Approved: 01.10.2008

Christopher Tipping

Artist, Consultant, Researcher

Approved: 01.10.2008

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

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    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.


    CV & Education

    Qualifications and Training 1985 - MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London


    Artist Talks

    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

    2014 - Central Chelmsford 'Burgess Springs' - Chelmsford. Making places - creative interpretation strategy & embedded works to celebrate the life of Anne Knight of Chelmsford within the public spaces of this large development for Genesis Housing Association. 

    2104 - Bicester Community Hospital -  Glazed screen artworks to ward rooms. Architects: Nightingale, Developer: Kajima, Contractor: Mansell Construction. Specialist artwork in collaboration with Guardian Glazing Ltd

    2014 - 'Murmuration', New Surgical Jubilee Building, Musgrove Park Hospital. Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust , Taunton, Somerset

    2014  - Central Concourse Artwork, Jubilee Building - New Surgical - Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton, Somerset

    2014 - Whiteleaf Hospital - Glazing screen artworks for identity and place. A New Mental Health Hospital, Commissioned by Artscape: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Architects: Nightingale Associates. Contractors: Kier , Aylesbury

    2014 - The Heart of the Campus - A new building for Sheffield Hallam University Collegiate Campus, HLM Architects, Turner Townsend, Graham Construction, The Cutting Room, VGL Ltd. 

    2012 -  2014 - Southampton Station Quarter North Project : Transport Interchange & Public Realm Strategy , Balfour Beatty Living Places & Southampton City Council, Southampton. Phase 1 works are currently on site. 

    2012 - 2014 - 'Under Your Shade', DTU Day Treatment Unit - Oxford Cancer Centre, Churchill Hospital . Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford

    2012 - 2013 -  'Margate Steps' - Sea Defence Project, Margate. Interpretive & contextual concept & strategy commissioned by Thanet District Council & the Environment Agency., Marine Drive, Margate, Kent

    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 - '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 - New Entrance Building, Duchess Building Musgrove Park Hospital , Taunton Somerset

    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 - 2104 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.