Southmead Learning & Research and Pathology: Public Art Programme

Art in hospital. Arts and Health: Coloured glazing and ceramic wall pieces by Kate Blee for Southmead Learning, Research and Pathology building. Photo Tom De Gay

Willis Newson devised and delivered a public art strategy for the development of new Learning & Research and Pathology buildings on the Southmead Hospital site in Bristol.

Lead artist, Kate Blee designed the colour and composition of the exterior glazing which clads both buildings and created large ceramic wall pieces for the interiors.

Perry Roberts created super-graphics for windows and walls, helping to define the identity of each building and support way-finding within them.

ArtNucleus – artists Simon Ryder and Reinhild Beuther – also worked with staff throughout the building process and during the move to the new facilities.

A close and early collaboration between artists, architects and contractors has resulted in commissioned artworks that successfully complement and enhance the finished building.

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“… the art looks fantastic – the whole office looked at the photos today and were absolutely stunned and thought it was the best integrated arts project they had seen.”

Claudia Bloom
Director - Avanti Architects