We are excited to announce a new collaboration with British-born, US-based artist Andy Burgess to create a series of artworks for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. The project, facilitated by the Cynthia Corbett Gallery, will transform the NICU environment for patients, relatives and staff.
Working in close collaboration with the NICU team, Burgess will be reminiscing on the hospital’s neighbourhoods and its iconic views, sights and buildings in collaboration with hospital staff. The selected London scenes will be transformed by the artist in his unique, abstract, geometric style and printed on medically compliant vinyl – to then be installed in corridors and waiting areas of NICU.
“This project inspires me tremendously and I’m excited to be embarking on this creative journey with the hospital and CW+,” explains Burgess. “I am delighted to have been identified for this unique opportunity and to be working with NICU staff to contribute to the improvement of the environment in this innovative way.”
Burgess, who has made a name for himself exploring the relationship between modernist architecture and contemporary painting, aims to instil the artwork with feelings of positivity and calmness, while staying true to his British and London heritage and his love of early 20th century art, architecture and collage. He will be creating a multi-layered narrative, incorporating his signature open primary colours and clean lines.
Trystan Hawkins, Director of Patient Environment at CW+ explains: “We are thrilled to be working with Andy Burgess to transform NICU with staff-led local cityscapes. We know that art and the physical environment plays an important role in patient, family and staff wellbeing so we’re delighted to be able to introduce Andy’s dynamic and inspiring designs to bring colour, peace and hopefully a welcome distraction to parents and family members who are often spending long periods of time in NICU.”
This commission is part of our arts in health programme, which aims to create healing environments in both clinical and non-clinical spaces for our patients and staff, using art as a tool to enhance healing.