Forum Public Art Strategy

Timescale: 2015-2017 Client: Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Artist: Matthew Darbyshire
Location: Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Services: Art in the Public Realm, Cultural Placemaking, Embedded Arts, Healthcare, Mixed Use

The Forum is a ground-breaking 37,500 sq.m. new development comprising a postgraduate medical education centre with specialist surgical training facilities, a 900-delegate conference centre, a 198-bed hotel, a 93-bed private hospital, retail facilities and 225 parking spaces. The project will encourage additional investment in the CBC as it aims to become a leading global biomedical centre by 2020.

The Forum unifies hospitality, conference, education and healthcare to create a new building typology that will support the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. It will provide a hub for clinicians, researchers and academics from across the world to share knowledge and expertise.

Futurecity have developed a full public art strategy for the scheme. Culture will make a high quality contribution across the public realm by integrating public art into the fabric of the scheme as an imaginative and engaging set of installations; permanent physical artworks developed by contemporary visual artist Matthew Darbyshire. Matt will work in collaboration with the nbbj, the schemes architects on artworks around the buildings entrances, and go on to develop work for the public realm in collaboration with CBC Lead Artist, Ryan Gander.




the artist

Mathew Darbyshire

Matthew Darbyshire provocatively repackages the homogenisation of contemporary design: the moulded retro-future furnishings and CMYK colour schemes that dominate both public and private space in modern life. Born in Cambridge in 1977, Matt graduated from the Slade in 2000 and the RA Schools in 2005 and is represented internationally by Herald St. Gallery.

Darbyshire’s assembled objects try to define just what it is that makes candy-coloured plastic so modern, so appealing.

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