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March 23, 2015 |

Work at New South Glasgow Hospitals complex. On 8 April the new NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde’s (NHSGGC) New South Glasgow Hospitals (NSGH) are having a launch reception and tour of some of the commissioned works developed for the site as part of its fully integrated art strategy. I’m pleased that my  piece Aere Perennius has been chosen for a temporary exhibition of selected works from the 100 Flowers Collection to be held in the atrium of the hospital from 8 April until August this year. I'm looking forward to seeing how the collection works in situ.

I recently had the pleasure of meeting filmmaker Ruth Carslaw when she came to my allotment to shoot some interview footage, a slither of which might be included in a film commissioned to contextualise the 100 Flowers Collection.

The 100 Flowers Collection launch reception precedes Lateral Thinking —a day-long conference at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on 9 April to look at the potential of creative-led initiatives in healthcare environments.

I spent a lot of my studio time last year involved in one such creative-led initiative to develop work for NSGH. As a commissioned artist for the ‘Dignified Spaces Project’ my role was to design furniture fabric and wallpaper for selected rooms within the hospital complex—the ‘Quiet Rooms’. The work was created from imagery produced as part of a community engagement process devised and facilitated by the lead artist for the project Alex Hamilton. The fabric and wallpaper patterns were developed in close consultation with the lead artist and designed to work as part of his overarching vision and strategy for the ‘Quiet Rooms’.

Working on the ‘Dignified Spaces’ project offered a fascinating insight into some of the complexities inherent in designing for a healthcare setting and provided me with a number of interesting challenges and valuable lessons.