Janine Sykes is the Course Leader of the MA in Curation Practices, and a Senior Lecturer of the BA (Hons) Creative Advertising course. She studied History of Art and Philosophy (BA) and Visual Culture (MA) at Staffordshire University and e-Learning (MEd) at Hull University. Her teaching experience spans Further (FE) and Higher Education (HE), and she is appointed as external examiner at Buckinghamshire New University. Although her teaching and research interests are wide-ranging, she is currently focused on Curation practices.

Starting with experience as a gallery assistant, Janine has accumulated expertise through fourteen years of employing Curation as part of a hybrid approach to the teaching and (experiential) learning of Visual Culture. Her Curatorial knowledge manifests in collaborative practices within galleries and museums, and expansion into other areas including Education, Heritage, Retail and Creative Advertising. These shifts indicate a need for a new Curatorial skill-set, where pedagogy, creative techniques, uses of New Media and communication strategies combine to enhance audience engagement and experience.

Janine has a growing research profile and exhibition portfolio, and the consistent thread throughout her career is Art Education. An early interest in how the creative curriculum could be enhanced by New Media began with a JISC project with Wolverhampton University which led to her becoming Lead Researcher at Leeds Arts University for MoLeNET, a national project exploring the impact of mobile learning. In 2012 Janine published ‘Locating the Value and Opportunities for Online Collaborative Creativity within Advertising’ for the Journal of Art, Design and Communication in Higher Education.

Her interest in Art Education led to her contributing to a publication Design Pedagogy and Research (2007) and continued in Curatorial work with the staff collectives Behind the Glass Mosaic 1913-2013 and The Continuing Process (2015). She then curated Outside Collett Dickenson Pearce (2015) which was the first Creative Advertising exhibition held in the University gallery and reviews of it featured in articles by the History of Advertising Trust and the national press.

With a view to undertaking study at PhD level, Janine is exploring how Curation practices can create informative (virtual and physical) environments and collective experiences. She is committed to the continual examination, alongside professionals in the field, of how the discipline of Curation changes and develops across national and international contexts.

Chapters in books

Sykes, J. 'A History of Design and Pedagogy at Burslem School of Art' In Design, Pedagogy, Research Leeds 2007 Hatton, K., (Ed) LCA (2008)


Sykes, J. & Bainbridge, S., 'The Re-Emergence of the Staff Exhibition at Leeds Arts University' in The National Society for Education in Art and Design Magazine Autumn 2015 Issue No. 14. pp 26-27.

Conference Proceedings

Sykes, J., & Grayston, A., 'The Impact of Mobile Learning at Leeds Arts University' at the 2nd Annual Mobile Learning Network Conference (MoLeNET), St Pauls Hotel, London (2009)

Journal articles

Sykes, J. (2013) ‘Locating the value and opportunities for online collaborative creativity within advertising’ in Journal of Art, Design & Communication in Higher Education Vol. 11 No. 2. pp. 91-109: Intellect, Bristol.

Invited speaker presentations

Sykes, J., A history of Art Pedagogy at Leeds Arts University (seminar) Art School Educated, The National Art Education Archive, Yorkshire Sculpture Park 14th May, 2016.

Conference presentations

Sykes, J., ‘Memorial’ IJADE conference, Glasgow School of Art, 6th Nov (2015)

Sykes, J., (contributor) Bainbridge, S. paper ‘The Process Continues: staff exhibitions and the art education archive’ Brushes with History conference, British Columbia University, New York (2015)

Sykes, J., Bainbridge, S. paper ‘The Process Continues: the archive, the staff exhibition, practice and pedagogy’ for presentation at TTU Arts Practice Research: Scholarship, Pedagogy, and the Creative Process Conference (Oct 1-4) Texas Tech University (2015)

Sykes, J., Broadhead, S & Bainbridge S., The Continuing Process for presentation at 9th Critical Management Studies Conference, 8-10 July 2015, University of Leicester.

Sykes, J., ‘Reflecting on the exhibition’ at IJADE conference, Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool Tate, October 2014.

Sykes, J. & Petricone, F., ‘Creative – Lab, Experiments in creative advertising between the Academy of Fine Art, L’Aquila (Italy) and Leeds Arts University (UK)’ at ‘Art for Life’ Chester University 15th Nov, 2013

Sykes, J., presented two papers (i) An Ideal School of Art (ii) Online Collaborative Creativity and advertising at Creativity and Democracy iJADE International Journal of Art and Design Education. Liverpool John Moore University 19th Oct 2012 Sykes, J. presented 'Online Collaborative Creativity, Flow & Advertising’ Crowd and Cloud conference (UAL) University of the Arts London Sept 2012.


Treasures Revealed (contributor) National Art Education Archive Gallery 15 April – 30 November 2017

Outside Collett Dickenson Pearce, Leeds Arts University Gallery (April/May 2015) and The Hip Store, Leeds (Oct 2015-Jan 2016).

The Continuing Process Leeds Arts University Studio Gallery, (March 2015)

Behind the Glass Mosaic 1913 -2013 Leeds Arts University Studio Gallery (16th Dec 2013-17th Jan 2014).