Case Studies

Macmillan Renton Unit at Hereford Hospital

  • Artist(s):
    Emma Waller, Petter Southall, Jean Miller, Tamsin Abbott
  • Artform(s):
    Glass, sculpture, printmaking
  • Commissioner(s):
    Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Funder(s):
    Macmillan Cancer Support
  • Venue(s):
    Macmillan Renton Unit, Herefordshire
  • Health Need(s):
    Cancer Care and Support
Summary:
Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned Willis Newson to create and deliver a public art plan for the new Macmillan Renton Unit (MRU).

Project Information

Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned Willis Newson to create and deliver a public art plan for the new Macmillan Renton Unit (MRU). Research including engagement with stakeholders, initial visioning workshops with staff, patients and visitors and consultation with the design team identified key areas – the two entrances, the reception area and desk, the waiting area and an accessible garden. Feedback suggested stained glass would be well-received, as would art making reference to the locality and life-affirming themes such as natural growth, and images that could transport and distract. These provided the guiding themes for two main commissioned artists.

Local artist Emma Waller designed and installed glazing pieces for the two entrances, reception desk and as wheelchair screening in reception. Further pieces made by staff and patients in a participatory workshop hang in a corridor connecting the MRU with the main hospital. Based on the Malvern landscape, her colour palette was devised in consultation with the design team. The works aim to welcome, calm and distract.

Petter Southall created sculptural seating for the courtyard garden. The lines of his benches, made from Herefordshire oak, reflect the curves and circles of the landscaping. Playful in design, the seats are comfortable, designed for easy maintenance and help create a calming, reflective space. We also sited donated prints by a cancer patient and local artist, Jean Miller. A further glass panel for a treatment area by another local artist, Tamsin Abbott, features natural themes.

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Photography credit: Paul Highnam

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