Orkney Islands Council
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Arts Opportunities and Funding

NHS Orkney new Hospital and Healthcare Facility – The Balfour

Art Collection Review and Re-display

NHS Orkney has an existing collection of circa 250 artworks, many of which are on display within the existing hospital. These works have been gifted over several decades or resulted from previous commissions. Following consultation with staff, there is a requirement to develop a rationale and scheme for the re-hanging/display of works in the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility and to manage any disposals requirement. The rationale/redisplay will take account of the overall Art Strategy as part of the wayfinding strategy which will be progressed by the Interior Designers (Keppie) and Principle Contractors (Robertson) in other parts of the building. An artist or someone with curatorial/collections management experience is sought to oversee this process, develop a rationale and scheme for the re-hanging/display of works in the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility and to manage any disposals requirement. The collection has already been fully catalogued, and this resource will provide the foundation of this commission.

The full project brief ‘Art Collection Review and Re-display’ can be downloaded from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page.

Transition Arts Project

The move from the existing hospital to the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility is a significant moment for the Orkney community, and as the NHS enters its eighth decade, Orkney looks forward to a new future of healthcare in the county.
An artist is sought for a 6-month residency within the old and new hospital and healthcare facilities, responding to both the history and future of the Balfour and its place within the Orkney community. This is a unique opportunity to respond to this one-off transition, to the built environments, the people and stories associated with the Balfour. The artist is expected to spend in the region of 3 days a month between the sites, which will be negotiated with the project team. It is anticipated that this commission will embrace dialogue with staff, patients and users of the hospitals. The residency will allow unique access to the sites and the artwork created will be presented at the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility, becoming part of the permanent collection of art. An artist is sought to respond to the one-off transition between the old and new Balfour Hospital. The commission is purposefully open to interpretation and artists with a wide range of practices across artforms are encouraged to apply.

The full project brief ‘Transition Arts Project’ can be downloaded from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page.

Integrated Artwork Commission

NHS Orkney, in partnership with Orkney Islands Council, is inviting proposals for new integrated artwork within the new Balfour Hospital and Healthcare Facility. The first in a series of public art commissions focuses on the glazed areas in the main entrance and hub area. Using a common theme to be determined by the artist, it is envisaged that a number of artworks will be installed to create a distinctive identity for this area of the building whilst serving the dual purpose of obscuring the glazing for privacy. NHS Orkney and Orkney Islands Council seeks proposals from suitability qualified and experienced artists to develop the artwork from initial concept through to a fully designed and costed scheme.
The full project brief 'Integrated Artwork Commission' can be downloaded from the ‘Related Downloads’ section of this page.

Artists interested in applying should contact Antony Mottershead, Arts Officer, for supplementary information and plans. Email: antony.mottershead@orkney.gov.uk Telephone 01856873535 Extension 2406.

Visual Artist and Craft Maker Awards: Orkney (Now Closed)

In partnership with Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.

#VACMAScotland

Application deadline: 17:00 Tuesday 2 October 2018 (Now Closed)

The Visual Artist and Craft Makers Awards (VACMA) are a programme of small grants schemes with a range of local authorities and art agencies across Scotland to support visual artists and craft makers in their creative and professional development.

Established by Creative Scotland, these partnerships give support at a local level and work with local panels to offer funds to support practitioners at all stages of their career who have demonstrated a commitment to their work and in developing their practice through new work, new skills or new opportunities.

Awards of £500 and £1,500 are available.

Please refer to the application guidance for full details and how to apply and use the application form available from the 'Related Downloads' section of this page.

For further information, for a word format application form or support with an application please contact:

Antony Mottershead (Arts Officer)

Arts, Museums and Heritage, Orkney Islands Council, Council Offices, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY.

Telephone: 01856873535 extension 2406.

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