With over 30 years’ experience, Chris Tipping has delivered meaningful and embedded public art concepts and placemaking outcomes for a wide range of clients. Working on large-scale urban public realm projects along with interior and exterior treatments for NHS Trusts, Tipping focusses intensely on place & identity.
A graduate of the Royal College of Art, Tipping’s creative output is expressed through a wide application, from 3D modelling building facades - a collaborative project with the National Oceanography Centre at Southampton Uni, to creating large-scale architectural glazing artworks for the new Hydrotherapy Unit at the RUH, Bath.
Interpretation of place and a strong contextual narrative are explored in a wide range of materials focussing on detail, material and craft skills.
Tipping is fascinated by the natural world, is passionate about animal welfare, drawing attention to the wonder of our natural world whilst raising awareness for some of the current challenges the planet faces. He is equally inspired by our built environment, how our communities develop and grow and the way we navigate & use our man-made spaces.
He was the Lead Artist on the award-winning Margate Flood and Coast Protection Scheme, more colloquially known as ‘Margate Steps’. He is currently working on the Rochester Riverside Project with Countryside Properties, FrancisKnight Art Consultants and BPTW Architects. Chris Tipping has worked widely within the NHS contributing to projects in Mental Health, Cancer and Oncology, Rheumatology Therapies and Neo-natal Intensive Care. Often working with clients for years at a time to deliver long-term regeneration and new-build strategies.
CV & Education
Qualifications and Training 1985 - MA Ceramics, Royal College of Art, London
COMMISSIONS & CONSULTANCIES
2020 - ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE - PHASE 3
2019 - WINCHESTER STATION PUBLIC REALM CONCEPT PROPOSAL
2019 - RNHRD & BROWNSWORD THERAPIES CENTRE, ROYAL UNITED HOSPITAL, BATH
2019 - RADIOTHERAPY UNIT, ROBERT WHITE CANCER CENTRE, DORCHESTER
2019 - ROCHESTER RIVERSIDE, ROCHESTER, KENT - PHASES 1 & 2
2018 - ROGALLO PLACE, ROCHESTER, KENT
2018 - CHATHAM PLACEMAKING PROJECT - PHASE 3 - MANUFACTURE & INSTALLATION
2017 - WENRIC WARD, LITTLEMORE METAL HEALTH CENTRE, OXFORD
Bespoke digitally printed glazing vinyl
Commissioned by Artscape for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
2017 - KINGSBRIDGE LANE – SOUTHAMPTON
Public Realm adjoining and extending the Southampton Station Quarter Scheme
Commissioned by Balfour Beatty Living Places & Southampton City Council
2017 - TAMESIDE MACMILLAN UNIT – ASHTON UNDER LYNE
Bespoke interiors & artworks inspired by a ‘Walk in the Tameside Landscape’.
Commissioned by Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Trust.
Macmillan Manchester and Willis Newson, IBI Group, KKE Architects, John Turner Construction Group
2017 - CHATHAM PLACEMAKING PROJECT – CHATHAM, KENT – PHASE 2
Phase 2 - Detailed Design of Public Realm Scheme – Pedestrian and Cyclist route from Chatham Station to the Town Centre
Commissioned by Francis Knight, Art Consultants on behalf of Medway Council & Network Rail
LDA Design, Project Centre, J Loughman Civil Engineering
2017 - HALL ROAD – HULL
65 bed Extra Care Residential Facility for Riverside Ltd. Digitally Printed Glazing Vinyl and bespoke Furniture / Cabinet in collaboration with Angus Ross Furniture and Wall Mounted works.
Commissioned by Riverside UK, Hull City Council and Wates Living Spaces and RKL Art Consultants
Croft Goode Architects, Re-Form Landscape Architects, VGL
2016 - STATION QUARTER NORTH – SOUTHAMPTON – PUBLIC REALM STAGE 3 - 2016
£4million public realm & transport interchange project. My role is to bring a contextual narrative to the project with which to influence the design outcomes. This is a multi phase project currently nearing completion on site.
Commissioned by Balfour Beatty Living Places & Southampton City Council. Contractor: BBLP. Specialist Concrete Pre-Cast: CCP. Bespoke Granite Artworks: Hardscape. Lighting Consultant: Michael Grubb Associates.
2015 - CHATHAM PLACEMAKING PROJECT – CHATHAM, KENT – PHASE 1
In September 2015 I was appointing as lead artist to work in collaboration with FrancisKnight Art Consultants and LDA Design to identify and scope creative public realm opportunities within Phase 1 of the strategic Chatham Placemaking Masterplan.
Commissioned by Francis Knight Art Consultants on behalf of Medway Council
2015 - WHITELEAF CENTRE, STAGE 2 - AYLESBURY
Additional artworks and installation of digitally printed wall coverings to patient ward areas.
Commissioned by Artscape for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust
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 - JUBILEE BUILDING 'Murmuration'- Musgrove Park Hospital. Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust , Taunton, Somerset
2014 - JUBILEE BUILDING Central Concourse Artwork '70 years on...' Musgrove Park Hospital, Taunton & Somerset NHS Foundation Trust, Taunton, Somerset
2014 - WHITELEAF HOSPITAL - Integrated artworks and wayfinding - A New Mental Health Hospital, Commissioned by Artscape: Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. Architects: Nightingale Associates. Contractors: Kier , Aylesbury
2014 - SHEFFIELD HALLAM UNIVERSITY COLLEGIATE CAMPUS - 'Heart of the Campus'. HLM Architects, Turner Townsend, Graham Construction, The Cutting Room, VGL Ltd.
2012 - 2014 - SOUTHAMPTON STATION QUARTER NORTH - Transport Interchange & Public Realm Strategy , Balfour Beatty Living Places & Southampton City Council, Southampton.
2012 - 2014 - OXFORD CANCER CENTRE, CHURCHILL HOSPITAL -'Under your shade' - Day Treatment Unit - . Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust, Oxford
2012 - 2013 - MARGATE FLOOD & COAST PROTECTION SCHEME - aka 'Margate Steps' - Interpretive & contextual concept & strategy commissioned by Thanet District Council & the Environment Agency. Marine Drive, Margate, Kent
2012 - WHT & T - Building Schools for the Future - '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 - THE DYSON CENTRE FOR NEO NATAL INTENSIVE CARE - 'Mille Fleur' - Architectural Glass Screen by tippinggoldsmith. Commissioned by the Royal United Hospital, Bath - Royal United Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Bath
2012 - NEW ENTRANCE BUILDIN - A draft concept and scoping study - Duchess Building Musgrove Park Hospital , Taunton Somerset
2010 - GUILDHALL SQUARE, SOUTHAMPTON - ‘Hiatus’, 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 - MINEHEAD COMMUNITY HOSPITAL - 'Coastal Reflections.....' tippinggoldsmith - A series of internal architectural 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 - HIGH STREET MAIDSTONE, KENT - The Celebrated Street: Animal Walk' - Commissioned as artist consultant to the project team to influence & inform the interpretation of the streetscape & public realm. Client: Maidstone Borough Council. Architects: Letts Wheeler. Contractor: Ringway. Granite Consultants: Hardscape
2009 - CARNIVAL HOUSE, SOUTHAMPTON - ‘Rossby Diptych - The Largest Longitude / Time Plot in the World' - Bespoke Cast concrete Rainscreen. Project Collaborators: National Oceanography Centre & Decomo Belgium. Commissioned by Development Securities Plc. Architects: Auckett Fitzroy Robinson. Contractors: Miller Construction. Elizabeth Smith, Public Art Officer for Southampton City Council.
2009 - COMBE DOWN STONE MINES PUBLIC ART PROJECT - '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 with Frances Lord and Steve Geliot Art Consultants. 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 - KEEPMOAT HOMES, HULL - '16 arc park' - 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 & Gateway, Hull City Councils Neighbourhood Regeneration Programme.
2009 - THEATRE AND CONFERENCE CENTRE - 'Hornsea Culture' 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 & Regional Development Agency Yorkshire Forward.
2009 - NEWTONS COVE WEYMOUTH - Newtown's Cove Footbridge. 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 - No 1 Guildhall - Atrium Glass Screen - Commissioned by Atlantic Property Developments Ltd. Architects: Capita Symonds. Contractors: Dawnus. Glass Consultants & Manufacturers: Fusion Glass Designs & Pilkingtons. Elizabeth Smith Public Art Officer Southampton City Council.
2008 - LONDON ROAD SOUTHAMPTON - ‘Void’ - Bespoke black terrazzo sexfoil seats with inset text. '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 with Elizabeth Smiht Public Art Officer. Bench collaborators & terrazzo manufacturers Pallam Precast Ltd
2004 - GUNPOWDER PARK, WALTHAM ABBEY, HERTFORDSHIRE - 'Boom Bang Boom'. , 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.