Dr Joy Sleeman studied History of Art at at UCL and has a PhD from the University of Leeds (Department of Fine Art). From an early stage in her career Dr Sleeman's approach to research and teaching has been informed by working with artists and in a Fine Art context. She has taught at the Slade since 1995.
Her research embraces aspects of the histories of sculpture and landscape and these two areas of interest coalesce in her work on the new forms of landscape art that emerged in the 1960s, often referred to as 'Land Art'. Land art, and most particularly the work and contribution of artist in Britain, is the area of research with which her work is most consistently associated and she has published numerous articles, chapters in books and essays for exhibition catalogues related to this area. She is released a book about Roelof Louw later in the year.
Dr Sleeman regularly gives public lectures, talks and conference papers at institutions such as Tate, Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh, Nottingham University (Djanogly Gallery), The Gallery at Norwich University College of the Arts, The Collection Lincoln, The Henry Moore Institute, Leeds and The Getty, Los Angeles.