Photo: Christopher Tipping in Ramsgate, South East

Christopher Tipping

Artist, Consultant, Researcher

I am an artist working in both public and private spaces. My work focuses almost exclusively on place & identity.

I am interested in local identity & the site specific & how this is preserved, exposed & expressed.

I am fascinated by the natural world, geology, botany, species diversity and a vulnerable eco-system.

I am equally inspired by our human achievement in language, music, architecture and how we have built communities and the way we navigate & use our man-made space.

Projects may be delivered as stand alone artworks or installations, but more likely, it is the work, which underpins the project; detailed contextual research influencing the design process, which leads to an original and creative interpretation.

Contextual research is process of dissection, revealing layers of social history, community & the very fabric of place. It also means engaging and collaborating with others. Individuals, organisations, specialists and all interested parties explore possibilities in collaboration. 

Tipping Goldsmith - Christopher Tipping and Shelly Goldsmith are artists who work independently, but collaborate on key projects. While Tipping’s work is focused mainly in the public realm, for example adding depth and resonance to urban projects, Goldsmith’s work focuses on more intimate areas of life, for example clothing and the traces it bears of its wearer’s experiences. Their common theme, Tipping explains is “finding the hidden narratives”: looking perhaps at unconsidered fragments, threads of the past - bringing these out and into focus re-defined; a new artefact or interpretive work. They bring the minutiae of nature and human existence into focus and reinterpret on a large scale, affirming the natural and human in what can sometimes be unnatural, de-humanised public spaces. Both have long experience in their respective fields, working independently, but have gradually come together to work collaboratively over a long period of time, which suggests a comfortable & creative symbiosis.


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Location Ramsgate, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Arts in health, Public art, Creative writing, Capital projects
Artforms / type of project Environment, Glass, Public Art, Research, Text
Tags Public Realm, Concrete, Glass, Text, Research, Digital, Contextual, Collaboration, Site Specific

News & Events

  • 'Margate Steps' wins Civic Voice Public Realm Award 2015

    The Margate Flood & Coastal Protection Scheme aka 'Margate Steps', has won the Public Realm Award at the inaugural Civic Voice Awards held in London on 17th July.

  • Southampton Station Quarter, Southampton

    The first of the bespoke cast concrete benches, which form part of the interpretive landscape concept for the project have recently been installed on site.

  • Whiteleaf Centre, Aylesbury

    Additional interpretive artwork has been commissioned from me by Artscape, on behalf of Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust for the Whiteleaf Centre, a new Hospital providing Mental Health Services.

  • Award for 'Heart of the Campus', Sheffield Hallam University

    2015 RIBA Regional Awards - Yorkshire & Humber, HLM Architects were presented with an award for the ‘Heart of the Campus’ building for Sheffield Hallam University. I was the project artist.

  • Southampton Station Quarter North Project

    Phase 1 of the project has now completed & Phases 2a and 3 are scheduled to begin on site in this month to deliver bespoke landscape elements & public realm.

  • Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station - Project Artist - via Axisweb

    This creative consultancy embeds me with the project team to influence the design process from the outset of the works. This is the first project I have actually won via Axisweb !

  • Central Chelmsford for Genesis Housing Association

    This interpretation and place-making project is ongoing at Burgess Springs, Central Chelmsford, working in collaboration with specialist contractors & the project team to create narrative artworks.

  • 'Canal Shore' Southampton Station Quarter North

    The installation of my public realm project 'Canal Shore' has completed in Southampton. The kerb-edge black basalt work with inset text is 800mm wide and 205m long & runs adjacent to Central Station.

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