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Artist Commission: Alder Hey Critical Care Unit

Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust is seeking to commission an artist or artist’s group to create work for the Critical Care Unit in their new hospital, which opened in 2015. It is the first in Europe to be built within a park and is a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital. Every year it treats more than 270,000 patients and is globally recognised for excellence in children’s healthcare.

The Critical Care Unit treats almost 2000 patients each year and comprises a Paediatric Intensive Care Unit, Paediatric High Dependency Unit and Burns High Dependency Unit. The commission is to create artwork for a long connecting corridor, a shorter corridor, 2 parent overnight rooms, 2 interview rooms and a staff room. A ‘donor recognition artwork’ is to be part of the overall commission.

The commissioners are looking for an outstanding artist or artist’s group, with a proven track record of high quality commissions, to design, create and install work which is welcoming and sensitive to the emotions which critical illness engenders. The work needs to be two-dimensional and inspired by the theme of nature, in keeping with the hospital’s overall Arts Strategy.

The fee for this commission is £35,000 inclusive of VAT, materials, installation costs and expenses.

Shortlisted artists will be invited to attend an interview and offered a design development fee to work up their ideas in more detail.

In the first instance, we would like to receive electronically an expression of interest, up to 12 images of your work and a CV.

Please send your expressions of interest to Vicky Charnock, Arts Coordinator:

Closing date: 5.00pm 26th September 2016

For more information, please download the PDF brief below.

Download Commissioning Strategy Alder Hey in the Park.pdf