Artists appointed for the new Truro Health Park development

Following a recruitment campaign that attracted a great response from artists with national and international reputations, Arts for Health Cornwall are delighted to announce that they have appointed four artists to contribute to the exciting new Truro Health Park development. Steve Geliot will be designing courtyard spaces, Will Levi Marshall will work on the flooring patterns and Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi will create artworks to mark the entrances to the Health Park.

Arts for Health Cornwall has been working with Community 1st Cornwall and Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust over the last two years to bring high quality arts contributions to the development. Lead artist Rob Olins with landscape architect Mike Westley ran workshops with local people to get their views on how the arts can help to create a welcoming and therapeutic environment.  The results of these workshops will be used by the artists in establishing their designs.

The artists met in Truro recently to visit the site of the new development and discuss their initial ideas. They will be showcasing their proposals and asking for feedback from the public on October 7th 2008 on Lemon Quay, Truro (more information about this day will be sent out nearer the time).

Jayne Howard, Director of Arts for Health Cornwall, comments:

‘We know that the arts can help to create inspiring spaces in which health care is delivered and make a positive contribution to health and well-being. Over 100 years ago Florence Nightingale identified that colour, images, objects and light all have an effect on our health and most recently this has been endorsed by CABE (the Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) who have developed a campaign to improve health care environments. These artists, working with the architects and Community First Cornwall, will help to create an innovative and high-quality health centre which will promote health and well-being and provide a good experience for the patients who visit and we are delighted to have them working with us’.

Truro Health Park is due to open its doors to the public in 2010 and will replace the existing unsuitable GP premises on Lemon Street and PCT accommodation currently located in The Leats. In addition to the GPs, the development will also allow for the integration of services to provide wider access to other community based health services in one location closer to where people live.

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