Ginkgo Projects is an independent public art and cultural producer.
Our philosophy is driven by a desire to create vision and experience led opportunities for artists and creative practitioners to work closely with clients, design teams and communities to build and reveal an authentic sense of narrative, place and distinctiveness within both urban and rural environments.
We deliver projects, both large and small scale, from inception to completion. We work as team members, to connect people with place through taking a holistic approach to strategy development, cultural partnership building, art curation and public realm design to produce projects that are distinctive and memorable.
Our clients include developers, local authorities, landscape and architectural practices and environmental and arts organisations. We create real opportunities for clients and artists to produce innovative work appropriate to the context, whether this is a new building or public space, work that is integrated into a space, stand-alone work or exhibition.
We work closely with our sister company Wide Open, an arts production social enterprise based in Scotland sharing and developing research based creative projects. (www.wide-open.net)
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Studies and development plans
Ginkgo undertakes feasibility studies and development plans for a wide range of projects involving artists and the built/natural environment. We often engage artists and curators as part of the study development process. This practice-based engagement ensures the development of grounded and creative solutions.
- Feasibility studies and commissioning strategies
- Programme research, development and implementation
- Funding strategy / development
- Project assessment / development
Our project managers are often seconded to Local Authorities and public institutions to work over the medium term to develop a programme of art in public activities.
Project development and implementation
We work with clients and artists in a range of different ways and art forms to bring creativity into new or existing buildings or public spaces to develop a sense of place and identity. We seek to develop projects that will promote the values of the client or building environment through art, so creating a new and perhaps unexpected cultural perspective.
Activities may include:
- Managing the process of involving an artist within a design team
- Project curation and creative direction
- Artist selection and management
- Stakeholder consultation
- Budget management
- Contract management
- Managing the process of design development and
- Community consultation.
- Project documentation and promotion
- Managing the process of design development and community consultation
- Exhibition management
Tom founded Ginkgo Projects in 2001 after having led the arts charity Independent Public Arts. Originally a landscape architect he broadened his practice to encompass the pioneering concepts of linking cultural planning and placemaking in the mid 1990’s. He has wide and grounded experience in generating and leading creative projects that integrate art and creativity as a key element of environmental, architectural and regenerative schemes.
Tom has undertaken a range of advocacy activities including lecturing at Glasgow School of Art and the University of Plymouth, providing assessment advice on public art to various public bodies and has been recently appointed as a panel member for the Bristol Urban Design Forum.
Sophie joined Ginkgo in 2003 having worked in contemporary arts education especially within the National Galleries of the Scottish Education Team and at Stills gallery. In addition to managing a portfolio of projects particularly within the commercial sector, she is expanding our strategic working practice into new areas of developing projects to bring business and cultural interests together through exhibition and arts led activities. Sophie is Chair of Spike Island Print Studio.
Jan manages Ginkgo’s public art curation activities in Southern Scotland. Jan combines her project management and development activities with her continued role as a visual artist with a particular interest in the environmental art movement, leading on to her gaining a practice led PHD in environmental art at Sunderland University. She studied sculpture at Grays School of Art in Aberdeen and read for an MPhil in Public Art and Design at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee. Jan taught 3D design and visual studies at Newcastle College for 10 years.
Jane has wide experience and knowledge of the cultural sector. She has curated and managed both for private and public contemporary art galleries, worked in visual art and craft development and instigated and managed successful regional cultural events. She has an excellent knowledge of contemporary visual art and craft and has advised on this subject on discussion and assessment panels including those for the Scottish Arts Council. She has an excellent track record in fundraising, arts marketing and economic regeneration through visual art and craft.
Chris Fremantle joined the Ginkgo team in 2010 taking responsibility for the New South Glasgow Hospitals project and contributing to other arts and health work. Chris has a long term involvement with public art, particularly focused on the environment, going back to his time as Director of the Scottish Sculpture Workshop. He is a part time Senior Research Fellow with On The Edge at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen and an Honorary Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee.