School of Arts and Cultures

Staff Profiles

Tracey Tofield

Associate lecturer


Tracey Tofield's work is time, site and audience specific working across media boundaries and subject disciplines to involve performance, collaboration and community development, educational/creativity research, event direction and production. Drawing is the core of her practice yet she also works in video, painting, installation, book works and in iterative series.

Tracey is the founder and Director of the Arthouses Programme within Whitley Bay Film Festival since 2010.

She is currently working on multiple drawings relating to the Ox herding series of images, investigating the significance of error within creative cycles and the value of arts practice within health care settings. 



(1986-9)  BA in Fine Art with First class honours from Coventry (Lanchester) Polytechnic 

(1989-91) MFA Fine Art, Newcastle University

(1993-7) MEd in Educational Development and Research from Northumbria University

Modules taken and awarded : Human relations in Professional Contexts, Planning small scale Practitioner Enquiry, Approaches to Teaching & Learning, Principles and Tensions in Research, Intensive Fieldwork Report, Writing for Presentation and Publication, Principles and Practice of Practitioner Enquiry, Independent Study 

MEd Dissertation -The Values and Methods in Creative Arts Activity: Community Arts work & Art Practice.


1989-91      The Alec Turner Scholarship (£10,000) Sir Thomas White’s Educational Foundation, Coventry

1996            Arts Council Award

2003            Arts Council Award

2005            Arts Council Award

2011            Arts Council England Awards for Whitley Bay Film Festival’s Arthouse Programme

2013            Arts Council England Awards for Whitley Bay Film Festival’s Arthouse Programme

2012            Journal Culture Awards- Whitley Bay Film Festival Best Event on Tyneside

                     (as Co-director of Whitley Bay Film Festival)


Undergraduate Teaching

Associate Lecturer in Contemporary Drawing Practice and Life Drawing

Teaches across the BA Hons Fine Art Studio Programme

Teaches into First year in the School of Architecture, Planning and Landscape