Artworks needed for Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s new wing

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Artists are being asked to come forward with designs for new works which will go on show as part of Sheffield Children’s Hospital’s £40 million revamp.

Artfelt - a scheme which brightens up the hospital with colourful pictures - is seeking expressions of interest for three projects which will be displayed in the new main entrance and atrium area.

Cat Powell, who manages the scheme, said: “What we are doing is a hugely ambitious project. It is the biggest development the hospital has done to date, and gives us a blank canvas. At the moment, the arts strategy is based on working with an existing building, and building on what is already there.

“With the new build we have been involved with everything, from the appointment of the architects, to the light, to ensuring there are clear spaces provided for art in all its forms.

“That is why it is such an exciting opportunity, but we have a lot of money to raise to make it happen.”

The launch comes after Culture, Media and Sport Committee chairman John Whittingdale called on the Arts Council to devote more of its funding to projects outside the capital.

Cat added: “There is so much quality work going on with arts for health in the north, and all patients deserve the same access to the arts while they are in hospital.

“We want to rival anything going on in the field in the capital, and with this project we can.

“We just need the funding so our children can get better more quickly, in an environment that is conducive to that.”

Visit www.artfelt.org.uk for more information about the commissions, which cover the design, manufacture and installation of the artworks.