Christopher Tipping

Artist, Project manager, Consultant, Researcher

I explore themes of place making & narrative in the public realm. Commissioned projects are exclusively site and context specific in origin and are shaped and underpinned by extensive research and consultative practice. My aim and interest is to examine, re-frame and present historic and contemporary contextual evidence as evocative and relevant interventions. This is of course an interpretation which offers an edge and threshold at which to work with the realities and needs of site. I am interested in how people navigate, react to and read spaces; particularly how a site can silently communicate. Proportion, rhythm and colour are manifest 'through the surface' in pattern, texture and sculptural form; structures and systems for marking place, function, time and motion. I am inspired also by 'edges'; that particular threshold between one state and another. As an artist working primarily in the public realm, this is often about boundaries; a change in material, texture, application. An edge can be dangerous, thrilling; a springboard to the unknown & the start of an adventure - the first line of a story. It is at this 'edge' that I find my inspiration. Tipping Goldsmith Christopher Tipping and Shelly Goldsmith are artists who work independently, but collaborate on key projects. While Tipping’s work is focused on the public realm, for example adding depth and resonance to urban building 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 at the tiny unconsidered fragments, remnants of what has gone before, and bringing them out creatively into a new artefact/work of art. They bring the minutiae of nature and human existence into focus and reinterpret it 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. read full statement

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

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