The ANCHOR Centre Interior Artworks 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.

Following a public consultation exercise in 2015, it was decided that the new facility would be called The ANCHOR Centre in line with the ‘ANCHOR’ brand (Aberdeen and North Centre for Haematology, Oncology and Radiotherapy) and its affiliated charity, Friends of ANCHOR, with the branding being in use for 25 years this year.

GHAT is seeking an individual who can demonstrate a strong record of participatory visual arts practice with a with a background in public commissions. The role of the artist will be to work with GHAT, NHS Grampian and other key stakeholders to create artwork for the new The ANCHOR Centre for the following locations:

  • Main entrance
  • Waiting areas including OPD and treatment area
  • Treatment area
  • 1st floor corridor windows
  • Feature stairs
  • Lift lobbies

The Artist will work closely with NHSG staff,  patient groups and other key stakeholders including e.g. Friends of ANCHOR  contributors 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.


GHAT is looking for someone who is an arts graduate with at least two years’ experience.

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 of working in public art projects

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

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