Ireland Toradh Award 2008 and was the recipient of the F.E. McWilliam Fine Art Bursary 2009, Support for the Individual Artist, ACNI, 2013-14 and 2014-15 and the Oppenheim-John Downes Memorial Trust Award 2015.
Proctor's art practice often encompasses anatomical influences and is informed by addressing concepts of nature and human identity, created through highly intricate and repetitive working processes. Whilst utilising the needle as a drawing tool, she often uses her hair as a material which is hand sewn into paper or canvas, incorporating aspects of her own body in her work.