Approved: 16.08.2006

Mick Thacker

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

My principle practice has been delivering high quality Art for the Public Realm for over 25 years. I have, over this period, worked collaboratively with a wide range of clients, organisations and diverse teams on numerous commissions in the UK and Europe. My practice is underpinned by thorough research into the site and the belief that ALL stakeholders have something valid to offer. I like to adopt a holistic and collaborative approach to all aspects of any scheme keeping the principle that quality design, inventiveness and creativity are at the core of any work I undertake. 

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  • Location: The Black Country, UK Wide
  • Activities: Public art, Private commissions, Commissioning, Visual arts consultancy, Project management
  • Categories: Consultancy, Project, Architecture, Public Art, Sculpture
  • Tags: Public art, Sculpture, Artist, Sculptor, Built environment, Art and architecture, Public realm, Creative, Design, Commission
 

Biography

My principle practice has been delivering high quality Art for the Public Realm for over 25 years. I have, over this period, worked collaboratively with a wide range of clients, organisations and diverse teams on numerous commissions in the UK and Europe. My practice is underpinned by thorough research into the site and the belief that ALL stakeholders have something valid to offer. I like to adopt a holistic and collaborative approach to all aspects of any scheme keeping the principle that quality design, inventiveness and creativity are at the core of any work I undertake. 

The range and scope of my practice has enabled me to build a very reliable and effective network of fabricators, installers and other arts and non-arts professionals. This network allows me to always deliver projects on time and on budget with guaranteed, tried and tested results, even when timescales are very tight. This gives me the confidence to focus on the creative part of the project and assures satisfactory deliveries that exceeds the client’s expectations.

 I am also very experienced in speaking publicly and working as a part of a design team and believe strongly in the importance of high quality, imaginative and well thought through design on all projects in the public realm.

 

CV & Education

2011-2014 Developed from scratch, held and successfully delivered the contract for Carillion and Creative Directed, Project Dandelion. Project Dandelion was designed to deliver Public Art for the School build programme in Wolverhampton. This was as a part of BSF, Building Schools for the Future.

Also successfully delivered a major project for CENTRO around young people’s uptake of public transport through a creative mapping scheme that resulted in quality research and a public art and transport map and website. This project was funded by the Transport regeneration fund.

Main Outcomes from the project included

Over 34 major commissions delivered with overall spend of over a million pounds.

Nine schools took part, two of which were special school.

10,000 students participated and introduced to the programme.

Creation of a new Public Gallery at Highfields School “EVOKE” (ongoing)

Created Wolverhampton Public Art Map, distributed to all secondary schools funded by the Transport Regeneration Fund through CENTRO

Set up ltd company to deliver the project

2011 New sculptures for six stations from Walsall to Rugely for Network Rail

2010 Invited one person exhibition, the exhibition was created to celebrate the signing of the Schengen Peace Treaty, Schengen Peace Centre, Luxembourg.

2010 One person exhibition, Galleria Joan Planellas, Gerona, Spain.

2008-11 Various large scale commission across the country

Art & Public Transport

Designing, project managing and delivering new sculptural interventions with London Midland LTD for six stations on the Chaseline railway link. The scheme is a part of the national rail improvement scheme.

 “Clink” A sculptural gateway and footbridge for Stourbridge junction Railway Station, UK

“Smethwick Galton Bridge” Car park redevelopment, and new sculpture, railings, seating, signage Smethwick Galton Bridge Railway Station, Smethwick, UK“Left Luggage and architectural design collaboration” Secondary access Snow Hill Railway Station Birmingham UK
“Mondobongo” Link spots work, Centro, Newtown Birmingham, UK
“Loco motion” sculptural and lighting intervention, Wolverhampton Bus Station, Wolverhampton, UK
“An even bigger splash” Link spots work Newtown swimming pool, UK

“Chaseline” six sculptural interventions for London Midland for six railway stations in North Midlands, UK
“Wheel” Link spots work Centro, Saltly, Birmingham

All the above commissions and projects were supported by CENTRO passenger transport authority for the West Midlands.
Referees

Richard Woods, Principle Architect, richard.woods@purcelluk.com

Andy Hand, Senior project manager, Carillion plc.  Andy.Hand@carillionplc.com

 

Art form  

Design, consultation and fabrication management of site specific public art commissions for corporate/business/public sector clients, public buildings, public spaces

Project management, master planning, consultation

Gallery work

My working method proceeds from an understanding of the physical and social context of the intended work. My practice therefore includes and is built upon, thorough research into the ‘site’. I develop designs, taking the particular character and needs of a given location and client as the starting point and often collaborate with other professionals to realise the work. Such an approach means that I am not tied to a specific material, medium or style.

Quality of design is always matched with quality materials and quality workmanship and this is consistent at all stages of any project

 Experience and transferable skills

Over 30 years’ experience of working in the field of visual arts.

11 year experience of teaching (post 18) 1988-99

Extensive experience of Master planning and project design

Extensive creative industry business experience having run a successful  LLP for 12 years and for the last 7 years a  limited company

Wide range of project management and deliver experience including strategies for engaging people at all levels of a project

Extensive experience of working with design teams

Feasibility study work over a period of 25 years 

Extensive experience of working with fabrication companies and procurement of fabrication and installation services

Extensive experience of working with both public and private sector clients (see below)

Experience of budget management

Experience of working with Birmingham City Council on economic development and regeneration projects (Knowledge support for SB, EQUAL)

Recruitment and interview experience

Extensive experience of designing for public spaces

Commission and project brief writing and deliver ranging from public art commission opportunities through to writing the Public Art, Sculpture in Environment and Working with Others modules for Edexcel

Public presentation and speaking experience (each of our projects requires at least one presentation)

Thorough understanding of funding and creative ways of exploring funding opportunities

Film production

Collaboratively developing creative marketing and advocacy strategies

Experience of the planning process

Understanding of health and safety and safe working methods, having CSCS qualification

IT skilled including MS Word, MS PowerPoint and adobe Photoshop

Extensive experience of designing collaboration into arts projects

 

Current and previous clients include:

ABRA Asian Balti Restaurateurs Association, Advantage West Midlands, Arts Council of England, A&B Arts & Business, Bewdley Civic Society, Birmingham City Council, BMW, Bromsgrove District Council, Carillion PLC,  Cambridge City Council, CENTRO, Chartwell Land P.L.C., Cork County Council, Cork institute of Technology, Crosby Homes, Experian LTD, Groundwork Trust, Hirsch Bedner Associates, Hyatt International, IKEA, Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Lancaster District Council, Levitt Bernstein Associates, Louth Playgoers Society, Madeley Parish Council, Marsh & Grochowski Architects, MCD ( Midland & City Developments ), Midlands Arts Centre, Wm. Morrison Supermarkets PLC,  Nationwide Building Society, Rydale Group, Peterborough Council, Sandwell M.B.C. Solihull M.B.C, South Staffs District Council, Staffordshire University, Staffordshire Moorlands District Council, Stockton on Tees District Council, University of Central England, Warwickshire County Cricket Club, Wellington Health Practice, Wolverhampton City Council, Wolverhampton Museum and Art Gallery, Worcester City Museum and Art Gallery

Education
Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Walsall College of Art
BA in Sculpture, Wolverhampton University, UK
MA in Sculpture, University of Central England, UK

Relevant experience

2010 – 2014

Artistic Director and contract holder for Wolverhampton Building Schools for The Future programme. Over the four year duration of the project I will be responsible for the commissioning of over 1.5 million pounds worth of new Public Art across 23 secondary schools with over 16,000 students

2009 - 10

Designing, project managing and delivering new sculptural interventions with London Midland LTD for six stations on the Chaseline railway link. The scheme is a part of the national rail improvement scheme. ‘

2008- Ongoing

Working with Barrat Homes, Wolverhampton City Council and Architects Nichol Thomas on site specific interventions for “Blue Brick” a new housing development in Wolverhampton

2006

Created and developed in collaboration with Arts & Business, Birmingham City Council (KSB) “Visual” and online gallery designed specifically to promote and sell works of contemporary art to business. www.visualforbusiness.com the project was created in Birmingham and is now operating nationally as a part of Arts and Business core programme. I am currently working on the development of the project to incorporate Public art and a strategy for integrating, more securely, into the planning process.

2008 - 2009

Working with South Wales Constabulary, SAFLE and poet Peter Finch on the creation of a new landmark work marking the new Constabulary building, Tiger Bay, Cardiff.

Selected Work in the Public Domain
Regeneration
“Stratford Armillary” Banbury Road, Stratford on Avon, UK A large scale sculpture that explores Copernicus and the age of reason and its relationship to Shakespeare and historic Stratford.
“Night Swimmer” Major Sculpture for North Wolverhampton Leisure Complex, UK
“Flock & Shoal” Two large Sculptures for Wilson Bowden Developments, Mansfield, UK
“Lost Property” Bronze sculptural works for Barratt Homes, Wolverhampton, UK
“When Traffic Cones Take Root” Sculptural lighting for the underside of junction 34, M6, Lancaster, UK
“You Are Here” Bronze pavement insert, Bridge north DC, UK.
“Gold star” 2m x 2m bronze insert work for William Morrison’s store on the site of the Birmingham Small Arms Factory, Birmingham, UK
“Boat” Canal side sculpture for Crosby Homes, Birmingham Worcester Canal, Birmingham
Town Centre regeneration
“The Darwin Gate”, Town Plaza, Shrewsbury first commission in Shrewsbury for over 100 years. The Darwin Gate celebrates the most famous and influential British scientist and his work in glass, light and stone.
“High Heels” Town Plaza, Mansfield, UK
WIP “Smithfield 1923” working with Associated Architects on sculptural and lighting works for a new office complex in Digbeth, Birmingham
Art, Architecture and Housing

“crucible” new railing scheme for David Wilson Homes, Stourbridge
“Dicks Black Cat” The Whittington Hospital, London, UK.
“Lighthouse” Major sculpture for South Wales Constabulary, Cardiff, Wales, UK
“Time fall” Madely Parish Council, Madeley, Shropshire, UK
“A Red Ball Spins” A 15m wall based work for Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Birmingham. Working in collaboration with Architects, Briant Priest Newman and the community of Balsall Heath.
“Light house” Lighting scheme for new apartment development, Leeds, UK working with Architects Levitt Bernstein utilising fibre optic technology

Art in Urban Parks
“Green Man Walking” Bromsgrove, DC, UK
“Fish Swallowing Bird” Ropnor Park, Stockton on Tees, UK
Highways
“Pegasus”, A Winged Horse for Cork Airport, Cork Ireland.
“Aspire” Major Sculpture for IKEA, Peterborough, UK
“Bronze works” Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham.
Ephemeral works
“Shadow Games”, World indoor Athletics Championships, Birmingham, UK
“Digiwali”, A filmic celebration of Diwali, Birmingham, UK
“Shed” Filmic project with the rural communities of South Staffordshire
Awards
Industry & Genius Award with CENTRO
Arts & Business New Partners Award for work with Experian
Arts & Business New Partners Award for work with George Wimpy Homes, Manchester
Arts & Business New Partners Award for work with IKEA
Transport regeneration fund

Gallery exhibition selection
FISHHHH One person show Shengen Peace Foundation, Shengen, Luxembourg

ICARUS solo show Galleria Joan Planellas, Gerona, Barcelona, Spain

Art from Birmingham 1948-2008 Birmingham Museum
Working Title, Ikon Gallery Birmingham
Grey Matter, Ikon Gallery, Birmingham
Solo show, Balham Gallery London
Stowells Trophy Royal Academy, London.
Solo Show, Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
Solo Show x 2, Bond Gallery Birmingham.
Watching and Waiting, Custard Factory Gallery, Birmingham.
The Flower Garden, Hokkaido, Japan.
Making Drawing Work, Big Peg, Birmingham
Sculpture Monsters and other things, GLOSCAT, UK
Acme Meteor Prototype II, BMW, Rydale Central, Birmingham UK
On The Town, Herbert Gallery, Coventry, UK.
Art & Architecture, Bonnington Gallery, Nottingham, UK.
Many open studio and artists group shows.
Works in Public and Private Collections in Japan, UK, Norway, USA, Spain

 

LIMITED COMPANY  NUMBER

07356753

V.A.T NUMBER

9773206

ESTABLISHED

1986

QUALIFICATIONS

M.A.

POSTAL ADDRESS 

Number 2, B64 5BG

TEL

07908 253333

EMAIL ADDRESS 

studio@mickthacker.com

 

Insurances

Public Liability

Employers Liability

Professional indemnity