Judy Thomas

Senior Lecturer

Research interests

My research advocates the role of the Artist Facilitator: exploring the development and practice of this position as mediator, mentor and catalyst. The research draws upon authentic relationships of working within a variety of contexts; partnering with a range of experts in particular fields of practice, drawing on my professional experience, including contemporary art education, gallery learning, cultural management and creative production in an applied theatre situation.

Ongoing fieldwork explores the impact of creativity on facilitated experiences, exploring new models of understanding, relating and application. This includes a focus on mutual and symbiotic relations between artists and communities: with particular interest in ethnographies of arts practice including artist-led environments, artist residencies and collaborative learning within a networked community.

This research investigates and identifies the measurement of artist-led approaches in situations of learning, with an interest in alternative methodologies, curriculum challenges and creative, cultural education. It tests and evaluates experiential approaches towards innovative pedagogy that stimulate critical dialogue and positive interaction, and draws on the importance of reflective practice and arts production to challenge aspiration and promote individual development.



Organisational affiliations

Education/Academic qualification

  • PhD, Fine Art

    15 Jul 2014 - 31 Dec 2099
  • MA, Fine Art

    30 Jun 2005 - 31 Dec 2099
  • PGCE, Education

    30 Jun 2001 - 31 Dec 2099

Professional Qualifications

  • Fellow (FHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    18 Jul 2016 -
  • Associate Fellow (AFHEA), Higher Education Academy (HEA)

    1 Oct 2014 -