Artist, Andy Burgess, visits Chelsea and Westminster Hospital to see his artworks in situ
A series of artworks by Andy Burgess have been unveiled in the new neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
The works are part of a partnership between Cynthia Corbett Gallery and CW+, the hospital’s official charity, and have been created by British-born, US-based Burgess to create a more-therapeutic and calming environment for patients, families, and staff.
Initial consultations started in 2020, with several virtual sessions taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Hospital staff were then invited to take photos of their favourite local locations, particularly places they felt invoked a sense of warmth, welcome, and familiarity.
Burgess used these photographs for his design inspiration and after extensive staff consultation and feedback sessions, final designs were developed.
Known for his unique, abstract, and colourful style, Burgess has transformed selected London scenes into eye-catching artworks.
The display includes a panorama of London, an image of Albert Bridge, and another of a London Underground station.
Additionally, Burgess produced two smaller scale abstract pieces developed from the colour palettes of his larger works, which were gifted as part of the commission.
And CW+ acquired two existing works by the same artist through the Cynthia Corbett Gallery.
Speaking while visiting the hospital to see his work in situ, Burgess said: “It has been fantastic to work in close collaboration with CW+ and the wonderful staff that make up the NICU team.
“It has been a tremendously-inspiring journey that I am delighted I was a part of, and it was great to see the works in person.
“Now that the artworks are installed, I hope they have a positive impact on staff and make a real difference to parents.”
Trystan Hawkins, director of patient environment at CW+, added: “It has been a real pleasure working with such a talented artist such as Andy.
“The artworks look incredible and will really improve the environment for NICU staff and provide a welcome distraction for parents and visitors.”
And Cynthia Valianti Corbett, founder and director of Cynthia Corbett Gallery, said: “We are greatly honoured to have facilitated this extraordinary collaboration between long-standing gallery artist, Andy Burgess, and the remarkable team at CW+, for such an important new unit at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital.
“After the challenging last two years, the beauty and positivity of this artistic project is so meaningful for all involved, including medical staff, overall hospital personnel, and, most importantly, parents and patients of the NICU ward.”