Photo: Mick Thacker in Cradley Heath, West Midlands

Mick Thacker

Artist

Born Walsall, West Midlands, UK, 1961 Education Foundation Diploma in Art & Design, Walsall College of Art BA in Sculpture, Wolverhampton University, UK MA in Sculpture, University of Central England, UK Career path Fellow in Sculpture Gloucestershire College of Art, UK Associate Lecturer in Sculpture Stourbridge College of Art, UK Freelance Sculptor Visiting Professor in Sculpture Loughborogh College of Art, North Staffordshire College of Art, Walsall School of Art, Wolverhampton University, University of Central England, Founder member, Eagle Works Gallery and Studios, Wolverhampton. Chair, Birmingham Artists 07-08 Advisor to Arts Council England, West Midlands Consultant to Arts & Business Partner, The Renn & Thacker Partnership LLP Partner, Thash, Property development and investment 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” Malor 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 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 and Architecture 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 & Public Transport 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 Whee Link spots work Centro, Saltly, Birmingham 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 Gallery exhibition selection 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 read full statement

Location Cradley Heath, West Midlands
Activities Built environment, Public art, Private commissions, Visual arts consultancy
Artforms / type of project Consultancy, Project, Public Art, Sculpture