First Name: Chris
Surname: Fremantle
Position: Senior Research Fellow
Telephone: 00447714203016
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Development of strategic research across art and design. 


Researchgate Profile

Duties and Responsibilities

Research development. 

Academic Background

English, Philosophy, Cultural History.

Research Interests

  • Participation, collaboration and interdisciplinarity.
  • Failure

Current Research

  • Practice-led research in particular focused on art and ecology (see publications)
  • Design in Action – design-led business support (AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub, British Council Newton Fund award)
  • Evaluating Knowledge Exchange (DMI Boston 2016)
  • Arts and Health in particular patient pathways and environments (Design4Health 2011, 2013, 2015)
  • The Art(s) of Failure (Scottish Graduate School for the Arts & Humanities Summer School Workshop with EK Reeder University of Glasgow)


2016   Co-I. Design Entrepreneurship.  British Council Newton Fund (Gray's) £45,000.  Successful.

2015   Co-I. Cultural Leadership and the Place of the Artist, AHRC Follow On Funding (Gray's). £99,900.  Successful 

2012.  University of Edinburgh Challenge Fund (ECA).  Sought £8,000.  Successful.

2011.  AHRC.  Collaborative Doctoral Award.  Leadership (Gray's).  Successful.

2006.  AHRC Nature of Creativity.  The Artist as Leader (Gray's).  Sought £30,000.  Successful.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Institute of Fundraising

Associate Member of the Scottish Artists Union (Served on the Executive 2006-2016)

External / Professional Roles

Producer of sited arts projects

Director Ayr Gaiety Partnership


With Douglas, A. 2016.  Inconsistency and Contradiction: Lessons in improvisation in the work of Helen Mayer Harrison and Newton Harrison. In Elemental: an Arts and Ecology Reader.  Manchester: The Gaia Project.

With Gulari, N.M., 2015. Are design-led innovation approaches applicable to SMEs? 17th International Conference on Engineering & Product Design Education, Loughboough University, Loughborough, UK

With Hepburn, L.; Hamilton, A.; Sands, J. 2015.  Immersing the artist and designer in the needs of the clinician: evolving the brief for distraction and stress reduction in a new Child Protection Unit. Sheffield: Third European Conference on Design4Health 2015, 13 – 16 July 2015,, Sheffield UK.

With Kearney, G. 2015.  Owning Failure: can the concept of failure redefine success?  International Journal of Art & Design Education 34(3):309-318 · October 2015

2014. Working Together.  In New Energies: Land Art Generator Initiative: Copenhagen.  London, Munich and New York: Prestel

2014  Scottish Artists bring nature into healthcare: approaches to Biophilic Design.  Global Healthcare and Arts Alliance conference, Houston, USA.

With Harris, P. 2013.  Practising Equality: Issues for co-creative and participatory practices addressing social justice and equality.  Participations: International Journal of Audience Research.  10:2 Nov.

2013. Art is a Dynamic Relationship with the Environment.  Creativity and Human Development International eJournal Dec. [accessed 16 April 2015]

With Hamilton, A. and Sands, J. 2013.  Dignified Spaces: deinstitutionalising spaces in the heart of the clinical environment.  Proceedings of Sheffield: 2nd European Design for Health Conference.

With Mullins, J. and Urquhart, D. 2012.  CoRE Challenges: the artist in residence programme at the British Heart Foundation Centre for Research Excellence, Queens Medical Research Institute, University of Edinburgh.  Texas A&M: SEAD Network. [accessed 16 April 2015]

With Isles, C., Cusack, P., Lankston, L.  2012.  Visual art in hospitals: case studies and review of the evidence,  Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine.

2012. Collaborative Relationships. Newcastle: a-n The Artists Information Company. [accessed 16 April 2015]

2011. Distraction and Attention: Health, Nature and Art in the GROVE project at NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde's New Stobhill Hospital. Proceedings of Sheffield: 1st European Design for Health Conference.

With Douglas, A. 2009. The Artist as Leader Research Report.  Aberdeen: The Robert Gordon University. 

With Douglas, A. 2009. Working in Public: Art, Practice, and Policy Creative Scotland: Public Art Research+Resource Scotland  [accessed 16 April 2015]

With Sands, J. 2009. New Victoria and New Stobhill Hospitals' Art Projects  Creative Scotland: Public Art Research+Resource Scotland [accessed 16 April 2015]