QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City
Art in Site were commissioned to develop and implement the art strategy for the £30 million New QEII Hospital, Welwyn Garden City.
Artists: Charlotte Mann, David Tremlett
Media: Ventillation screens, wall painting, mural, custom-designed furniture, wayfinding
Working in collaboration with architects Penoyre & Prasad, we used artist David Tremlett's large scale geometric colour-work to decorate the walls of the entrance and interior, providing reassurance and stimulation to the patient from every angle across their journey. Tremlett's work spans three floors, each assigned a different colour palette. This to aids wayfinding and orientation around the building and makes navigation more intuive and pleasurable. We also used art to aid the building in its sustainable goals: together with artist Charlotte Mann, we developed exterior window screens (part of Penoyre & Prasad’s original design), which provide natural ventilation and privacy, as well enhancing the interior environment. The designs for Mann's screens are based on net curtain designs that she had seen in private houses around Welwyn. Their unique forms and homely aesthetic help to make rooms across the site feel more welcoming and friendly. As part of our installation service, Charlotte’s drawings were checked for airflow and structural integrity before being translated into stainless steel laser-cut screens by Art in Site’s in-house studio team.
WINNER: RIBA Regional Award (2016)
WINNER: RIBA Sustainability Awards (2016)
WINNER: Art & Interiors, European Healthcare Design Awards (2016)
To read Richard Cork's essay 'A Much-Needed Affirmation' on the artists at the New QEII Hospital here.
“As in the Tate staircase, Tremlett adopts a playful attitude to the hospital’s walls and transforms them with a dynamic array of circles and rhomboids. Although they contain references to floor-layers, these hieroglyphic shapes have an abstract life of their own. The colours favoured by Tremlett add to this overall sense of vivacity, and make us realise that his work is in a direct line of descent from Matisse’s joyful cutouts, created near the end of his life by an ailing and often bed-ridden master. Matisse knew how to defy illness by focusing on a celebratory vision of the world; and Tremlett, in his own freewheeling way, is equally affirmative.”
Richard Cork, 2015 Author ‘The Healing Presence of Art’ A History of Western Art in Hospitals here