Local people are being invited to give feedback at event showcasing artists ideas for the new Truro Health Park development.

Artists working on designs to integrate the arts into the new Truro Health Park development will be showcasing their ideas and asking for feedback from members of the local community on October 7th 2008, on Truro’s Lemon Quay. 

The ‘Arts for Health’ tent will be open to the public from 10.30am to 6pm and will include a variety of designs and interactive displays, as well as offering a chance for those interested in the Truro Health Park development to meet the artists and designers involved and get their opinions and suggestions across.

Sally May, Director of Finance, Cornwall and Isles of Scilly PCT, said: “ We’re really keen to involve local people and to give them a real sense of ownership for the Truro Health Park development. The arts can really have a positive impact on people’s health and we want to make sure the environment is conducive to helping our patients to feel as relaxed as possible when visiting the premises.”

The Arts can bring a wealth of emotion, beauty and opportunity to reflect to any environment, and can transform the way visitors perceive a building.  This can be particularly important in a healthcare environment, where patients may be harbouring a range of uncomfortable emotions such as anxiety, fear, restlessness, boredom or depression.  The careful integration of the Arts can help to address these issues in a non-obtrusive, gentle manner, helping to subtly transform the way they interact with such spaces.

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.  There are now four further artists working on the project; Steve Geliot is designing courtyard spaces, Will Levi Marshall is working on the flooring patterns and Gloria Ronchi and Claudio Benghi are designing artworks to mark the entrances to the Health Park.

Jayne Howard, Director of Arts for Health Cornwall, said: “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 1st Cornwall, will help to create an innovative and high-quality health park 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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