Public art and hospital developments are a good match. Whether staff, patient or visitor, hospitals are sites that test us – the weariness of long stay, the drama of bad news, the weird sensory emporium of chemo chimes, endless corridors, and chemical smells. So I have been pleased to be involved in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde’s work in this area, particularly the 100 Flowers project, taking its inspiration from the now extinct pleasure of giving and receiving visitor flowers, and destined to enhance the inside and outside of new buildings.
My first encounters with this agenda were a percent for art scheme in a new super-hospital in the North East of England, quickly followed by an arts and gardens scheme in a Thames Valley hospital redevelopment. The challenges of synthesising artistic vision, client comfort zone, and project practicalities seem even more distant than the intervening years in the current developments in Glasgow. The Health Board is attuned to the creative process, governance includes artists, and the method reaches into the communities served by the hospitals.
A flavour of the approach can be absorbed through these attachments – the Gartnaval Royal Hospital 2014 Legacy Public Art Commission and associated ‘art in the gart’ vision document. For the artists among you the deadline is the 7th April. Gartnavel Royal Hospital Legacy CommissionFinal4 artinthegart 16pp_proofNo2