Working together #savingronsplace

Saving Ron’s Place is an initiative by Jan Williams (Ron’s niece) & Chris Teasdale of The Caravan Gallery and is supported by a wonderful team of talented individuals with expertise in arts, community and heritage.

Meet our Advisory Board

Bev Ayre

Bev is an independent creative producer and curator. She has worked extensively for Culture Liverpool…
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Bryan Biggs

Bryan Biggs is Artistic Director of Bluecoat, where he has curated exhibitions and events over…
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Annie Lord

I have over thirty years’ experience of working in museums. I started out as a…
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Angela Samata

BAFTA nominee Angela Samata presented the award-winning BBC1 documentary Life After Suicide. She has worked…
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Colin Simpson

Principal Museums Officer, Wirral Museums ServiceColin first came to Birkenhead as Keeper of Decorative Arts…
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Martin Wallace

Martin began directing music videos for bands such as Pulp, Tindersticks, Aphex Twin and Biffy…
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Our guiding principles are to set out our hopes and ambitions for Ron’s Place, as a legacy to Ron himself and most importantly to contribute to the neighbourhood and the wider cultural network.

Photo: Martin Wallace

Guiding Principles and Vision

  • Conserve and preserve the unique creative legacy of Birkenhead born Ron Gittins (1939 – 2019) by acknowledging his outstanding contribution to ‘Outsider Art’ and recognising Ron’s Place as a significant visionary art environment.
  • Secure the long-term future of Ron’s Place and contents as a small domestic museum by covering rental costs in the short term and becoming self-sustaining.
  • Document, archive and interpret all artwork, written material, and ephemera in Ron’s Place and elsewhere to create a lasting record of Ron’s life and work.
  • Ensure Ron’s artwork is accessible to a diverse audience, both online and through carefully managed in-person visits appropriate to the residential setting.
  • Make a positive contribution to the local neighbourhood and cultural network by forging links with community groups and cultural organisations, supporting social cohesion, celebrating sense of place and local and regional identity.
  • Use Ron’s Place to celebrate the creativity within all of us as a powerful source of healing, inspiration, and well-being, via a programme of public engagement and creative encouragement.
  • Use Ron’s Place as a springboard to generate new work by amateur and professional contemporary artists, writers, performers and musicians from diverse backgrounds, including those who work in non-traditional and neurodivergent ways.
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Can you help to save Ron’s Place?

There is still a great deal to do to save Ron’s Place, and we can’t do it on our own. There are already lots of ways you can help, and we will be adding more in the future