The Waiting Rooms photography commissions will deliver a permanent collection of photographic artworks sited across each of the 37 public waiting rooms within the new hospital.
Underlining a sense of place connecting patients and the local environment, the four themes chosen for the photography programme are Sussex, South Downs, Brighton and Coast.
The commissions aim to create a strong and welcoming identity for the Hospital and to reflect the culture and identity of the local community. The photographers will be asked to convey an experience and understanding of the spirit of place, by connecting with local people and communities.
These commissions will play an important role within this world-class health facility. The photographs will become a source of contemplation and pleasure during potential times of stress, distress or discomfort for patients, visitors and staff.
Internationally-recognised photographer Helen Sear, has been appointed as Lead Photographer to produce Sussex themed commissioned work.
Helen Sear’s commission will include research into forgotten Sussex footpaths and road ways with an exploration of the passage of time, people, and animals across the county.
Three additional photographers will join Lead Photographer Helen Sear, and have all been appointed to create a portfolio of images in response to the themes South Downs, Brighton and Coast. Murray Ballard, Zoe Childerley, and Celine Marchbank have each been selected from a nationwide open call, and will create works for the project through local community engagement over the next 18 months.
Murray Ballard’s work on the South Downs will be informed by historic folklore and explore how the landscape and its mythology are entwined.
Zoe Childerley will dive, float, paddle, sail and walk with local communities, anchoring seascape imagery in concepts of ‘beneath the waves’, ‘on the surface’ and ‘at the edge’.
Celine Marchbank has proposed a series evoking the sense of place, familiarity, well-being and comfort that home brings. She intends to work with Brighton residents whose personal stories and direct experiences of illness and hospitals will be central to the work.
The appointed photographers will research relevant locations across the county and will also look to work directly with local communities to develop a creative collection of images to enliven the waiting rooms and contribute to patient wellbeing.