The Talented Rich Mix Team: Issue 5

From Sydney, Australia, to London, UK. For 22 of the 30 years since she hopped across the pond, our Schools and Outreach Officer Tracy Barbe has lived and worked in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

Her professional journey started with Secondary Art teaching, and Youthwork with Girls & Young Women, with detours though Newham and Hackney delivering schools sessions on a floating classroom on the Victoria Dock to facilitating the ‘Cities for Children’ programme for schools and communities for Groundwork East.

She’s been involved in Heritage, Public art and Environmental Education, facilitated curriculum focused workshops as part of the LBTH Parental Engagement in schools, teacher Librarian in Primary Schools and an Early Years Facilitator of Learning though Play Arts/Literacy work in Children’s Centres. She's been part of the Rich Mix team since May 2016.


  • What is your favourite thing about working at Rich Mix?

Never a dull moment. Extremely hard working, talented colleagues.


  • What surprises you most about working at Rich Mix?

Incredibly varied programme…often surprised by what I find out about myself and others most days in my interactions with it.


  • What is the best thing to happen to you since joining the Rich Mix team?    

Watching the work I feel passionate about take shape.


  • What is the most unique thing about working in a multi-arts venue?

Meeting a wide range of practitioners all driven to express ideas and passions in such diverse mediums


  • What do you like most about working in Tower Hamlets?

Being at home, comfort of authenticity, feeling I’m welcome and belong.


  • If you could work with anyone in the world, who would it be, and why?

My mum, apparently she was one cool lady and incredibly imaginative and hard working.


  • How do you pass the time on your commute?

Listening to snippets of people’s lives and piecing together stories about them. Sometimes eating my breakfast!


  • How did you end up working in the arts?

I always had a lot to say and this was the best way to say it, hopefully bringing others along for the ride!


  • What advice would you give to someone who wants to work in your field?

Believe in people, don’t make assumptions, from little acorns do tall oak trees grow!