Ginkgo Projects is an independent consultancy offering art curation and commissioning services to a wide range of clients.
Our philosophy is driven by a desire to create unique opportunities for artists and designers. We aim to contribute fresh perspectives to built and natural environments that challenge assumptions about the spaces we inhabit.
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.
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.Back to top.
Sophie ScottAssociate Director
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.Back to top.
Jan HogarthProject Manager
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.Back to top.
Jane McArthurProject Manager
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.Back to top.
Suzanne HeathProject Manager
Suzanne joined Ginkgo in 2010 and manages a portfolio of projects primarily within the commercial sector in London and the South West. From 2005 she worked in Arts Development and as a Public Art Officer, managing cultural projects for local authorities in Cumbria and Lancashire. Previously Suzanne delivered press and marketing for an independent arts trust in Cumbria which runs Abbot Hall Art Gallery and Blackwell, the Arts and Crafts House. She originally studied History of Art at Cambridge University. Suzanne is an Associate member of Spike Island in Bristol, and is currently working on freelance projects, supporting a group of artists in the Blackdown Hills. She has a particular interest in areas undergoing regeneration, craft, design, architecture and temporary commissioning in public spaces.
Chris FremantleProject Manager
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 Research Associate with On The Edge at Gray's School of Art, Aberdeen and an Honorary Research Fellow at Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee.Back to top.