Tracy Simpson

Job Role
GTA, Art & Design


Artist, researcher and curatorial professional. She is Co-director of Addo Creative (Addo) established in 2011, a not-for-profit visual arts organisation working with artists, communities, private, public and voluntary sector partners to curate and manage critically situated art projects in the public realm that enhance the wider cultural ecology of places, communities and sites including: permanent/temporary works, artist residencies, strategies, fundraising, evaluation, research, events and exhibitions.

Previously Tracy worked for Safle, the strategic agency for public art in Wales, as a Senior Project Manager (2008-2010). She held the post of Director of Wrexham Arts Centre for eight years (2000-2008).

She is currently researching how artists, arts organisations and communities collaborate, towards her PhD (due 2023). The research is a collaboration between Glyndwr University and Ty Pawb.

She has been a Trustee and Board member of Oriel Davies since 2017.


PhD title ‘The Role of Visual Arts in the Creation of Social Space: How Artists, Arts Organisations and Communities Collaborate.’ Due for completion 2023.

BA Hons, Fine Art, De Montfort University, Leicester (1994)

ILM 5 Effective Coaching & Mentoring, Institute of Leadership & Management (2021)

ILM 5 Leadership & Management, Institute of Leadership & Management (2017)

External Activities:

National Advisor - Arts Council of Wales (2015-18)


Tracy’s research, developed from her twenty-year plus career in the visual arts, aims to draw parallels between curation, audience development, community and sense of place derived from co-development and collaboration around issues of programming and creating visual arts in arts and non-arts spaces.

Her PhD, due 2023, is a collaboration between Glyndwr University and Ty Pawb and focusses on creative resilience within arts organisations in Wales and the impact of the pandemic on programming methodology. The development of Lle Celf Ddefnyddiol, a useful art approach, at Ty Pawb will enable her to gather information of creative collaboration.


MA Art Practice

MA Design Practice


‘Navigations-Art as Research’ publication to accompany the exhibition of the same name at Oriel Davies, Newtown – Foreword & Editor (2017)

‘Rural Works’ publication regarding the nature of artists’ practice/residencies in a regeneration context – Foreword & Editor (2014)

Conference Presentations, Papers & Workshops:

Paper: Environmental Evidence 2020 – Resilience in the Welsh Uplands (2020)

Seminar: ‘Art As Research’ Oriel Davies, Newtown (2017)

Paper: Engage International Conference (2016)

Paper: Artworks Cymru, Artist’s Toolkit (2015)

Seminar: ‘What’s Art Got to Do with It? Demystifying Public Procurement for Artists’ Swansea University (2014)

Paper: ‘Wales Art Programme’ World Canal Conference, Milan, Italy (2014)

Paper: IXIA ‘Public Art and Regeneration’ Seminar, Bangor University (2013)


Paper: ‘Unlocking Funding for Makers’ Seminar, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen