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Christopher Tipping – Practice Update

Tuesday 3rd May 2017

“This is what I do”…

Chatham Placemaking Project – Left to Right – Project Artists: Xtina Lamb, Christopher Tipping, Simon Williams, Rob Young

A review of current and recently completed works –

I am an experienced Artist working in Public Realm, Urban Regeneration and Healthcare environments for Local Authorities, NHS Trusts and the Private Sector.

My projects exhibit contrasting variations in scale, budgets and delivery programmes. They illustrate how I can creatively collaborate within and successfully contribute to a variety of multi-disciplinary teams working in diverse locations and communities.

What underpins my approach to every project however, is a passion for contextually driven creative research and site analysis with which to inform, influence or drive a project forward. What actually delivers the project thereafter is an ability and a desire to collaborate from the outset, respectful of and creatively responsive to the contribution of all members of a client group.

I want to be involved in projects which create spaces and places which resonate with the people who will ultimately use them and which enhances their personal enjoyment and experience of it.

Click on the project titles for links to more detailed information.

 

CHATHAM PLACEMAKING PROJECT Public Realm and Regeneration – Status: Ongoing

Commissioned by Medway Council & Network Rail

Francis Knight Art Consultants

LDA Design & Project Centre

T Loughman Building and Civil Engineering Contractor

Hardscape

Chatham Placemaking Project. Draft Magazine page for ‘A Circle of Words in a Military Square’.

Chatham Placemaking Project. Draft Magazine page for ‘St John’s Steps & Crossing’. Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

SOUTHAMPTON STATION QUARTER NORTH – Transport & Public Realm – Status: Completed

Commissioned by Southampton City Council and Balfour Beatty Living Places

CH2MHill Halcrow 

Balfour Beatty

Hardscape

Cornish Concrete Products

Michael Grubb Studios

Parose Projects

Southampton Station Quarter North – Frobisher House Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Southampton Station Quarter North – Station Forecourt. Image: Wilson Massie. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

HARRISON PARK, ORCHARD PARK, HULL – Extra Care Housing Scheme – digitally printed glazing vinyl and wall mounted work – Status: Ongoing

Commissioned by Riverside UK , Hull City Council & Wates Living Space 

RKL Public Art Consultants 

VGL – Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Croft Goode Architects

Re-Form Landscape Architects

Detail: Glazing Vinyl installation Harrison Park, Hall Rd, Hull Extra Care. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Detail: Glazing Vinyl installation Harrison Park, Hall Rd, Hull Extra Care. Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

LITTLEMORE MENTAL HEALTH CENTRE, OXFORD – Wenric Ward, digitally printed glazing vinyl – Status: Ongoing

Commissioned by Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust & Artscape 

Vinyl Graphics Ltd

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artwork for Wenric Ward, Littlemore Mental Health Unit, Oxford. Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

TAMESIDE NEW MACMILLAN UNIT  – Status: Completed

Commissioned by Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS

Willis Newson Arts & Health Consultancy 

IBI Group Architects Rochdale, UK 

KKE Architects

John Turner Construction Group

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering as seen through the laminated glazed screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit at Tameside Hospital – Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

KINGSBRIDGE LANE, SOUTHAMPTON – Public Realm project currently in development. An extension of the Southampton Station Quarter North Project – Status: Ongoing

Commissioned by Southampton City Council & Balfour Beatty Living Places

Hardscape

Kingsbridge Lane, Southampton. Draft sketch: Text embedded into basalt paving. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Kingsbridge Lane, Southampton. Draft Concept sketch: Stainless Steel screening wall with text. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Roy Moore & The Kent Photo Archive

I have been corresponding with Roy Moore for some time now. He has been an invaluable contact at The Kent Photo Archive

He has allowed me to use some archive images of Chatham from his own collection and some contemporary images of his too.

Here are a few of these –

Chatham Railway Station date unknown. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore

Chatham Railway Station date unknown. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore

Railway Street, Chatham looking towards the Brook Theatre (formerly the Town Hall). Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.

Railway Street, Chatham looking towards the Brook Theatre (formerly the Town Hall). Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.

Railway Street, Chatham. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Copyright Roy Moore.

Railway Street, Chatham. Image by permission of Kent Photo Archive. Copyright Roy Moore.

Railway Street, High Street, Military Road, Chatham, looking towards the Brook Theatre. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore

Railway Street, High Street, Military Road, Chatham, looking towards the Brook Theatre. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore

Sailors and Soldiers Welcome Home Establishment on Military Road, Chatham. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.

Sailors and Soldiers Welcome Home Establishment on Military Road, Chatham. By permission of Kent Photo Archive. Collection of Roy Moore.

It is said that this ‘Temperance’ establishment, built in 1877 providing accommodation and entertainment for Sailors and Soldiers, was built to help them avoid the ‘temptations’ available elsewhere in the Town.

 

18th June 2015 – Going Public – Bus Station Contextual

I recently posted a very long set of images which formed the basis for a research & contextual study I have produced for the Bus Station Project. I have now managed to sort out how to post a link here to the actual pdf document, which you can now view with much more clarity.

This pdf is only a part of the contextual research which has been done – but forms a good basis on which to reflect upon the influences and threads of research which have caught my attention. Much more work has been done since this was completed and I hope to post more images of draft and concept drawings and sketches very soon.

The first page of the pdf looks like this image below – so you will know you are on the right tracks!  Click here:

Christopher Tipping Bus Station Contextual

18-06-15 The lead page from the Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Contextual Research document by Christopher Tipping - Project Lead Artist

18-06-15 The lead page from the Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Contextual Research document by Christopher Tipping – Project Lead Artist

12th & 13th May 2015 – Capita and Council Meetings

Tuesday 12th and Wednesday 13th May 2015 -On Tuesday I travelled up to Cardiff from Ramsgate, Kent for a design meeting with Capita, the project architects.  I was accompanied by Simon Fenoulhet of  Celfwaith, who developed and is overseeing the Public Art Strategy for Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council along with Mererid Velios.  Great to have someone with his experience with whom to navigate the project !

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and contextual references. Image: Christopher Tipping

We discussed the draft development of the building and landscape and how the creative contextual research and analysis of  the site, which I have been doing in order ‘to influence the design process’  is becoming a part of the interpretive strategy for the building. Once this process becomes more involved and collaborative then I hope we will see some really interesting narratives and themes emerging. We are continually having to address the function of this site as a Bus Station and interchange and the demands it brings to the project. That notwithstanding, the interpretation and contextual needs and aspirations for this site have to be seriously considered.

Wednesday was our final team meeting before the presentation to the Design Commission For Wales scheduled for Thursday 21st May.

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and drafts. Image: Christopher Tipping

Merthyr Tydfil Bus Station Project. Artist sketchbook notes and drafts. Image: Christopher Tipping