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Christopher Fremantle

Biography Chris Fremantle is Research Fellow and Lecturer at Gray’s School of Art. He works as a producer of public art and design projects, a writer/editor in particular on ecoartscotland.net. In 2015 he was invited by the Culture Network of the Ramsar Intergovernmental Convention on Wetlands to Chair their Art Focus Group.

Several projects Chris has produced have won significant arts awards. ‘Place of Origin,’ a ‘landscape as art’ work in Aberdeenshire by John Maine, Brad Goldberg and Glen Onwin received a Saltire Award in 2007. ‘Greenhouse Britain: Losing Ground, Gaining Wisdom,’ the project by the pioneers of the ecoart movement Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison (the Harrisons) received the first Nick Reeves Art and Environment Award in 2010, and the ‘Land Art Generator Glasgow’ project received the award jointly in 2016 with ecoartscotland. The NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s new Stobhill Hospital, which Chris project managed in support of Lead Artist Thomas A Clark, won seven major awards including Prime Minister’s Award Better Public Building 2010.

Chris has worked on 7 different art and therapeutic design projects for hospitals (NHS Ayrshire and Arran’s new Woodland View; NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s Queen Elizabeth University Hospital and Royal Hospital for Children (with Ginkgo Projects); NHSGGC’s new Victoria Hospital, new Stobill Hospital and new Gartnavel Hospital; NHS Dumfries & Galloway’s new Royal Infirmary (with Wide Open); NHS Lothian’s new Royal Hospital for Children, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Department of Clinical Neurosciences (with Ginkgo Projects).
Research Interests The role of artists in public life in particular in relation to environments and healthcare.
Ecoart practices including pioneering ecological artists Helen Mayer Harrison (1927-2018) and Newton Harrison (b.1932) ‘the Harrisons’)
Social practice focused forms of shared of authorship demonstrated by artists, particularly working in healthcare and environment contexts.
Multi-/Inter-/Transdisciplinarity theory and practice including artists’ collaboration with researchers at James Hutton Institute, Rowett Institute, SRUC, NRI, Tyndall Centre, and in the context of the Valuing Nature Programme.
Role of artists in environmental and landscape decision-making
Pedagogies across eco-art (and design) practices where the work seeks to engage audiences and participants.
Adaptation in relation to improvisation in arts practices.
Teaching and Learning Contemporary Art Practice Studio programme
Critical and Contextual Studies (supervising Undergraduate Dissertations)
Contribution to Masters programme.
Scopus Author ID https://www.scopus.com/authid/detail.uri?authorId=36674954300
Je-S ID 156107