Janine Sykes is the Coordinator 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. Although her teaching and research interests are wide-ranging, she is currently undertaking a PhD at Sunderland University, focusing on Curation and the affordances of New Media in enhancing practices.

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. This exhibition led to Janine being asked to contribute an essay to the Mary Quant V&A exhibition catalogue (2019).

Chapters in Books

Sykes, J ‘Quant and Advertising: Collette Dickenson Pearce’ published in the Mary Quant (V&A) exhibition catalogue. ISBN 9781851779956 (2019).

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., ‘Seeding Art Currency’ at iJADE Conference 2019 Creating spaces: Inclusivity, ethics and participation in art and design education Goldsmiths, London 22 - 23 February 2019.

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.


Curated Seeding Art Currency The Art Hostel Leeds with East Street Arts 16 Oct – 30 Nov 2018.

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).