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Patients choose artists for new Cancer Centre at Guy's

Cancer survivors have helped select artists including Turner Prize nominee Angela Bulloch to work on commissions for the new King’s Health Partners Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital - the artists were chosen by interview panels which included patients and staff.
 
They have been commissioned to enhance the healing environment and improve cancer patients’ experience of their care. Their work forms an integral part of the new Cancer Centre which has been designed by internationally renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners – it is due to open to patients in 2016.
 
The artists are Angela Bulloch, who was nominated for the Turner Prize in 1997, designer Gitta Gschwendtner who has experience of large scale public works, and Mariele Neudecker who is best known for her sculptures.
 
Angela Bulloch said: “It is my pleasure to be involved in such an important project. I think that improving the environment is something we should all aspire to. I look forward to working with all the people who give Guy’s Hospital an excellent reputation.”
 
Lis Lawrence, a patient representative on the interview panels which chose the artists, said: “Patients, particularly those whose treatment spans months or even years, are keen observers of how things work or don't work in practice. Staff are the day-to-day providers of this care and together our combined input to the design of the Cancer Centre should ensure a better environment for the future.
 
“The arts provide something to occupy the time, to stimulate ideas and discussion, and to provide calm and areas of contemplation not normally found in hospital environments. They can also help to reduce patients’ anxiety.”
 
Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity has provided a grant of up to £1.7 million for visual and performing arts in the new Cancer Centre. This means that no NHS funds will be required to support the arts programme.
 
Peter Hewitt, Chief Executive of the Charity, said: “We believe that the arts can transform the healthcare environment for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors which is why we have funded this crucial aspect of the new Cancer Centre. We are delighted to be working with artists of the highest quality who are committed to creating a special healing environment and that patients have been so centrally involved throughout the development of the arts programme.”