InSite Arts' overarching public art strategy supported the application for public art funding of the King's Health Cancer Centre and was successfully approved. The strategy was developed through close consultation with the Project Steering Group and the Arts Reference Group which includes Trust Project Management Representation, Design team and contractor representatives, the Charity and staff and patient representatives.
The public art strategy for the Cancer Centre has been developed by InSite Arts through close consultation with the Project Steering Group and the Arts Reference Group which includes Trust Project Management Representation, Design team and contractor representatives, the Charity and staff and patient representatives. The strategy represents the point in the development of the art programme where the key principles and approaches have been identified. The detail of each commission opportunity, the programme and the associated briefing documents will be developed on the adoption of the Strategy and on confirmation of funding. This will be achieved through ongoing consultation with the partners and key stakeholders and reference groups who have been consulted to date. The breadth of the consultation will also widen throughout the next stage of delivery.
The Art strategy establishes a highly integrated and diverse art programme that enhances the design principles of the new building. It contributes to the character distinctions of the villages and enables the development of a programme of artwork that supports the Cancer Centre's key aspiration for a new environment for patients, their friends and family on their personal journeys through cancer treatment. Equally significant is a desire for the art programme to animate the building for staff and those using the building on daily basis. The art programme seeks to create a framework for the meaningful integration of the arts into the physical and social infrastructure of the Cancer Centre that engages across all the communities using the building and its facilities. The strategy sees the value of working with artists in both the creative process and in the outcomes, emphasizing research and community engagement to create site and context specific art interventions.
The strategy has been developed with regard to the innovative approach towards design for the new Cancer Centre. The strategic objectives of the art programme are to commission artworks that contribute to the ease and comfort of the journey through the Centre. This journey extends from the integrated work, developed in collaboration with the project architects, to the evolving and temporary programme that roots the Cancer Centre firmly to its locality – the historical and topographic context of the London Bridge area.