Improving patient and staff environment with art and design commissioning for RUH new builds and refurbishment
Art and Design for RADIOLOGY
The family of the late Sir George Pollock Bt. HonFRPS, FRSA, an accomplished photographer and a past President of the Royal Photographic Society have kindly donated a series of his photographs to be displayed in the RUH Radiology Department.
In 1962, Sir George Pollock invented a method of making abstract colour photographs using controlled light originally through glass. He called them “Vitrographs” This light refraction technique is the focus of his body of work.
Art at the Heart has been working with Capital Projects and the project manager has arranged colour scheme consultations with staff. The art scheme has been developed with the interior design team. There will be a lit ceiling showing sky and trees, also ceiling tiles in the bed waiting areas displaying a tree canopy.
RUH Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Richard Mansfield will also have photography on display enhanced by a wall light box.
RNHRD AND THERAPIES CENTRE
Group Engagement sessions for staff have now begun and staff will have the opportunity to learn about and comment on several art and design proposed commissions. Art at the Heart aims to bring elements of the Mineral Water Hospital’s (RNHRD) heritage to the new Centre. Wallpapers will be designed by Jose Mendoza using the Mineral Water Hospital historic portrait paintings and artefacts as inspiration. A geographical timeline created by Ross Bennett will weave along the corridor leading to the Hydro Therapy pool depicting the discovery and source of thermal waters and its geographical and historical journey. Stunning feature hydrotherapy pool windows will be designed by Chris Tipping.
Following patient consultation, two projects – the geographical timeline and hydrotherapy pool windows are using Flow as a key theme.
“Flow is active. It is not just the water, but it is the way our muscles are warmed and released, allowing blood to flow more freely. It is the freedom from stiffness of joints, when even a centimetre gained is a big triumph.” Patient
RUH Art and Design manager Hetty Dupays is working closely with IBI Interior Designer Lynn Lindley to create an overarching scheme that will combine the classic and contemporary, creating crisp clean lines combined with the warmth of colour seen in the Bath stone.
Long views and short glimpses through the space are directed through perforated interior walls allowing us to incorporate museum items/current collection pieces into the space. Entrances and waiting areas for both Rheumatology and Therapies will be key places to include elements of The Mineral Hospital’s heritage as well as Bath’s connection with the thermal healing waters.
These will take the form of Cabinets of Curiosity, feature wallpapers and interpretations of key architectural features using vinyl manifestations for glass.
We also propose an artwork installation that can weave around the corridor walls leading to the Therapies Pool depicting the discovery and source of thermal waters and its geographical and historical journey as a visual timeline.
Colour will be an important element of the interior design scheme, using paint, coloured or decorative resin wall panels and lighting to create a fitting ambience in each area of the building.
Wayfinding will be included in the brief and many of the elements of the interior scheme described above will aid the patient journey naturally and we will also look at innovative use of wall and floor graphics.
We will also be involved in external design features including sculpture. There will be several landscaped gardens creating tranquil areas for patients, carers and staff can relax.
Spiritual Care Centre: A place for Reflection and Prayer
Art at the Heart have led the interior design and commissioning of artworks for the new Spiritual Care Centre. It features a beautiful stained glass window, ‘Reaching Out’ designed by designer-maker Sally Pollitzer. Sally is a painter as well as a maker of stained glass windows and landscape is often reflected in her glass designs, however abstract they may appear. Sky, hills and sunlight are represented with colour. Two stained glass works from the old chapel have also been moved in to the new centre.
There is a stunning cast bronze sculpture by artist, Chris Buck titled ‘In your arms’ that sits in the brand new courtyard space. Chris studied in Cornwall and he is inspired by the St. Ives abstract artists, and is a Member of the Penwith Society of Arts founded by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. He produces sculpture in both wood and stone, it is in bronze that he finds the greatest satisfaction, combining natural forms and industrial precision to achieve individual pieces of strength and beauty.
The creation and the landscaping of the Courtyard Garden and artwork in the Spiritual Care Centre have been funded with a legacy bequeathed to the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal, by a kind and generous Gentleman in his Will.
This space will function as a sanctuary – a place of comfort and refuge – for people with different needs who come from a wide variety of belief systems.
The Chaplaincy Team aims to provide pastoral and spiritual care to people of all faiths or none, respecting each person’s integrity, belief and need.
The Spiritual Care Centre offers 24 hour access and includes a space for anyone to come and sit, think or/and pray. The books of remembrance for both adults and babies is set aside in a designated area along with a book for people to write their own prayers and thoughts.
The new Multi Faith Centre is very accessible and is located on the crossroads of Zone C&D on the ground floor, Princess Anne Wing.