Tracey Cartledge

'Tracey has developed innovative techniques to engage with the community in the most appropriate ways, and has acquired specialist skills in the process'.

Tracey employs two wide-ranging methods to engage community groups in the creation of public art projects. They are:

1.Collaborating with Community Groups to Create Art for Public & Community Spaces

This involves working with community groups to facilitate the creation of artworks that the community 'own'. In this role Tracey provides inspiration, guidance and assistance to support participation throughout the creative process.

Examples of the unique permanent artworks that have resulted from these projects are: School gates for Lowry High School in Salford; 'Roots; Routes' mosaic floorscape, Old Trafford Library & Community Centre; Decorative 30metre Steel Fence, Minera Industrial Estate, Wrexham.

2. Community Consultation Projects linked to Public Art Commissions

Sometimes artworks are commissioned for a public space unrelated to any one specific group. The community's views and ideas can influence the nature of the commissioned artwork as Tracey employs a range of exciting and creative consultation processes.

An extensive consultation programme which took place in Rochdale in 1999 involved events, workshops and exhibitions over a period of two years. The outcome of the project was a feasibility report and a set of twelve fully costed and drawn up design proposals for public art improvements in the neighbourhood. Voting by the community led to the first of these proposals finally being realised in autumn 2001. Tracey was contracted again to implement the first actual permanent artwork for the scheme: a series of ornate steel security window grilles, based on artwork produced in workshop sessions by a group of young people.













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