New Papworth Hospital Arts Strategy

Timescale: 2013-2014 Client: Papworth Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Artist: Adam Ball
Partners: Wysing Art Centre Location: Cambridge Biomedical Campus
Services: Art in the Public Realm, Cambridge, Healthcare

Futurecity have developed a full Arts Strategy for the UK’s largest and most reputable heart and lung hospital, Papworth. It currently treats over 22,800 inpatient and day cases and 53,400 outpatients each year from across the UK. The new 310 bed hospital will open on the Cambridge Biomedical Campus in 2018, and will provide state-of-the-art cardiothoracic services with some of the world’s leading specialists.

The Arts Strategy also seeks to lead the way in embedding arts and cultural projects right throughout the patient, staff  and visitor experience. Its concept is ‘The Living Building’. The arts will be used to enhance the building design and user experience in ways that connect us to our natural cycles. It will engage with all our five senses to support a positive effect of health and wellbeing. It will build on best practice within arts and health research, to bring world leading projects to the fore that support the building design and operations.

5 major embedded arts commissions will be supported by partnership with leading Cambridge cultural organisations to build a legacy programme for the ongoing life of Papworth.

the artist

Adam Ball

Born in 1977, Adam lives and works in London and has exhibited in galleries internationally, including Paul Kasmin Gallery, New York; Dallas Contemporary, US; The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas; Gagosian Gallery, New York; Centre of Contemporary Art, Bahrain.

Adam Ball, a bright light on the British art scene, lets his gorgeous paintings in all their impassioned and yet kitschy glory, do the talking.

Elle Décor, US edition


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