Project with British artist Andy Burgess spotlighted outside Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
Leading British/Arizona based artist Andy Burgess is creating a series of site-specific artworks for the new Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, as part of an exciting partnership between CW+ and the internationally acclaimed Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
The new project is now being spotlighted in a temporary digital display, available for the public to view on Fulham Road, next to the hospital’s main entrance. The installation opened this week as part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week (KCAW), celebrating the uniquely abundant cultural heritage and creative future of the Royal Borough.
“We’ve partnered with KCAW for years, working to bring elements of our arts in health programme into the local community,” says Trystan Hawkins, Director of Patient Environment at CW+.
“This year, we’re proud to be able to showcase our collaboration with Andy Burgess to passers-by on Fulham Road, providing the public with a unique lens into our hospital.”
CW+ and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital have been at the forefront of the arts in health field for over a quarter of a century. This project with Andy Burgess coincides with the official opening of the new NICU this week, named the ‘Khoo Teck Puat Neonatal Intensive Care Unit’, which has been expanded to provide life-saving care for an additional 150 babies a year, as well as providing comfortable accommodation and quiet, peaceful rooms for parents to spend time away from the unit.
Known for his dramatic and colourful architectural scenes, Burgess has been working in close collaboration with the NICU team, transforming elements of the Kensington and Chelsea neighbourhoods and iconic London iconic views to create contemporary designs in his unique, geometric, Modernistic style for the new unit.
We have also acquired two artworks by Andy Burgess through the Cynthia Corbett Gallery. Wexler Steel House – Zig Zag Roof, 2017 and Modern House II, 2020 are now in the NICU waiting area, offering a much-needed sense of calm and visual distraction to parents and relatives.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with the staff at Chelsea and Westminster, and it’s so exciting to be showcasing this project as part of Kensington + Chelsea Art Week,” says Burgess, “I am looking forward to seeing the artwork installed later this summer, as part of the newly-refurbished Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.”
The post office window exhibit will be on display from 24th June 2021. More information on this commission can be found here.