Notes on Episode 6 of the Cultural Peeps Podcast: Jude Thomas
Jude is currently a Senior Lecturer at Nortumbria University, where she teaches on the Arts Foundation course as well as on the BA and MA Fine Art Programmes. Her research currently explores collaborative practice within the context of artist-led learning programmes.
I wanted to include Jude in the series because her career pathway is a fascinating one, including charity work, youth work, teaching, freelancing, working with creative practitioners & artists as well as with teachers staff and students from a huge number of schools and universities.
It’s hard to define Jude’s career using a conventional title as her interests cross so many different areas and boundaries. In the interview she describes herself as an ‘Artist Facilitator’, which is a really interesting term and one that I think sums up the type of roles that she is attracted to.
I first met Jude in 2002 when she was appointed to the Learning Team at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art (with a specific focus on formal education and learning). Between 2004 and 2007 she took up the post as Acting Head of Education and Public Programme – in total working at BALTIC for around four and a half years.
Jude then went on to work at the Liverpool Biennial where she completed a cycle of managing the Learning and Inclusion Programme, before returning to the North East to begin the role of Learning Manager at Waygood Gallery and Studios (now BALTIC 39). This role included setting up a new programme and simultaneously undertaking a practice-based PhD at Northumbria University, concentrating on that Artist Facilitator role mentioned previously in this introduction.
In recent years Jude has also worked in a freelance capacity as Cultural Enterprise and Skills Coordinator for Museums and Archives Northumberland at Woodhorn Museum as well as for Tyneside Cinema as Learning and Participation Programme Producer.
Jude is also is a member of Mortal Fools Theatre, Drama and Creative Learning Charity, working as Creative Producer on the Future Ready programme.
Jude’s advice for people with interests similar to hers is really helpful. This includes being ‘open to opportunities’, ‘understanding how to put on events and exhibitions’, ‘learning how to apply for funding’ and ‘the importance of documenting and promoting yourself’….whilst remaining ambitious! Good advice!
Further information about Jude Thomas:
Jude Thomas (Northumbria University Profile):
Links to Podcast content:
Children On The Edge:
Newcastle City Council Arts Development Team:
Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme:
Liverpool Bieniale of Contemporary Art:
Lime Street Studios:
The New Bridge Project:
Creatitivity Culture Education (CCE):
Mortal Fools Theatre:
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