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, curation, event direction and production.

Drawing is the core of her practice yet she also works in painting, video, installation, book works and performance.

She works in iterative series, investigating the significance of error within creative cycles and is currently investigating the role, significance and value of seeing, drawing and visual arts practice in health education and community settings. 

Tracey is the founder of the ArtHouse Programme within Whitley Bay Film Festival. She has been a member of the Whitley Bay Film Festival team since 2010.




(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)

Lectures & performance

Tracey delivers performance Not-Lectures on Andy Warhol, Goya, Architecture and Drawing, The Paradox of Error, Knowing & Not-Knowing.

She was invited to curate a series of four Performance Not-Lectures for Breeze Creatives in 2015.

Since 2009 Tracey has worked with performance and satirical improvisational theatre as a site specific praxis. She co-founded the performance troupe Pox.


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

Selected Previous Teaching

Since 2001      Teacher/Associate Lecturer, Fine Art Department - Newcastle University

        Teaching & assessment. Drawing workshops/ working across Fine Art Department

Since 2007      Visiting lecturer/Drawing& Design tutor, Stage One Architecture Degree course.

Devised & led ‘In Between Spaces/Body as Architectural Generator’

Dance & drawing performances in  Kings Hall, N’cle University, with international dance group  MOTHER, R.S.V.P workshops, Drawing & Materiality group work, group ‘Shelter’ Installations around campus. Led & co-ordinated other art tutors in Intensive group teaching & democratic devising workshops.

2015                Life Drawing Teacher for BBC 2 'Trust Me I’m a Doctor'

2015-6            Consultant Artist for 'Creative Dialogues', North Tyneside Recovery Partnership, Wallsend


2012-13          Stage One Module Leader in Fine Art - Newcastle University


2002-11          Combined Honours Drawing Programme – Newcastle University

                         All  Programming, Teaching & Assessment across Stage 1,2 and 3 modules.

Coordinated and produced final year degree shows yearly outside of University with Drawing students: Biscuit  Factory, Newcastle Arts Centre, Newcastle University, Laboca Café. The Stephenson Works.

2003-08          Visiting Lecturer University of Sunderland (Centre for Lifelong Learning)

Devised new courses: Subversive (Contemporary) Watercolour Drawing, The Medium and the Message

2003-05          Art Tutor John Spence High School (Adult Learning Centre) North Shields.

                            Taught GCSE art & started up the GCSE ‘A’ level art course for adults.

1996-2002       Lecturer Department of Creative/ Performing Arts North Tyneside College.

 Taught ‘A’ level/ Foundation/ Fine Art, life drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Installation, Video.

1991-99           Visiting Lecturer in First Year, Dept of Fine Art, Newcastle University

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