The ANCHOR Centre Courtyards Commission

Closing date 1 September 2022

In June 2014, the Scottish Government announced an investment for two new health facilities on the Foresterhill Health Campus in Aberdeen. The plans included a new hospital to replace the existing Aberdeen Maternity Hospital, with the inclusion of breast screening, breast surgery and gynaecology services, as well as a centre for out-patient and day-patient oncology and haematology services. 

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust has been working with NHS Grampian to deliver the arts and environment programme for both facilities. The aim of the Arts Project is; 

To create a well-designed, person-centred and positive visual environment for patients, staff and visitors. 

The ANCHOR Centre will be a state-of-the-art, purpose-built facility for oncology and haematology out-patient and day-patient services to enhance and support the provision of clinical care. The ANCHOR Centre is one of two new facilities opening on the Foresterhill Health Campus, as part of the Scottish Government’s £244.8 million investment into building development on the site.

GHAT is seeking applicants who can demonstrate strong visual art and design skills, with a practice with a background in gardening or landscaping. They will also require a background in consultation methods which include the stakeholders in the design of the work. The role of the artist/landscaper will be to work with GHAT, NHS Grampian other key stakeholders to create work for The ANCHOR Centre’s 6 external courtyards. The some of the courtyards will be fully accessible while others will be closed to public access however all will be visible from other parts of the building.

These courtyards are focal points for the users of the building, giving a view of the outside. The aim of this commission is the creation of engaging and accessible outside spaces.

The Artist will work closely with NHSG staff and patient groups to:

  • integrate artwork into the full environmental design linking architecture, interior design and wayfinding;
  • create artwork which will sustain the interest of viewers and that will not readily date and which retains interest on repeated viewing;
  • create artwork which is visually interesting, relevant and promotes a positive sense of wellbeing;
  • make effective use of links with the organisations and groups in the immediate area.

The project will be managed by the GHAT Senior Manager Projects with support from a dedicated Project Assistant.


GHAT is looking for someone who is a graduate with at least two years’ experience, and who has gardening or horticulture as a key component of their art practise.

Desired skills:

  1. Knowledge of contemporary arts practice at a national and international level.
  2. Knowledge of the skills required to deliver a socially engaged participatory project
  3. Experience in landscaping or knowledge of horticulture.

Full details of the brief, including Main tasks, Fee, Budget and Supporting documents, can be downloaded from this link.

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