FIRST@108: Public Art Award

Blog: Have your say on the Finalists’ proposals

Following an open call for submissions, five sculptors were selected to develop responses on the fascinating theme of Memory with the ambition of stimulating and engaging elderly people with dementia. We invite you to study the Finalist’s diverse responses, either in the RBS gallery or here online and then comment below saying which design you think would be most engaging and uplifting for patients and their families. Each Finalist has created two interlinked ideas for two significant sites in the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital which are yet to be transformed.

Site 1 Edgar Horne Ward – restricted access onlyThe Edgar Horne Ward is a mixed medical ward that offers specialized care for patients with dementia whilst also treating the injuries and illness that requires a hospital stay. On removal of the central nurses’ station the new open space will be re-designed as a welcoming place for patients and visitors to socialize or simply rest, and incorporate seating and the new sculpture/installation.

Site 2  Interior Garden – public accessThe garden will be situated on level 3 to provide visitors and elderly patients with a welcome change of scene from the ward - becoming a place they can sit and talk, be involved with gardening, read, or simply sit quietly and contemplate.  This space, situated to the side of a public walkway, can also be viewed from the surrounding wards on level 3 and 4.

The winning work will be selected on 18th November 2015 by a panel of Arts and Health professionals, and they would really appreciate your views. 

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