Photoworks NHS Public Art commission

I’m delighting to announce I have been selected as one of the commissioned artists for this exciting Photoworks & NHS Public Art project!

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Photoworks in partnership with Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Willis Newson and the University of Brighton announce the winning artists commissioned to create photography for CONNECT – the 3Ts Hospital Redevelopment Public Art Programme.

The commissions will deliver a permanent collection of photographic artworks sited across 36 public waiting rooms within the new 3Ts redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, to open from 2020.

The new commissions will form part of CONNECT, the public art programme for the 3Ts hospital redevelopment. All the buildings on the front half of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site are being replaced with new state-of-the-art clinical facilities. CONNECT will help create a distinctive identity for the hospital and a lasting legacy of accessible, high-quality public art for the city, county and community.

The four themes chosen for the photography programme underline a sense of place connecting patients and the local environment.

Murray BallardZoe Childerley and Celine Marchbank have each been selected from a nationwide open call. They will create work themed on South Downs, Coast and Brighton, joining internationally recognised photographer, Helen Sear, appointed to produce a Sussex themed commission.

All works will be created with local community engagement over the next 18 months. Murray Ballard’s work on the South Downs will be informed by historic folklore and explore how the landscape and its mythology are entwined. Zoe Childerley will dive, float, paddle, sail and walk with local communities, anchoring seascape imagery in concepts of ‘beneath the waves’, ‘on the surface’ and ‘at the edge’. Celine Marchbank has proposed a series evoking the sense of place, familiarity, well-being and comfort that home brings. She intends to work with Brighton residents whose personal stories and direct experiences of illness and hospitals will be central to the work. Helen Sear’s commission will include research into forgotten Sussex footpaths and road ways with an exploration of the passage of time, people and animals across the county.

The commissioning partners sought proposals for the creation of stimulating images for the enjoyment of staff, patients and visitors using the waiting areas for many years to come – work which will become a source of contemplation and pleasure during potential times of stress, distress or discomfort. Clinical research shows enhancing the hospital environment has a positive effect on reducing patient and visitor anxiety, helping the recovery process and reducing the need for pain relief medication.

In a joint statement the partnership organisations BSUHPhotoworksWillis Newson and the University of Brighton say,

‘These commissions will play an important role within this world-class health facility. They will help provide a positive environment that will complement the exceptional medical care patients can expect. The commissions will help to maximise patient recovery and significantly improve the waiting experience for patients, staff, visitors and carers for many years to come. They offer an exciting opportunity for photographers to connect not only with the large numbers of people within the hospital, but also with diverse communities across Sussex. This is an investment that will genuinely improve the care environment for everyone and help foster a sense of pride in the hospital’

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