EVENT: CONNECT Meet the Artists
7pm - 8.30pm
6 December 2018
University of Brighton
Free - no need to book
Four artists are creating new photography for the 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, in Brighton. The work will be displayed permanently in 36 waiting rooms throughout the redevelopment’s first new building, due for completion at the end of 2020.
Local residents are now being invited to find out more about the work and how they can be involved.
The Meet the Artists event is free, open to all, and no booking is required. It will give patients, staff and members of the public the opportunity to learn more and give feedback on this exciting photography project.]
Meet the Artists
7pm – 8.30pm, 6 December 2018
University of Brighton
58-68 Grand Parade
Free, no need to book, everybody welcome
About the Commissions
The new commissions will form part of CONNECT, the public art programme for the 3Ts hospital redevelopment. All the buildings on the front half of the Royal Sussex County Hospital site are being replaced with new state-of-the-art clinical facilities. CONNECT will help create a distinctive identity for the hospital and a lasting legacy of accessible, high-quality public art for the city, county and community.
The four themes chosen for the photography programme (South Downs, Coast, Brighton and Sussex) underline a sense of place connecting patients and the local environment.
Murray Ballard’s work is informed by historic folklore and explores how the landscape and its mythology are entwined. He is researching specific locations and their connections with traditional tales, engaging with Sussex storytelling groups and age-old oral traditions. Zoe Childerley is walking the entire Sussex coastline to discover the secrets of our shores and encounter people she might not otherwise meet. Her seascape imagery will be made as she dives, floats, paddles, sails and walks with local communities. Celine Marchbank’s series evokes the sense of place, familiarity, well-being and comfort home brings and is working with Brighton residents whose personal stories and direct experiences of illness and hospitals are central to the work. Helen Sear is exploring our relationship with the natural world by researching wild Sussex pathways, overgrown lanes and forgotten drovers’ routes, contrasting with the elaborate horticultural techniques of the county’s carefully managed, grand gardens.
The commissioning partners (Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, Willis Newson and the University of Brighton) sought proposals for the creation of stimulating images for the enjoyment of staff, patients and visitors using the waiting areas for many years to come – work which will become a source of contemplation and pleasure during potential times of stress, distress or discomfort. Clinical research shows enhancing the hospital environment has a positive effect on reducing patient and visitor anxiety, helping the recovery process and reducing the need for pain relief medication.