Artwork unveiled for Cramlington's new emergency hospital

Public turns out in force to vote for their favourite piece of art destined for Cramlington's new emergency hospital

More than 50 people turned out at a Northumberland garden centre to vote for their favourite pieces of artwork destined for the new emergency hospital at Cramlington.

As part of its plans leading up to the opening of the multi-million- pound unit in June 2015, Northumbria Healthcare asked local artists to design a sculpture for the hospital’s atrium and outside entrance.

Four artists; three of whom hail from the North East, have designed six art works along the theme ‘Hope and Reassurance.’

Ian McMinn, chair of charity funds at Northumbria Healthcare, said: “Our aim is to provide an environment which supports the delivery of better health, wellbeing and improved experience for patients, visitors and staff alike.

“As part of this process, we are considering designs by four highly regarded professional artists to produce an internal and external sculpture for the new hospital.

“Each of the artists attended today’s event and were happy to talk to the public about their designs. We are keen to hear the public’s thoughts about the artists so that we install the pieces of art that appeal to most.”

Those who attended the grand unveiling of artists’ designs at the Azure Cafe, in Cramlington, voted for their least and most favourite designs.

Brenda Longstaff, arts leader for Northumbria Healthcare, said local opinion was important to build a closer sense of community between the hospital and the people that it serves.

She said: “In coming months we hope to reach out to local communities and local artists so that they can also become involved in our art projects.

“We’re in the process of working with up to 90 schools, whose students will produce artwork for the new hospital over the next six months. We believe art is vital in improving the mood of patients and staff alike.”

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