Christopher TippingArtist, 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
Qualifications and Training 1985 - MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London
2009 - '1479 plates' , The Octagon 25 Milsom Place Bath, A discussion on the inspiration & research behind the exhibition & the collaboration with new technology specialists in design & ceramics.
Selected & Ongoing Commissions
2013 - ongoing - Whiteleaf Hospital - A New Mental Health Hospital, Commissioned by Artscape: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Architects: Nightingale Associates. Contractors: Kier , Aylesbury
2013 - ongoing - The Heart of the Campus: A new building for Sheffield Hallam University Collegiate Campus, Commisisoned by HLM Architects & SHU, Sheffield
2012 - 'Bransholme Seed Cloud' - A site specific artwork digitally printed on optically clear vinyl. Commissioned by Esteem Consortium , Winifred Holtby Secondary & Tweendykes Special School., Bransholme, Hull.
2012 - ongoing - Central Concourse Artwork, Jubilee Building - New Surgical - Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton, Somerset
2012 - 'Mille Fleur' - Architectural Glass Screen by tippinggoldsmith, NICU - The Dyson Centre for Neo Natal Intensive Care Unit. Commissioned by the Royal United Hospital, Bath., Royal United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bath
2012 / ongoing - 'Murmuration', New Surgical Jubilee Building, Musgrove Park Hospital. Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust , Taunton, Somerset
2012 - New Entrance Building, Duchess Building Musgrove Park Hospital , Taunton Somerset
2012 - 'New Kings Stairs & Turnstone Quay'., Sea Defence Project, Margate. Interpretive & contextual concept & strategy commissioned by Thanet District Council & the Environment Agency., Marine Drive, Margate, Kent
2012 - Southampton Central Station Quarter: Transport Interchange & Public Realm Strategy , Balfour Beatty Living Places & Southampton City Council, Southampton
2012 - 'Under Your Shade', Day Treatment Unit - Oxford Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital . Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford
2011 - Step Revetment - A Sea Defence for Margate, Marine Drive Margate - Thanet District Council & the Environmental Agency, Margate, Kent
2010 - ‘Hiatus’, Guildhall Square, Southampton, Lead Artist to Southampton City Council’s ‘Cultural Quarter Guildhall Square Regeneration Programme’. Commissioned by Southampton City Council. Engineers: Mott MacDonald. Contractors: Bardon Construction. Granite Consultants: Hardscape. Concrete Benches: Decomo
2010 - 'Coastal Reflections.....' tippinggoldsmith, New Minehead Community Hospital Somerset, A series of internal glass screens which explore themes of reflection & the flora of the coast. Commisisoned by Somerset Primary Care Trust. Architects DKA. Contractor: Laing O Rourke. Glass Consultants & manufacturers: Proto Studios Ltd
2010 - 'The Celebrated Street: Animal Walk', High Street - Maidstone Kent, Commissioned as artist consultant to the project team to inform the interpretation of the streetscape & public realm. Client: Maidstone Borough Council. Architects: Letts Wheeler. Contractor: Ringway. Granite Consultants: Hardscape
2009 - ‘Rossby Diptych - The Largest Longitude / Time Plot in the World' , Carnival House Southampton, Bespoke Cast concrete Rainscreen. Project Collaborators: National Oceanography Centre. Decomo. Commissioned by Development Securities Plc. Architects: Auckett Fitzroy Robinson. Contractors: Miller Construction
2009 - '1479 plates'. , The Octagon 25 Milsom Place Bath, This installation & exhibition was created as a response to the Combe Down Stone Mines Stabilisation Public Art Project & was commissioned by Bath & North East Somerset Council. Project collaborators: Autonomatic - 3D Digital Production Research Falmouth University. Oxford Archaeology. Ceramics Manufacturer & Consultant: Digital Ceramic Systems Ltd. Exhibition build & management: REM Event Management
2009 - ongoing - '16 arc park' Amy Johnson , Gateway. Hull City Councils Neighbourhood Regeneration Programme., Public open space & public realm inspired by the flight to Darwin Australia by Amy Johnson in May 1930. The park will be at the heart of a development of 600 new homes. Client: Gateway. Developer: Keepmoat Homes. Architects: John Thompson & Partners. Commisisoned by ARC - The Architecture Centre for Hull.
2009 - 'Hornsea Culture' New Theatre & Conference Centre, Hornsea Area Renaissance Partnership, Commissioned to research interpretation concept to inform the design & manufacture of concrete cladding panels. The work has been inspired by the coastal setting in Holderness & the archives of Hornsea Pottery. Client: HARP Hornsea Area Renaissance Partnership. Architects: East Riding of Yorkshire.
2009 - Newtown's Cove Footbridge, Newton's Cove Weymouth, The footbridge - part of the South West Coastal Path - replaces a 1950's concrete structure & now provides both a destination & platform from which to view Weymouth Bay & the Jurassic Coast & the nearby Olympic Sailing site at Portland Harbour. Commissioned by Dorset Engineering Consultancy
2009 - No 1 Guildhall - Atrium Glass Screen, No 1 Guildhall Southampton, Commissioned by Atlantic Property Developments Ltd. Architects: Capita Symonds. Contractors: Dawnus. Glass Consultants & Manufacturers: Fusion Glass Designs & Pilkingtons.
2008 - ‘Void’ London Road Sexfoil - Bespoke black terrazzo seats with inset text, London Road Southampton, As part of the London Road project team, the artist Chris Tipping created a concept for a simple, elegant and uncluttered public realm which uses quality materials and paving patterns to emphasise existing focal points, meeting places, thresholds, markers & gateways. Commissioned by Southampton City Council. Bench collaborators & terrazzo manufacturers Pallam Precast Ltd
2004 - 'Boom Bang Boom'. , Gunpowder Park. Waltham Abbey. Hertfodshire., Commissioned as an artist consultant on the project team to create an interpretive design concept for a new, dynamic country park which could be an inspiring place for the collaboration of arts, science & nature projects. The 90 hectare brownfield site, formerly owned by Royal Ordnance plc was part of a much larger site, which for the previous 200 years, was associated with gunpowder manufacture, weapons and propellants research. Client: Lee Valley Regional Parks Authority & LDA Design.
|Location||Ramsgate, South East|
|Activities||Lecturing, Practice-based research, Arts in health, Public art, Creative writing|
|Artforms||Environment, Glass, Public Art, Research, Text|
|Tags||Public Realm, Concrete, Glass, Text, Research, Digital, Contextual, Collaboration, Site Specific|