and environment - commissioned artworks
Making the building a work of art
Working in close collaboration with the Design
Team, the Lead Artist guided a commissioning process that
identified key places within the building where artwork would
enhance its environment and would itself be enriched by the
At GHH the artworks are at one with the building
itself and journeys around the new hospital by patients, staff
and visitors offer carefully created moments of interest and
delight. In keeping with this philosophy, the choice of artists
and their work did not aim always for instant impact, or even
entertainment, but instead aspired to long term appreciation
that would contribute to the healing process.
Through discussion, the Design Team agreed early
on in the commissioning process to avoid overtly representational
works which might have the potential for negative connotation
or leave themselves open to ambiguously disturbing interpretation.
Instead, it was decided that artworks should be in keeping
with the overall aesthetics of the interior and exterior environment
and a particular accent was placed on the use of natural materials.
Since the underlying idea of the hospital and the design process
was linked to the notion of combining separate elements to
create a whole, weaving became a metaphor for healing –
paper in translucent layers, fabric layered and stitched,
copper strands woven with silk, and willow entwined with ash.
After a long process of visiting exhibitions,
trawling artist data bases and group deliberation, a small
team of artists based in the west of Scotland were commissioned
to create artworks for the new healing environment –
Kirsty Aitken, Jim Buchanan, Jill Blackwood, Elaine Clarke,
Lizzie Farey and Jane Kelly herself. Andrew McIntyre later
joined the Design Team to design and implement original stainless
steel and Perspex cases and fixings for the presentation of
the finished pieces. In addition, Mike Bolum was commissioned
to photograph the project and Cameron McIlwham was commissioned
to create this website.
'God Shouting' are intensive areas of colour and texture.
They are vibrant and rich, they require the viewer to return
again and again to the works in order to fully absorb the
energy and joy that these textiles radiate.”
Jilli Blackwood's work can be seen in the Nurses'
Station and in the Patients’s Sitting Room overlooking