Earlier in the year, I was invited by Nicky Duirs, Arts Officer at the Royal Liverpool Hospital, to respond to an invitation to create a significant piece of enamel artwork for the new breast screening unit, soon to be opened at the Broadgreen Hospital Site. As I am now about to start work on the project this series of posts will document the progress of my work.
About the Unit :
"The facility in Liverpool gives comprehensive cancer care for the people of Liverpool - providing a service that is excellent, compasionate and timely. In fact they are considered to be one of the UK's leading cancer centres and care is for Liverpool and the regions beyond. Over 2.3 Million people benefit from their specialist knowledge. The unit has world class facilities and diagnoising cancer quickly is the key to effective treatment. They have a wolrd class raidology department, with three CT scanners and three MRI scanners. A static PET-CT scanner is also planned for the site.
The new breast screening unit at Broadgreen will be opened in February 2013 and the aim is to make the enviroment a pleasant and uplifting place for the women coming in for screening."
THE BRIEF :
The unit would like a unique piece/pieces of artwork which will be titlled a "sense of place". It is desired that the peice would have rich jewel like colours rather than the traditional pink associaletd with breast cancer. We would like the artist to create work that has a contemporary feel and a sense of movement, through multiple connected pieces. We would like the unit to have artwork that is distincitve to the unit and work that uses different colour and imagery from the connected ENT Unit.
In addition to the main pieces it is desired that collaborative pieces should be created for the corridoors > Working with Sian Hughes the artist commsissioned for the ENT & Pain Units, creating distinctive pieces for the link corridoors within the timeframe and budget allocated. This work should incorporate natural themes such as "water" and or a "sense of place".
All commissioned pieces must comply with infection control, health and safety and fire regulations and should be robust and easy to clean.
NHS Broadgreen Commission
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