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Ambitious Arts Project for Our New Hospitals – Creating a Vision

When the Trust put out a call for artists to get involved with our new hospitals we didn’t expect the 1,074 expressions of interest. Artists from across the globe, including Thailand, Norway and USA got in touch to find out more about what we were looking for to support our new development. The artwork projects are split into nine categories and we now have the artists agreed for all of these except for the Iconic artwork project where three shortlisted artists will battle it out during an interview process early next year. Our new hospitals development is the largest project outside London. The £500 million super-hospitals, which are due to open next summer, will provide world class medical care for the people of Manchester and the North West. There are four new hospitals including new facilities for Adults (part of Manchester Royal Infirmary); a Women’s Hospital (Saint Mary’s); an Eye Hospital (Manchester Royal Eye Hospital) and a Children’s Hospital (replacing Booth Hall and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospitals). Peter Mount, Chairman of the Trust says: “We were delighted with the response and are confident that we have chosen artists who will provide excellent and creative artwork for all the areas identified. It is an important part of our new hospitals which not only improves the environment of our buildings, but research shows that inspirational and eye pleasing artworks can help patients deal with pain and anxiety better.” The artworks are being funded through our charity and sponsors are in the process of being sought to support this project. ENDS Notes: The arts projects and their artists: Iconic art Andy Plant, Andy Small, Tony Stallard (shortlisted) Boulevard Brian Chapman (Lime) Panoramic Photo Malcolm Glover Courtyards Andy Plant (Adults); Jane Parker and Fergus Channon (Eye); Lauren Sagar and Sharon Campbell (Women’s); Richard Sharples (Children’s) Interactive Liquid Design Vinyl Work Christian Ryan Moving Image Nick Edwards Lift Shaft Wall Opus Glass Design Tactile Opus Glass Design What each arts project involves: Iconic work for the Hospital Boulevard – A signature work for the new hospitals boulevard that should give a sense of place and is a strong visual statement. The Hospital Boulevard – This is a large scale green area where people could take lunch in good weather, walk across the site, rest and play. Large Scale Panoramic Photographic Work – A large scale dramatic panoramic photographic work which will be next to the ground floor cafeteria area in the Manchester Royal Eye Hospital. Four Courtyard Spaces – Within the new hospitals there are four internal courtyard spaces which are surrounded by clinical accommodation. Children’s Hospital Interactive Wall – The aim is to create a magical interactive experience for children and their families who are waiting for appointments or visiting the hospital. Adults Hospital Vinyl Work for Glazed Wall – The glazed wall overlooks a large courtyard from the entrance to the Adult Hospital. Moving Image Installations – The space for this screen based moving image commission is a busy waiting area within the entrance of the new Women’s Hospital. Women’s Hospital Lift Shaft Wall – The work will occupy all or part of the flat vertical lift shaft wall rising through all four floors or the atrium space. It will create a dominant visual feature in this atrium space. Eye Hospital Tactile Work – Many of the patients using this space will have visual impairment issues and we are looking to install a work that is designed to be touched. If you are interested in supporting one of these projects please contact David Cain, Director of Regeneration and Appeals and a member of the Arts Committee on 0161 276 8526 or e-mail: David.cain@cmmc.nhs.uk.