'Working with Jo is a total pleasure, she’s creative, thoughtful and most of all brings a real focus on the audience experience.
She takes risks with artists and is hugely passionate about the work she helps to create.
As a commissioned artist, it’s not a one-way conversation with Jo, it’s a thoughtful and inventive dialogue.'
Lorna Rees, Artistic Director
'Having just completed a year as Mayor of Devizes, it will come as no surprise to anyone that I take an interest in many aspects of the community life in the town. Among many other attributes the town can lay claim to, the community events such as the Carnival and Street Festival cannot be ignored.
The responsibility for the success of such events can be laid squarely at the door of the Artistic Director, Jo Beal. Granted, she leads a team, but the inspiration, enthusiasm and drive ultimately stem from her. As a result of her efforts, Devizes has gained a reputation for excellence in its public events.
To say that Jo will be a hard act to follow is perhaps, an understatement, but, as a result of Jo’s efforts on behalf of DOCA and the town, her successor will have a firm foundation to build upon.'
Devizes Mayor 2015/16