About Tracey Cartledge

I am a Manchester based artist working in Public Art. 

My career in public art began when I finished my fine art degree and landed a job with Partnership Art Limited in Manchester. This position provided valuable experience of working in teams with more established artists, making and installing public art schemes.

“Journey”, for example, is a public art installation sited beneath the approach to Piccadilly Station on London Road in Manchester. Commissioned by the Manchester Central Development Corporation, the piece consists of three tall bronze relief panels and a pavement lighting feature. Diane Gorvin, Phil Bews, Terry Eaton and I worked with students from Shena Simon College to create the panels that were cast by Castle Fine Art Foundry.

Since 1991, when I set up my own business, I have built up a varied portfolio of public art projects. Commissions include the sculptural neon sign for the Bury Met Arts Centre; Moo-lin Rouge for CowParade Manchester; mosaic paving features in Chorley and Preston town centres and in parks all around the North West; decorative forged steel and stainless steel fencing, gates, archways and other features for nature reserves, urban parks, castles, housing estates and private residencies and a number of “Safe Routes to School” schemes.

Moo-lin Rouge, part of 3 can-caning cow showgirls by Tracey Cartledge for CowParade Manchester.

Moo-lin Rouge, part of 3 can-caning cow showgirls by Tracey Cartledge for CowParade Manchester.

Tracey Cartledge, Kingsway Park Public Art Commission

Kingsway Park, Stretford, Manchester. Seating area commemorating the anti-aircraft battery here during the World War II.

stainless steel seat at Victoria Mill Park, Miles Platting, Manchester. Designed by Tracey Cartledge with assistance from Steve Silverstone, Ann Gilligan and ABR Fabrications

stainless steel seat at Victoria Mill Park, Miles Platting, Manchester. Designed by Tracey Cartledge with assistance from Steve Silverstone, Ann Gilligan and ABR Fabrications

The projects I work on frequently involve community engagement. Facilitating workshops and teaching art processes is one of my key skills. I have worked with hundreds of primary and secondary schools, many special educational needs schools and I’ve hosted workshops in museums, libraries, community centres and art centres. I currently work for the Museum of Manchester to deliver workshops in art and humanities as part of the secondary and post 16 curriculum and I also run a weekly mosaic evening class for adults.

Small Tortoiseshell Mosaic by Tracey Cartledge

Small Tortoiseshell Mosaic by Tracey Cartledge

Ready to install section opus circulatum

Repairing the unglazed porcelain mosaic floors at Victoria Station, Manchester, 2014.

I am a professional member and North West Regional Co-ordinator for BAMM – British Association of Modern Mosaic and also a member of AIMC International Assocation of Contemporary Mosaicists. In recent years, I have become increasingly involved in restoration work and the processes of conservation. In 2014 I was contracted to restore all of the mosaic floors at Victoria Rail Station in Manchester as part of it’s £44m refurbishment.

4 thoughts on “About Tracey Cartledge

  1. Avril Cairncross

    Hello Tracey and Happy New Year.
    I organise courses and workshops at Brinscall Hall near Chorley in Lancashire (www.brinscallhall.co.uk) and would like to put on a mosaic day for adults. I wondered if you would be interested in teaching here for a day, taking a group of about 10 students? It would be wonderful if you could. We would charge the students £45 each for the day and this includes home-made cakes and cookies and a really good vegetarian lunch with dessert, all of which go down really well. There are two fee options for teachers, either we pay a straight fee of £200 to the teacher for the day including lunch etc. or the teacher hires our facilities for £80 for the day and then £35 from each student goes to the teacher and £10 to us for food etc. Hope this makes sense!
    If you would be interested please get in touch and I’ll send you a clearer outline of the fee structure.
    Hope to hear from you soon.
    Best wishes,
    Avril

    Reply
    1. makemosaictrace Post author

      Hi Avril

      Happy New Year to you too!
      I’m so pleased that you found my site and extended this kind invitation for me to come and teach at Brinscall Hall, which I would be delighted to accept. Please let me know more about it and any dates that you have in mind. I’m officially back at work from Monday 6th January.

      Kind regards,

      Tracey

      Reply

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