Janice Aitken is a Reader in Art and Design and artist who has worked in Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design since 2003. She currently teaches in Contemporary Art Practice and is Associate Dean for Public and Community Engagement.
She graduated from DJCAD in 1984 having studied Fine Art, Drawing and Painting. Since then she has been engaged in exhibiting, facilitating community projects, public art, gallery engagement education and scientific visualisation. She regularly collaborates with colleagues from across the University of Dundee including CAHID, the School of Life Sciences and the School of Education and Social Work. Working in a variety of media including photography, painting, animation and digital film and interactive media, Aitken’s work has been exhibited in the National Gallery of Scotland, the Science Museum, London, the Bachaus, Eisenach, Germany as well as more local venues such as the streets of Dundee, McManus Galleries Dundee and the University of Dundee School of Life Sciences. She has also contributed to internationally broadcast TV documentaries ‘The King in the Car Park’ and Cleopatra, Portrait of a Killer’.
Aitken is a trustee of several organisations including the DOJ Centenary Trust, Dundee Women’s Aid, Tin Roof Artist’s Collective and is a Director of The Centre for Transformative Change: Educational and Life Transitions (TCELT).
In her role as Associate Dean, she is responsible for public and community engagement activity in the School, coordinating the University's relationship with V&A Dundee and the City Council. She is also a member of the School Executive Group, University Senate and Court.