Paula Jackson

I joined York St John University with over 14 years teaching experience in both Secondary and Higher Education.

Since February 2012 I have been Senior Lecturer in Primary Education (Art and Design), having previously been Module Director for the Secondary PGCE in Design and Technology.

I combine my teaching role with being co-director responsible for strategic development at the New School House Gallery in York, which I co-founded four years ago. This experience means that I maintain a strong interest in the role of artistic creativity and the possibilities for cross-fertilization of ideas between Education, the arts and arts organisations. This interest allows me to develop new thinking and new possibilities in the student experience.

Further Information


I teach on the following programmes:

  • 3PGC20 Creativity and Diversity (Module Director for part-time PGCE)
  • 3PG C07 Early Years and the Primary Curriculum
  • 3QTA35 Creativity and Communication
  • 2QTF50 Art and Design Technology
  • 1QTSW Art and Design Technology
  • MPGC04 M Level Research Project Supervisor

I am also an Academic Tutor and a Link Tutor for students on school placement.


My specific research interest is in the boundaries around collaborative, multidisciplinary artistic practice and creating immersive environments of creativity and learning.


Jackson, P. (2011) ‘Do not feed the animals’. The 3rd Sackler Arts Education Conference: Engaging, Creating: Artist and Maker Practitioner Residencies In Public Spaces, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 6-8 April.

Jackson, P. (2012) ‘Fly me to the moon’. 8th Global Conference: Creative Engagements – Thinking with Children, Mansfield College Oxford, 29 June – 1 July.

Jackson, P. (2012) ‘Cry freedom: autonomous opportunities for personalised engagement’. UNESCO IX International Seminar: Transformative Changes in Education: System-wide Approach, Barcelona, 26-7 November.

Jackson, P. (2013) ‘Creative asteroids’. and most recently she spoke about reframing the educational experience at the 3rd QS-Maple Middle East and Africa Professional Leaders in Education Conference, Johannesburg 7-8 May.

Jackson, P. (2013) ‘Interdisciplinary Explorations’’. The 12th European Affective Education Network Conference, York St John University, 4-5 July.

Jackson, P. (2013) ‘Think global, act local: art and social value’. Value and Virtue in Practice-Based Research Conference, York St John University, 9-10 July.

Jackson, P. (2015) ‘PH1:Grace In Thy Sight’ ECER conference, Budapest 8-10 September

Publications & Exhibitions


Jackson, P & Teed, R (2017/8) ‘The A to Z of Creativity’ , Currently seeking representation

Jackson, P & Teed, R (2017/8) ‘Ripen; The twelve stages of Creativity’,  Currently seeking representation

Jackson, P. (2013, forthcoming). ‘Fly me to the moon’. In Creative Engagements – Thinking with Children. Inter-Disciplinary Press e-publication.

Jackson, P. (2013). Illustrations. In J. Shapcott, Transformation. Artist’s book hand printed by Paula Jackson and Robert Teed. York: School House Gallery Press.


Jackson, P. (2014) PH1 Artists in Place, Arts Council Funded, Four Site Specific Exhibitions

Jackson, P. (2016) ICE, Arts Council Funded

Professional Activities

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

My strategic interest in the New School House Gallery provides numerous avenues for professional activities in the wider community. In addition to co-curating exhibitions, I have helped to develop partnerships between the Gallery and York St John University’s Fine Art, Creative Writing and Primary Education students.

In 2011 I created ‘The Holocaust Survivors’ Library’, a 6x4m installation that has been exhibited in York and Huddersfield Art. In October 2011 I co-created ‘H&G’, a multi-media installation inspired by the Hansel and Gretel story which was installed as part of the Illuminating York Festival 2011. My 2012 artists’ film ‘The Defender’s Voice’ explored issues of human rights in Rwanda, Burma and Chechnya and was exhibited at the University of York. The film was selected for Australia’s Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) 2012. I collaborated with poet Jo Shapcott on Transformation in 2012, a project exploring the relation between poetry and visual arts.

In June 2013 I spoke at the York Festival of Ideas on ‘Art and social value’, and my sound-and-light projection Sampo will be part of Illuminating York 2013.

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