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Dr 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 My current research focuses on the role of artists in public life, through attention on exemplary practices (in particular the pioneering ecological artists Helen Mayer Harrison (1927-2018) and Newton Harrison (b.1932) ‘the Harrisons’) and through practice-led work as a producer/curator. I have been Producer for artists’ collaboration with researchers at James Hutton Institute, Rowett Institute, SRUC, NRI, Tyndall Centre, and in the context of the Valuing Nature Programme.
My work is policy and impact oriented, with a particular concern for how different disciplines and practices work together across distinct potentially incommensurable ways of knowing. This is particularly focused on the role of artists in environmental and landscape decision-making, understanding the ways that artists frame and conceptualise eco-centricity seeking to reposition the human within the ecological, including how to imagine societies which put back more than they take out of ecosystems. This has a pedagogical dimension which is common across eco-art (and design) practices where the work seeks to engage audiences and participants in new ways of understanding interdependency. It also has a significant policy dimension which I have been investigating through an examination of different approaches to time and temporality manifest in global environmental policy and in artists’ practices, particularly those engaged in ‘deep mapping’. I am currently researching the concept of adaptation as it features in policy discourses in parallel with an investigation into understandings of improvisation in arts practices.
Teaching and Learning Currently Responsible for Critical and Contextual Studies for the Masters Programme.
Supervising Undergraduate Dissertations
Also taught on Contemporary Art Practice on all Stages
Scopus Author ID 36674954300