Artist, illustrator, printmaker and teacher Natasha Russell was recently appointed as the Women and Children’s Unit new artist in residence and has already been on site to develop an engagement plan with local staff and patients.
Natasha was one of 41 artists who applied for the 9-month residency and was selected after a competitive shortlisting process and an interview with a panel comprising NHS Arts co-ordinators and staff from the Unit.
The commission will build on the previous nature inspired art and colourful imagery within the Unit which was drawn directly from woodland surrounding the hospital and will be based on a number of key words such as environment and organic transformation. It will be carried out in collaboration with art students from Larbert High School.
NHS Forth Valley Director for Women and Children’s services, Gillian Morton, explained:
“We are really excited by the scope of this project. We have identified several spaces where we hope to see colour and creativity, including the corridor outside maternity ultrasound, the waiting area next to the labour ward and the waiting area at reception in the main Women and Children’s building which is separate from the main hospital.