Commissioned artists include;
Darren Almond, Catherine Bertola, Kate Bright, Hannah Brown, Hannah Collins, Akiko Usami, Oona Culley, Anka Dabrowska, Susan Derges, Leo Fitzmaurice, Ilana Halperin, James Ireland, Sarah Jones, Valeria Nascimento, Simon Patterson, Sophy Rickett, Shan Valla and Richard Wentworth.
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Barts Health NHS Trust is currently undergoing a major redevelopment programme. The Royal London will be Britain's biggest new hospital, with London's leading trauma and emergency care centre. It will include one of the UK's largest children's hospitals, as well as one of Europe's largest renal units. Barts will become a state-of-the-art Cancer and Cardiac Centre of Excellence, incorporating services currently provided at The London Chest Hospital.
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Richard Wentworth The Light of Day 2011
Digital prints antiqued mirror and nails
Richard Wentworth was given access to the museum collection held by Barts to create an installation depicting archival images of the old Pathology Museum, instruments for measuring radium, the manufacturing of ointment, and machines to extract radioactive gas. Even the image of filing cabinets, once intended to convey state-of-the-art information management, takes on an air of nostalgia today in our paperless electronic age. Similarly, Wentworth makes a feature of large metal nails which also signal a technology of a previous era.
These atmospheric images, with glimpses of parquet floors, glazed tiled walls, wooden balustrades, (echoed in the heavy wooden frames surrounding each piece), impart a strong flavour of the history of Barts within the new building, while the inclusion of angled mirror suggests the idea of reflection back in time and into the future.
Catherine Bertola From the Archives 2010
Digitally printed acrylic and vinyl
Bertola draws on the 18th century fashion for "print rooms", where a room was decorated with prints pasted onto the walls and embellished with drawings of swags and ribbons to lend an illusion of three-dimensionality. Creating a modern interpretation, the artist references the architecture of James Gibbs whose 18th century buildings form the historic square at Barts. The images the artist has used are all taken from the Barts historic archive and bring to the new Cancer Centre some of the atmosphere of the hospital 's illustrious past.
Ilana Halperin A Geological meeting between I.H and H.I.(An Archaeology of Barts) 2010
Watercolour, graphite on fabriano paper, etched caithness stone
The artist has a particular interest in geology, and she approached her commission for the Cancer Centre by creating a narrative visual "geological cross section" of the hospital's history. After consulting the Barts archives, talking to patients, and exploring the hospital's historical buildings, she excavated stories, objects and archival images. The initials in the title refer to the artist herself, I.H. and a former patient treated at Barts whose initials are H.I. Halperin has said about this artwork, "the intention is to create a warm interruption in the new hospital environment by installing a collection of related material about Barts that facilitate a space for potential discovery, and expeditions of the imagination."
Darren Almond Fullmoon Series Barts Edition 2010
Turner Prize nominee, Darren Almond, has created a photographic installation for the new Radiotherapy Department. Running throughout his work is a reflection on time, duration and memory. For these images, the artist has travelled far and wide to remote geographical areas. These pictures are taken in the middle of the night, using only the full moon as a source of light, and an extended time exposure. Entitled Fullmoons, these meditative and evocative photographs are filled with a strange and frozen beauty that creates an immersive environment for patients throughout the waiting area.
Darren Almond, Susan Derges, Simon Patterson, Sophy Rickett
Digital prints on lightbox panels
Artworks by Darren Almond, Susan Derges, Simon Patterson and Sophy Rickett have been commissioned for the Radiotherapy Department. Installed in light-box ceilings in each treatment area, patients receiving radiotherapy are transported away from the everyday by reconfigured celestial constellations, magical tree canopies and moonlit flowers
VIEW FROM BARTS
Acclaimed international artist Hannah Collins has completed a series of panoramic photographs for the Barts Imaging Department. Taken from the roof of Barts, this series show a view north, east, south or west of the hospital. Along with well known London landmarks, Collins has deliberately captured some of the more mundane cityscape in view. The artist's use of acid colours lends a sense of artifice, making the images seem staged and fictional. Collins considers these to be "like an opening sequence to a film each being the film of that day."
CALM IN CHEMO
Installed in the Chemotherapy Department are three new commissions that each explore light, shadow and reflection while striving to bring echoes of the natural world into the hospital. This ensemble of works, which includes glass, porcelain, gilding, and silver leaf brings a restrained elegance and calm to the department with transparent, white, or highly reflective surfaces throughout.
For the entrance of the Chemotherapy Department, Shan Valla has made a work of soaring glass branches. Nestled at the base of a mini forest of transparent and silver stems are a pair of gilded porcelain birds.
Valeria Nascimento Blossoming 2010
Porcelain and gold leaf
Porcelain and gold also feature in an installation by acclaimed ceramicist Valeria Nascimento, whose delicate, graceful porcelain sculptures seem to hover weightlessly. Blossoming, features a cluster of white paper-thin porcelain petals scattered across the wall. Nearby, smaller works with a playful line of gold leaf, appear to have captured some of those petals - as if carried by the wind.
This work monumental installation by James Ireland extends his interest in landscape, nature and artifice in a sequence of overlapping images each of which is a different unrelated picturesque view of nature. These carefully constructed works are executed on rolled paper and include origami - lending the work a sculptural dimension. Using ink and spray paint the Usami builds up layers of repeated patterns drawn from Japanese textile design motifs. Usami has said, "we may repeat the same thing every day, but every day is different." . Her work strives at discovery and escape within the familar and everyday. Lambda prints on aluminium
James Ireland Quiet Pleasures 2011
Stainless steel, glass, vinyl print, quartz, pyrite
A second commission by Ireland is located in the waiting room in Radiotherapy. This installation uses highly reflective materials - mirrors, quartz crystals, and pyrite within a shiny metal framework. The natural rocks, along with the subtle colours of sunset cast over the white walls, form miniature three-dimensional landscapes.
Kate Bright Winter Series 2010
Glitter and acrylic on canvas
Artist Kate Bright, known for her abstracted landscape images sprinkled with a generous dose of glitter, has created a new series of snow scenes that catch the light and animate the lift lobby.
EVERY DAY IS DIFFERENT
Akiko Usami Clarice 1 and 2 2011
Ink, origami, spray paint, on paper
Akiko Usami Untitled, 2005 and Untitled (pink) 2007
Acrylic and oil on canvas
Paintings by Usami similarly draw on her heritage, with motifs that recall traditional Japanese textile design.
Sarah Jones The Rose Garden - Barts Edition 2010
Artist Sarah Jones has created a special edition of her acclaimed 'Rose Garden' series. The roses photographed in her works were found and photographed in her local park. By lighting the roses in such a way that they appear set against an inky, pitch black background, the artist imbues these familiar flowers - some in bloom, some past their peak - with a mysterious and magical quality.
Anka Dabrowska brings a bit of Warsaw to Barts with a series of kiosks, based on the vibrant streets of her native city. These tiny jewel-like constructions are made from scraps of packaging, photos and found material. Dense and richly layered - not unlike actual kiosks which tend to be tightly packed with an astonishing array of goods - these works demonstrate the artist's particular facility for improvised creativity.
Leo Fitzmaurice Holiday brochure series 2010
Leo Fitzmaurice also uses everyday materials, transforming the seemingly mundane into lyrical artworks, his drilled holiday brochures offer patients a sense of momentary escape.
These carefully constructed works are executed on rolled paper and include origami - lending the work a sculptural dimension. Using ink and spray paint the Usami builds up layers of repeated patterns drawn from Japanese textile design motifs. Usami has said, "we may repeat the same thing every day, but every day is different." . Her work strives at discovery and escape within the familar and everyday.
Lambda prints on aluminium