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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 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.

 

 

 

12 miles in 6 hours – Part One – 09.30am to 10.52am

Saturday 27th February 2016

This is the day for our big walk ! Stewart Ramsden is walking with me – he knows the area so well and has done this walk may times – often leading groups in his capacity as Chair of the Tameside Ramblers ! This is one of Stewart’s ‘Ramtrails’!

Our walk will take in Wild Bank and Hollingworthall Moor from Godley.

The weather is overcast and grey, very cold, with a possibility of rain / sleet. I really don’t care. I am so looking forward to this. Everything is new to me – even my hiking boots and weatherproof jacket. We set off from Stewart’s home at around 09.30am.

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

The first view of Wild Bank in the distance !

Crossing the M67 - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Crossing the M67 – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

A sign of things to come - very wet, very muddy ! Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

A sign of things to come – very wet, very muddy ! Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Passing Farm Buildings - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Passing Farm Buildings – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Landmarks and details. Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Landmarks and details. Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Into a wooded Dell - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Into a wooded Dell – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Signs of Spring - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Signs of Spring – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

A landmark tree - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

A landmark tree – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Footpath Footpath ! - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Footpath Footpath ! – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Last year's grasses - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Last year’s grasses – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Marsh and flood - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Marsh and flood – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Molehills – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Over the golf Course - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Over the golf Course – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.30am - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.30am – Stalybridge Celtic Football Ground – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.31am - Down the narrow path by Inglewood Coach House - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.31am – Down the narrow path by Inglewood Coach House – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.32am - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.32am – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.33am - It's like we are in someone's garden ! Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.33am – It’s like we are in someone’s garden ! Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ashes Cottage built 1717 - its been on the telly ! - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Ashes Cottage built 1717 – its been on the telly ! – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

...and via a bit of suburbia - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

…and via a bit of suburbia – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.45am - Finally we hit the Farmers' Fields and open countryside. We didn't break the fence ! Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

10.45am – Finally we hit the farmer’s fields and open countryside. We didn’t break the fence ! The farmer was muck-spreading – the air was very ripe ! Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Farm, Horses, Chickens - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

White Farm, Horses, Ponies, Chickens – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Colour ! - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Colour ! – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Colourful assemblage ! - Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit - Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping

Colourful assemblage ! – Tameside Hospital New Macmillan Unit – Art Project Research Walk. Image: Christopher Tipping