Janine Francois [they/them/theirs] is a Black British Feminist, Critic and Writer, who is known for their insightful, critical but piercing perspectives on race and social justice.

Janine’s practices deconstructs whiteness (and race) within cultural and academic institutions by way of writing, curating/ producing, research, teaching and consultancy. 

Janine’s career began as a Youth Arts Manager and Educator where they helped established the  Threads Fashion Project, a successful youth arts project for young women aged 10-18 in Hackney. Under the Threads Fashion Project, Janine partnered with Hackney Museum, the London College of Fashion, Victoria & Albert Museum, Design Museum and The National Archive amongst many others large and small cultural partners to deliver high impact youth-led creative projects.

Janine is now the Course Leader for the undergraduate course, BA Culture, Criticism and Curation at Central Saint Martins and has set up the University of the Arts London first-ever Hip-Hop Cultures module. As well as establishing the Royal College of Art’s first-ever Hip-Hop Studies reading group as a Visiting Lecturer.

Janine is also a  Ph.D candidate at University of Bedfordshire/ Tate, exploring if Tate can be a safer space to discuss issues of race and cultural differences within a teaching and learning context? Janine’s research is set to complete their research in October 2022 and is funded by Arts Humanities Research Council. Janine is also 1 of 30 Black Caribbean students funded by AHRC during the periods of 2016-2019.

Photo Credit: Fraser H-N courtesy of GUTS Gallery