I’m completing the first stage of my role as lead artist for a public art programme at Midlothian Community Hospital – a new NHS psychiatric care hospital near Dalkeith. The resultant sculptures have been realised in conjunction with local craftpersons Malcolm Lemmon, James Fleming and members of the local community. We have installed a number of sculptural interventions within the courtyards which are made using storm damaged oak trees felled from a nearby hospital due for closure. These sculptures sit along side a series of machined metal sculptures created in collaboration with a local engineering company MacTaggert Scott and artist Claire Barclay.
Stage two is due to commence in Spring 2011 and will hopefully see the development of a community led garden, archways and earthworks within the surrounding hospital grounds.
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Work commences on the final stage of the MCH public art programme.
With production underway it’s only a matter of weeks before the final artworks are installed in the hospital grounds.
Exciting news! After much petitioning, the hospital grounds around the artworks will now become a community growing space. This idea was first put forward by participants during the early stages of the community consultation workshops and we are so happy that there’s going an ongoing and flourishing community space within the hospital grounds.
It was the install day yesterday for the final few elements of the MCH art programme. With the weather being fine and sunny we were able to get everything finished and up in one day. For more info on this project visit public art programme and the beginning of stage two.