Ron’s Place is a unique and internationally acclaimed ‘immersive visionary art environment' created by Ron Gittins (1939 - 2019) in Birkenhead near Liverpool, England, and a rare example of 'Outsider Art'.
** NEWSFLASH! ** RON'S PLACE HAS BEEN SAVED THANKS TO A LAST-MINUTE DONATION FROM TAMSIN WIMHURST OF THE MULLER WIMHURST TRUST, AND THE GENEROSITY OF ALL OUR SUPPORTERS. WE ARE SO GRATEFUL TO EVERY SINGLE ONE OF YOU FOR YOUR DONATIONS AND SUPPORT. THANK YOU! ANY FURTHER DONATIONS WILL BE GRATEFULLY RECEIVED AS WE CONSOLIDATE OUR POSITION AND PLAN AN EXCITING FUTURE FOR RON'S PLACE.
We are keeping our crowdfunder going for the time being to help cover costs as we move forward and turn our dreams for Ron's Place into reality.
Our priorities now, once all the official stuff has gone through, are: to conserve the painted surfaces and artwork in Ron's Place; archive the contents; refurbish the entire building including 3 upstairs flats to rent out as affordable housing; create an #InspiredbyRonsPlace public engagement programme encouraging people in the local community to explore the life-enhancing benefits of creativity. Visit our website to find out more: www.ronsplace.co.uk
Our patron Jarvis Cocker told The Guardian he sees Ron Gittins as an outsider artist who created things that deserve to be preserved.
“We can all relate to people who do their houses up. Everybody decorates their house in some way, Ron has just gone that extra mile. That lion's head fireplace is unbelievable really. I have always been interested in the art of people who haven’t gone through the normal channels, they haven’t gone to art college and stuff like that. They have an idea and they follow it through. We all have creativity within us.”
Ron's Place is the product of one man's vivid imagination and the irrepressible urge to create. He lived frugally in a dramatic world of his own making, sharing his rented space with Egyptian goddesses, Greek philosophers and Roman emperors. Ron adorned virtually every surface with romantic heroines, celestial beings and mythic beasts. Most startlingly dramatic of all are three enormous concrete fireplaces in the form of a fearsome lion, an open-mouthed Minotaur and a Roman temple. We want to share this amazing treasure trove with a wider audience and unlock its full potential.