Dr Judy Thomas describes her practice as that of an Artist Facilitator.
Working with creative practitioners, teachers, professionals from the cultural sector and students from schools and universities, her research explores collaborative practice within the context of artist-led learning programmes.
At Northumbria University she is Senior Lecturer and Director of Education (Arts); her previous roles include Learning Manager at Creativity, Culture and Education, Learning Manager at Waygood Gallery and Studios and Programme Manager (Learning and Inclusion) for Liverpool Biennial. Between 2004 and 2007 she was Acting Head of Education and Public Programme for BALTIC. She worked at BALTIC for four and a half years, with a specific focus on Formal Education.
She is a member of Mortal Fools theatre, drama and creative learning charity leading creative production activities on Future Ready, a programme that uses theatre as a vehicle to develop confidence, aspirations, social and emotional skills of young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND). In recent years she has lead the Northumberland Creative Employment and Northumberland Strategic Capacity Building programme. She also worked at Tyneside Cinema supporting The Factory, Tyneside Cinema’s Young Peoples’ programme, Random Acts and leading on resources and interpretation for the Tyneside Cinema Gallery.
Thomas, J. (2018) Create Aspire Transform | North Northumberland Schools Cultural Education Leadership Programme: Phase 1 Evaluation Unpublished Report, Northumbria University, Berwick Visual Arts
Thomas, J. (2016) Strategic Capacity Building Review 2015/16 Evaluation Unpublished Report, Northumbria University, Northumberland County Council
Thomas, J. (2015) Northumberland Marras: Northumberland Creative Employment Programme Evaluation Unpublished Report, Northumbria University, Northumberland County Council
Thomas, J. (2015) BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Northumbria University – BxNU Institute Of Contemporary Art Unpublished Report, Northumbria University, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
Thomas, J. (2014) With artists you get what is going on…: What is meant by artist-led and how does this make a difference? Paper presented at InSEA European Regional Congress: Tales of art and curiosity. Canterbury: CCCU and National Society for Education in Art and Design (NSEAD)