Approved: 16.08.2006

Tracey Tofield

Artist, Event organiser, Lecturer / academic, Maker, Writer

Approved: 16.08.2006

My work is concerned with boundary, connection and relationship- essentially a reflection on apparent dualities, questions of Self, Other and the figuration of human relationship.

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Artist Statement

My work is concerned with boundary, connection and relationship- essentially a reflection on apparent dualities, questions of Self, Other and the figuration of human relationship.

I make, study, research and create series or 'bodies' of work/forms.

Drawing is  central to my practice yet I work across media and disciplinary boundaries including performance, community collaboration negotiation, event curation and direction, arts and health symposia, workshop and research, installation, video, painting, bookworks.

I am fascinated by "the space between", metaphysical and psychological dynamics within human interaction and pro prioception- body knowledge. Human beings seem to agree on a visual reality. There are no lines separating off things from other 'things' yet each object, person, item is other to itself, bounded, named, distinct. Oddly, as a visual artist I am interested in what is not seen, the space between. The World Turned Upside Down.


CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1997 - Master of Educational Development , University of Northumbria, Newcastle Upon Tyne 1991 - Master of Fine Art, Newcastle University, Newcastle, Tyne and Wear 1989 - BA (Hons) Fine Art- first class, Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic, Coventry.

2015 : A FOREIGN ENCOUNBTER, GALERIE FOE, MUNICH. Group exhibition with 40 artists & Antony Gormley

2010-date: THE ARTHOUSE PROGRAMME, Whitley Bay Film Festival, North Tyneside. Founder, Director, Curator. Devised The Arthouse programme of site/time specific artwork within the festival. Co-ordinated work with over 150 artists including Michael Pinsky, Kelly Richardson, Joel Fisher, Richard Talbot.

2010-date- Co-founder/director of The Pox performance Collective. 'Not Lectures' Live performances in London, Newcastle and across the North East of England.

2014: DIRTY PRETTY THINGS. Cullercoats studios, North Tyneside. Group show with Lee Maelzer, Virginia Bodman.

2014: TWO OF TEN. Settle down café, Newcastle: Newcastle writers/artists group exhibition 2012: Imprint 2012. Bureau Gallery, Manchester.Experimental feminist group show with Maggie Nichols, Hannabiel, Thereza Buskova. 'Glory  Box'. Performance with Cody Sowerby. 

2011 - ‘No one will be as intersted as your own mind.’ , XL gallery, University of Newcastle, Newcastle upon Tyne 2005 - NOSTOS. Drawing installation with video, North Wing, Buddle Arts Centre, Wallsend, Tyne and Wear 2003 - Matrixial Gazes. 3 Installations, Globe Gallery, North Shields, Tyne and Wear 1996 - Synergies, The Globe Gallery, North Shields 1995 - Mind the Bodies, Globe Gallery, North Shields Group exhibitions 2011 - Prospero’s Library, Studio 75 Hackney, London. 2010 - Tripartite, Saltburn Artists Projects, Saltburn 2007 - Strangers (with Richard Jardine), 'The Bridge', Tynemouth Metro Station, Tynemouth, Tyne and Wear 2006 - The Great Art Fair, Alexandra Palace, London 2000 - Drawing the Line, Globe Gallery (hub), North Shields, Tyne and Wear 2000 - Typecast (part of Vane 2000), Friar House, Newcastle-upon-Tyne 1996 - Women in Europe (Isis arts), OernErkenschwick, Germany 1994 - Consuming Passions , The Buddle, The Laing Art Gallery,, Newcastle upon Tyne 1989 - Artist '89, London Contemporary Art, Chelsea Harbour, London Curated projects 2011 - ‘Arthouses 2011’ , Artist's video/site specific installation event involving over 26 artists as part of Whitley Bay Film Festival, North Tyneside Live/Performance 2005 - NOSTOS. Artistic Director, North Wing, Buddle Arts Centre and The Side Cinema, Newcastle upon Tyne 2003 - 2003 From the Eye to the Hand. Series of Artist/ Poet collaborative performances and participatory workshops with Alec Finlay, Newcastle Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Projects 2007 - SowGrowCookEat for Creative Partnerships North and South Tyneside, Rockcliffe First School, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear 2005 - Murals , Rockcliffe School, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear 2004 - Digital Animation Workshops and film, Rockcliffe School, Whitley Bay, Tyne and Wear

Competitions, prizes and awards


2005 - Arts Council Award for Artists , Buddle Arts Centre, North Tyneside 2003 - Arts Council Award for Artists, Globe Gallery (Hub), North Shields, Tyne and Wear 1989 - The Alec Turner Scholarship, £10,000 educational award , Sir Thomas White Educational Foundation, Coventry