About Jay

Jay Sykes - Promo Photo 2018Jay is a multi award-winning audio producer & writer.

Community Development Project of the Year
Mackem Craic – Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2017

Arts & Creative Radio of the Year
ArtyParti – Gold winner, Community Radio Awards 2016

Best Student Drama Program
SeaBurn – Gold winner, New York Radio Awards 2015

Best Speech Programming
SeaBurn – Bronze winner, Student Radio Awards 2015

Best Drama Producer
SeaBurn – Nominee, Radio Production Awards 2015

Academic Tutor – Audio Drama & Radio Production

Jay has taught at the University of Sunderland since January 2015 – across both BA and MA level.  Modules include audio drama, radio production, live radio, social media & employability skills.

Current Projects

ArtyParti weekly radio show arts Spark Sunderland participatory

Jay produces & presents “ArtyParti”, a weekly live radio programme which “celebrates participatory arts in the North East.  ArtyParti broadcasts every Monday at 11am on Spark, a community radio station in Sunderland.

“The best thing about ArtyParti is how inclusive it is. Whether you’re a struggling student or company director, I honestly believe that people are made to feel equally important in the drive to promote local arts and culture.” Kathryn Barnett, Fine Artist

Previous Projects

Mackem Craic James Whitman Jay Sykes Corinne Kilvington Spark Sunderland South Tyneside audio drama radio Cultural Spring Back on the MapThe collaborative audio drama Mackem Craic saw Jay working in partnership with Sunderland-based writer James Whitman & Theatre Space North East’s Artistic Director Corinne Kilvington.  We ran a series of workshops with various schools & community groups, and created this 45-minute audio drama pilot. Mackem Craic was funded by the Cultural Spring & the #Fourteen Fund.

“It feels like something that knows it’s good, and didn’t want to reveal its hand too early.” Dane Wilkinson, emerging audio producer

99% Perspiration logo podcast creative advice emerging TV radio writing theatre talent acting directing editing producing crafts design fashion From April 2015 to June 2016, Jay produced 25 episodes of 99% Perspiration; aimed at sharing advice across a network of emerging creatives.  Chiefly produced as a podcast, each episode was also broadcast on Spark & Radio Hive.

“A highly encouraging insight into the creative industries. 99% Perspiration has a brilliant structure with a variety of voices from all walks of the creative world. It has become my weekly remedy for the mid-week slump. This podcast inspires, informs and innovates and I highly recommend it for amateur and experienced creatives alike.”
– Matthew Winter Watson, Writer