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Decoration for the Hydrotherapy Pool Glazing …hello deer !

I imagined an abstracted landscape as a positive  way of encapsulating all that has inspired my commission for the Hydrotherapy Pool glazed screens. (There are approximately 46sqm of glass combined in both screens).

Both Hospital sites were originally set in and adjacent to open fields and expansive views of countryside. Easy to imagine then how beneficial this must have been to those patients and staff who experienced this.

It is now commonly understood that exposure to natural spaces, planting and nature within medical and healing environments is of great benefit and assists in the recovery and positive experience of patients and staff alike.

Deer with Roman pattern. Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

This glass landscape is populated with recognisable motifs, such as flowers, deer and trees, woven together with abstract forms and repeating patterns. Local landmarks such as Kelston Round Hill also feature, as do references to the architectural decoration and built heritage of The Min and its archaic Roman Mosaics. However, the most visible motif perhaps is water, and more explicitly, the gestural movement of water as shaped by those taking treatment in the Hydrotherapy Pool. A shape made in water informed by the movement of a hand or leg. Abstractions of steam or mist appear to hover in this landscape. Water is contained within a bowl or pool. An elegant but dynamic abstract splash of water drifts across the whole of the East Screen. The connection to hot springs and flowing waters has shaped Bath into the World Heritage Site we see today.

I have been so impressed with the positivity and care of the medical staff delivering these services, I wanted to evoke this caring nature with visual clues within the work, which may express this. Growing flowers and creating gardens is a nurturing vocation. Water is an elemental part of this.  Historically, The Min was built upon the grounds of the first Theatre in Bath, and the later extension built upon the formal gardens of Rectory House. Adjacent to the ChapeI at the rear of The Min is a small but lovely garden. Also in Bath, Gibbes Garden was a 15th Century apothecary garden growing medicinal herbs.

Combe Park had formerly been the site of the Bath War Hospital built in 1916 to provide beds and medical services for WW1 Casualties. There was a small pond and a stream ran nearby. Patients and staff were encouraged to grow and maintain flower gardens & were rewarded with prizes.

I was offered a session at the Hydrotherapy Pool at The Min as a way of understanding a little more about the impact of water as a treatment. I am not a patient – I cannot experience this as many do on a daily basis, not I am I in the process of healing or tempering acute conditions. Patients vary from those with lifelong conditions, such as Ankylosing spondylitis and others suffering from chronic pain, to physiotherapy in the pool following operations or broken limbs.  All I can aim for is to add to the interior space with something visually interesting / beautiful / stimulating to this brand-new environment, which makes the experience for both staff and patients a pleasant and perhaps an intriguing one.

The following images make up the final draft artwork approved for production by the RUH. The Magenta/Pink colour is used to indicate clear/fully transparent glazing with no artwork. White represents sandblasting and / or Ceramic Etch techniques. All other colour is created using Screen-printed Ceramic Colour fired onto the glass. The artwork is applied to the two inner faces of a double glazed sealed unit. There is a subtle overlaying of motifs, which means that the artwork is slightly different as seen from the interior, than the exterior. These drafts are created initially via hand drawing and assembled and finished in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.

Final Master Draft for the North and East Glazed Screens. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing colour & patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Final Master Draft for the East Glazed Screen. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Final Master Draft for the East Glazed Screen detail 4. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Final Master Draft for the East Glazed Screen detail 3. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Iris drawing. Research drawings developing motifs and patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Final Master Draft for the East Glazed Screen detail 2. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Donkey with pattern. Research Images developing motifs & patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Orange. Research Images developing motifs, patterns & colours from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Final Master Draft for the North Glazed Screen detail 1. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Final Master Draft for the North Glazed Screen detail 2. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Final Master Draft for the North Glazed Screen detail 3. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft 16 Foil shape with Foxgloves. Research drawings developing motifs & patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

RUH Hydrotherapy Pool Artwork – What am I doing?

Drawing drafts for moving water and gestural motifs developing patterns from research at the RNHRD and RUH Hydrotherapy Units. Artist: Christopher Tipping

There are many threads of research and interest which have influenced the development and visual narrative of the artwork. The following notes and lists are from my own notebooks, where I  made records of research sessions and information which struck me as inspirational. 

The Mineral Water Hospital, affectionately known as The Min, was built in 1742 & overlooked open, ‘quiet fields’ and countryside. The Hospital was constructed on the site of Bath’s first Theatre of 1705, by the Architect George Trim, whose Mother was, apparently the sister of the Kings Architect, Inigo Jones. The theatre was demolished 1738.

This theatrical & dramatic connection has influenced the concept of using the glazed Hydrotherapy screens as inspirational painted backdrops – a way of creatively setting the scene within the new space & enhancing the experience of staff and patients using the Pool.

In 1859, with great ceremony, the foundation stone was laid for a new hospital building adjacent to the original site and built upon the grounds of a ‘large formal garden belonging to the Parsonage of St Peter Paul Parish’. This garden is shown on the John Speed map of 1610.

The new Royal United Hospital was built in open fields at Combe Park in 1932 (having moved from central Bath). Combe Park had formerly been the site of the Bath War Hospital built in 1916 to provide beds and medical services for WW1 Casualties. There was a small pond and a stream ran nearby. Patients and staff were encouraged to grow and maintain flower gardens & were rewarded with prizes.

Aerial view of the RUH sitting amidst green fields circa 1932 having moved to this site at Weston Manor from the centre of Bath. Image by kind permission of Bath in Time and Bath War Hospital at the RUH.

In the Building Report on The Mineral Water Hospital, by The House Historians, March 2006, there is a detailed report on The Chapel, (now the home of Bath Medical Museum)and its architectural decorations.

This mentions a number of plants seen in carvings, stained glass and other architectural details, which are wonderfully useful in referencing the legacy of The Min, when it finally closes its doors to move to the RUH site:

Ivy

Oak

Water Buttercup

Wild Poppy

Fig

Vines

White Lilies

Passion Flower

Pomegranate

Hyssop

 

Colour and pattern used within the stained glass is also influential. Patterns are influenced by the architectural decoration and tiling of The Min Chapel.

Various hydrotherapy treatments, methods and equipment as described as being newly installed in 1915 following extensive alterations, are also very evocative and inspire some abstract interpretation within my creative narrative.

 

Deep Baths

Aix and Vichy Douches

Scotch and Needle Douches

Reclining and Vapour Baths

Radiant Heat Baths

Sulpher Baths of Potassium Sulphide

Mineral Water Baths

Whirlpool Bath

Hubbard Tank to treat the entire body simultaneously

 

‘A Vichy Massage required the patient to stand on a rubber covered slab whilst showered with jets of hot mineral water. The needle bath was a circular shower with an array of horizontal pipes which sprayed fine jets of water’.

Descriptions of the Coat of Arms for the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases – to give The Min its formal & proper title, is a useful source of colour references, decorative motifs, plants, animals and their meaning.

Black

White for truth, sincerity, peace, innocence and purity

Green

Blue

Purple

Circlet of Fountains

Foxglove

Hares

Meadow Saffron

I like the colour of evening sky, that particular shade of indigo blue.

Water is by turns fluid and abstract, vaporous & ephemeral, contained within many shapes – rivers, ponds, streams, pools, baths, glasses & oceans – any number of vessels.

My creative approach is making connections between place & historic legacy, hydrotherapy practice and an imaginary landscape, which may be conjured up whilst being treated in the pool & feeling the benefits of floating & exercising, whilst being supported by warm water and the care and assistance and encouragement of staff.

‘This hospital was to be entirely self-funded, and even before the hospital was built the raising of monies for it began in earnest. Bath’s Master of Ceremonies, Richard Beau Nash arranged balls and collected subscriptions; wills, donations and even bequests of a diamond, and 1,000 oranges, contributed to the coffers. The list of donors reads like a Who’s Who of 18th century Bath society. Those who donated £40 or more were invited to become a hospital governor, including the artist William Hoare and the actor David Garrick’.

https://thebathmagazine.co.uk/finding-the-cure/

 

 

Map on framed canvas. Mrs. Oliver inscribed on reverse. Showing location of Weston Manor prior to incorporation into Royal United Hospital. Image: By kind permission Bath War Hospital at the RUH

This Estate Map above – date unknown – shows the private estate of Weston Manor before the RUH incorporated it into its site in the 20th Century.

‘The hospital moved to its present site, Combe Park, on 11 December 1932. The site had previously been used for the large First World War Bath War Hospital which opened in 1916. In November 1919 it was renamed the Bath Ministry of Pensions Hospital, which it remained until it closed in 1929.

The site was also used by the Forbes Fraser Hospital and the Bath and Wessex Orthopaedic Hospital, both founded in 1924 and which merged into the RUH about 1980. The former manor house on the site, originally medieval but remodelled in the 18th century, became an administrative building. The building is a Grade II* listed building due to its fine Adam style interior’. Wikipedia

Image: Early Draft artwork for North & East Screens. March 2018 RUH HYDROTHERAPY. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the North Screen of the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Draft Artworks: Interior detailing explored for the East Screen of the Hydrotherapy Pool – new Therapies Unit, RUH, Bath. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images from the RNHRD, The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images from the RNHRD, The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images from the RNHRD, Roman Mosaic from the basement excavations of The Min Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping

Research Images developing patterns from research at the RNHRD, including The Min Chapel. Artist: Christopher Tipping




 

Hydrotherapy Pool, Royal United Hospital, Bath – new Therapies Centre

Draft Artwork: Interior with architectural glazed screens – Christopher Tipping

External draft artwork detail of the Hydrotherapy Pool. Image: Christopher Tipping

I was commissioned by Art at the Heart of the RUH in December 2017 to create artwork in response to the architectural glazing in the Hydrotherapy Pool room at the new Therapies Centre for the Royal United Hospital, Bath. These architectural glass panels are floor to ceiling glazed apertures with a combined 46.40 sq m of glass. I am working in collaboration with PROTO GLASS STUDIOS, Architectural Glass Decorators.

The project is being delivered by Kier Construction Ltd with Architects IBI Group

We have also been engaged with a large group of stakeholders, including staff and service users, some of whom have been are lifelong patients at the RNHRD & RUH. This is an ongoing process and we are taking everyone on the journey with us.

‘FLOW’

“Flow is active. It is not just the water, but it is the way our muscles are warmed and released, allowing blood to flow more freely. It is the freedom from stiffness of joints, when even a centimetre gained is a big triumph. It is active horizontally and not vertically. My spine is fully arthrosed and I cannot turn my head. This is a fundamental problem for AS patients and one of the big exercises in the pool and the gym is trying to turn and look over your shoulder without moving your body. That is flow. It is horizontal”. George Odam RNHRD Lifelong Patient with Ankylosing spondylitis (AS), speaking about his personal journey and experience of hydrotherapy treatment in 2017.

The Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases (RNHRD) and The Brownsword Therapies Centre (BTC)

The new RNHRD and BTC will be built close to the main entrance of the Royal United Hospital or RUH; it will be an outpatient centre providing treatment, care and education for patients to recover from episodes of illness or injury, or to manage their long-term condition. The new building will house many of the services currently located at the RNHRD (also known as The Mineral Hospital/ The Min) and the existing RUH therapies and pain management services located in RUH North, under one roof. The Centre will create a centralised and integrated space for staff to work collaboratively, delivering a holistic and patient-centred approach to care.

Old Hydrotherapy Pool, RUH Bath. Image: Christopher Tipping

Hydrotherapy Pool at The Royal Mineral Water Hospital, RNHRD, Bath, 2018. Image:Christopher Tipping

Rubber Ducks at the Hydrotherapy Pool at The Royal Mineral Water Hospital, RNHRD, Bath, 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

Objects at the Hydrotherapy Pool at The Royal Mineral Water Hospital, RNHRD, Bath, 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Bath. Image: Christopher Tipping

Pediment of the Royal Mineral Water Hospital, Bath, aka The Min 2018. Image: Christopher Tipping

The Min, as the RNHRD is affectionately known, has a small Medical Museum situated in the Old Chapel.  It is a fascinating collection and curated and managed by a small group of dedicated and enthusiastic people, who allowed me access to the photographic Archives. This was very much appreciated.

‘In 2012 the Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases [The Mineral Hospital] opened a small museum to showcase their collection. Now, with the imminent closure of the hospital in the centre of Bath, our museum has been granted custody of the Collection of the Min, which includes records dating back to the 1740s, artefacts, the paintings and other pieces of art from around the Hospital, memorabilia, and photographs relating to rheumatology, medicine and pharmacy’

A Hubbard Tank was used for entire body treatments in Hydrotherapy. Image: Copyright & by kind permission of Bath Medical Museum, RNHRD

Patient taking a Nauheim effervescent bath, date unknown – Image: Copyright & by kind permission of Bath Medical Museum, RNHRD

Vichy spray massage treatment. Date unknown – Image: Copyright & by kind permission of Bath Medical Museum, RNHRD

Brass identity medallions worn by patients in the 18th Century. Image: Copyright & by kind permission of Bath Medical Museum, RNHRD

 

 

A different view …

Some brilliant new images of my project for the new Macmillan Unit at Tameside & Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust  have come to light. It is always refreshing to see how others see your work & the space it was created for. In this instance I was very kindly given permission by Mike Hearle, European Digital Marketing Manager for Construction Specialties – to use images from their website. Construction Specialities supplied and installed the solid timber handrails running through the unit.  Take a look …the artwork was digitally printed and installed by VGL. The project was delivered by IBI Group Architects and Willis Newson, the UK’s leading arts and health consultancy.

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit. Artwork by Christopher Tipping. Image by kind permission of Construction Specialities

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Part 2

The Chemotherapy Treatment Room. During my last visit to site on 13th March 2017 – I was really interested to see how the creative concept for the project had been applied in the Chemotherapy Treatment Room – a state of the art, 6 chair Chemotherapy Suite.

The artwork was to be applied to the adjustable privacy screens adjacent to each chair. The work forms a continuous landscape, divided into 6 sections, which will be continually re-arranged to present new combinations as the screens are used throughout the day.

These screens were manufactured and installed by Kwickscreen. 

The Christie Hospital has also launched a 3 day a week chemotherapy service at the new £1.8m Macmillan Unit.

Tameside Macmillan Unit.  Willis Newson. IBI Group Architects. John Turner Construction Group

 

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the Chemotherapy Suite at the New Macmillan Unit, showing artwork applied to the privacy screens. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

 

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Part 1

I made my last visit to site on 13th March 2017 – to see the artworks fully installed. The interiors throughout the new unit are all completed, fully furnished and operational and the first clinics were to be held the very next day. Tameside Macmillan Unit  Willis Newson

No more words – only images –

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

Interior detail of the New Macmillan Unit, showing the main corridor bespoke wallcovering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering & timber handrail. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering & solid timber handrail. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering & solid timber handrail. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the main corridor bespoke wall covering. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Interior of the New Macmillan Unit, showing a detail of the external glazing artworks. Project Artist: Christopher Tipping

Main Corridor Artwork … nearly there !

17th January 2017

New Macmillan Unit for Tameside& Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

I know that this has been a rather long session of recent postings – but I am in ‘catch-up’ mode and before the new unit opens I wanted to get as much of the project documented, so bear with me if you can !

Detail: digitally printed large scale corridor Wallcovering. New Macmillan Unit. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

By far the most visible of the installations being delivered is the large scale bespoke ‘landscape’ running the length of the new corridor space. This artwork is not a linear narrative, so can be experienced from whatever direction you are walking in. It isn’t a conventional landscape either, with a foreground, horizon and expansive sky. It may have elements of this about it – BUT, the original walk I made with Stewart Ramsden into the Landscape of Tameside was only the beginning of a creative process and the development of a descriptive iconography which could help to tell a story about a journey.

Detail: digitally printed large scale corridor Wallcovering. New Macmillan Unit. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Close up detail: digitally printed large scale corridor Wallcovering. New Macmillan Unit. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

The artwork was developed, manufactured and installed by VGL Ltd. The work is printed onto Dreamscape Suede Wallcovering which has a Poly Cotton fabric backing.

The design work was extensively sampled, with sample installations being carried out at the Hospital –  as you can see from the following images. Where necessary the design was then tweaked to fit following comments before finally being approved for full printing and manufacture.

Main Corridor to the New Macmillan Unit by IBI Group Architects prior to the installation of the artworks. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

The detail strips of artwork , shown here in red, were to be sample printed by VGL at full scale for discussion and approval. Image: Christopher Tipping

The detail strips of artwork , shown here in red, were to be sample printed by VGL at full scale for discussion and approval. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Full scale strip samples of the corridor wallcovering arrived at the studio for review. Image: Christopher Tipping

Following approval of the strip samples, a full scale print run started and was installed on site for further comment and review / approval.

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Gareth Llewellyn

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Installation of the full scale corridor artwork begins on site. Image: Bronwen Gwillim

Designs for production…

Monday 16th January 2017

We decided to keep the development and manufacture of the detailed site-specific artwork for the unit under wraps to allow for further consultation, production development and sampling etc. Since the last post 8 months ago now, things have really moved on!

Following design approvals and sign-off at the end of April 2016, we embarked on the detailed design work for production with VGL and other specialist contractors and suppliers.

We are collaborating with VGL on a broad range of digital designs, including a large scale polychrome bespoke Wallcovering to the Main Corridor and print-white Glazing Vinyls to the external glazing frames. VGL are further assisting us in the supply of digital production files for:

Laminated Glazed Screens being manufactured by The Printed Film Co 

Retractable Privacy Screens for the Chemotherapy Treatment Room, being manufactured and supplied by Kwickscreen.

The following images show some of this process, including building works, sampling and sample site-installations, testing the ideas. Many thanks to Architects IBI Group  and Main Contractors John Turner 

 

One that got away ! …Early drafts for undeveloped SuperGraphic signage / railing detail.

Draft for SuperGraphic signage / railing for the Macmillan Unit entrance by Christopher Tipping.

 

Draft for SuperGraphic signage / railing for the Macmillan Unit entrance by Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping / IBI Group Architects

Michael Hughes of IBI Group – our Project Architect, has however designed a brilliant new canopy entrance feature – not sure I can show that one just yet ! – but will get an image asap !

A large vocabulary of individual landscape inspired elements were developed for the project, using documentary photographs taken on my walk with Stewart & further drawings and studies made in the studio.

List of vector images and iconography developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Colour iconography / elements developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

As per usual in my practice, some of this iconography is part of a common language of ideas which appear throughout my work – some are original to this project, some may find their way into the next project. Some have migrated from a previous project. This is my original ‘handwriting’, and may offer clues to the driving elements which fuel my approach to any work.

Individual coloured iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Individual coloured iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Individual coloured landscape inspired iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

How to make a DREAM STREAM – Individual coloured landscape inspired iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

How to make A44.’DREAM STREAM’ – rules on creating an Individual coloured landscape inspired iconography / element developed for the new Tameside Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Study for REEDS – Individual iconography / inspired by Tameside Landscape, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Study for PLOUGH PATTERN – Individual iconography / inspired by Tameside Landscape, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Study for A66. LARGE GRITSTONE – Individual iconography / inspired by Tameside Landscape, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

Screenshot of Bespoke Corridor WallCovering Production Artwork v1, inspired by a walk in the landscape of Tameside, developed for the New Macmillan Unit by Project Artist Christopher Tipping. Image: Christopher Tipping

 

Tameside Macmillan Unit Arts Group Meeting

27th April 2016 – Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Ashton Under Lyne

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Detail: Draft Colourways Artwork for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Detail: Draft Colourways Artwork for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

On Wednesday this week I attended a meeting of the project Arts Group to present the research, creative concept & draft development of the artwork for the TMU – Tameside Macmillan Unit. The pdf can be viewed via this link:

27th April 2016 TMU Draft Artwork Review

“Chris’ designs were presented to patient and staff representatives yesterday and were very well received.  People felt they were really true to the original concept and Stewart Ramsden, the patient representative who took Chris on the walk was especially pleased.  He felt the layers of detail offered repeated rewards for patients needing to return to the centre again and again. He also liked the semi abstract nature of the work which allowed people to find their own interpretation whilst still being very evocative of familiar local places”. Bronwen Gwillim – Creative Director Willis Newson

The project was also featured online this week by Building Better Healthcare. 

Some of the images from the pdf and the meeting are posted below –

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft Artwork for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft Artwork for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Detail: Draft Artwork 1 of 3 for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Detail: Draft Artwork 1 of 3 for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Detail: Draft Artwork 2 of 3 for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Detail: Draft Artwork 2 of 3 for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Detail: Draft Artwork 3 of 3 for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Detail: Draft Artwork 3 of 3 for the Circulation Corridor Wall. Image: Project Artist Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft development - Ink Drawing of Wild Garlic. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft development – Ink Drawing of Wild Garlic. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft development - Ink Drawing of Reeds. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft development – Ink Drawing of Reeds. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft development - Ink Drawing of Branch with leaves. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft development – Ink Drawing of Branch with leaves. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft development - Drawing of Gritsone. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft development – Drawing of Gritsone. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft development - Abstract Drawing of Field Pattern. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft development – Abstract Drawing of Field Pattern. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft Stage Art Group  Review Meeting.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft Stage Art Group Review Meeting. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft Stage Art Group  Review Meeting.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft Stage Art Group Review Meeting. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft Stage Art Group  Review Meeting.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft Stage Art Group Review Meeting. Image: Christopher Tipping

Stewart Ramsden is a member of the TMU Art Group as a Patient Representative. Stewart also happens to be the President of the Tameside Ramblers. He accompanied me on the 12 mile walk in Tameside, which has been the inspiration for this project. Bronwen Gwillim is Creative Director at Willis Newson and is leading on the Arts and Interior Strategy for the Trust.

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft Stage Art Group  Review Meeting.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft Stage Art Group Review Meeting. Image: Christopher Tipping

TMU Art Group members left to right – Sarah Lowiss Haematology Cancer Specialist Nurse, Michael Hughes Project Architect IBI Group & Gareth Llewellyn Capital Projects Manager for the Trust –

Tameside Macmillan Unit - Draft Stage Art Group  Review Meeting.  Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Macmillan Unit – Draft Stage Art Group Review Meeting. Image: Christopher Tipping

The meeting also covered the proposals for colour, fabrics and finishes for the Interiors of the building, which is being delivered by Michael Hughes, IBI Group Project Architect. I am also consulting with Olivia Kirk of Olivia Kirk Gardens who is designing the external courtyard finishes and planting scheme. It is an interesting collaborative process – as I am responding to and being inspired by their proposals for colour, texture and materials, whilst my draft artwork is also influencing the colour field and aesthetic for the project.

 

 

 

Tameside Macmillan Unit

Thursday 10th March 2016

In February I was appointed as artist to the Tameside Macmillan Unit project.

The commission was offered by Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Macmillan Cancer Environments.

Willis Newson, one of the UK’s leading Arts and Health Consultancies, are managing the arts and interior design strategy and artist appointment for the project.

‘Tameside Macmillan Unit is a medium sized refurbishment project at Tameside General Hospital in Ashton-under-Lyne, near Manchester. Building on existing facilities provided by the Trust and Macmillan for cancer patients, the new unit will include a Macmillan Information and Support Centre, a 6 chair treatment room, waiting areas, procedure rooms and various spaces for alternative therapies’. Text from Artist’s Brief by Willis Newson

Work is due to start on site in March/April 2016 and due to be completed in September/October 2016.

An integrated approach to art, architecture and design is being delivered by Michael Hughes of IBI Architects supported by KKE Architects delivering landscape design.

 

Christopher Tipping at top of Wild Bank, Tameside. 399m above Sea Level. Image: Stewart Ramsden

Christopher Tipping at top of Wild Bank, Tameside. 399m above Sea Level. Image: Stewart Ramsden

This is me at the top of Wild Bank, Tameside, the highest point on my 12 mile walk with Stewart Ramsden, a member of the project Arts Steering Group, supporting and championing the project – and also Chairman of the Tameside Ramblers. 

‘A consultation workshop was held with patient, family and staff representatives to explore opportunities for the art, interiors and courtyard design. The session used creative activities to explore the group members’ personal experience and coping strategies and to identify common themes. Participants shared an appreciation of the value of ‘walking in nature’ as a healing experience and the beauty of the landscapes of Tameside: it was agreed that “Journeys through the Landscapes of Tameside” would provide a good overarching theme’. Text from Artist’s Brief by Willis Newson

It was decided that, due to time concerns and programme, I would base the creative response to the project broadly on a two day visit to meet with unit staff and service users, project architect Michael Hughes of IBI Group, Bronwen Gwillim of Willis Newson & Gareth Llewellyn, Capital Project Manager for the Trust. This was an opportunity for me simply to listen and hear about how cancer services were delivered to patients and how key factors affect that experience and how the environment can really make a difference. We also had a tour of the site – see some images to follow – and a detailed review with the architect of all plans for the work. At the end of Day 1, I walked into Ashton-Under-Lyne, to better understand the setting of the hospital and the community it serves.