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Examples of Public Art in the South West: Wiltshire


Salisbury District Hospital (1993 - ongoing):

Glass panels by Sif Wolthers (2001).ArtCare, Salisbury District Hospital. Millennium Garden designed by David O’Connor. ArtCare, Salisbury District Hospital.

ArtCare, the arts in health service at Salisbury District Hospital delivers some 40 projects each year, both permanent works and participatory arts activities, in all departments of the hospital. Recent commissions include glass works for the corridors by Sif Wolthers, the Millennium Garden designed by David O'Connor, site-specific paintings in the Eye Clinic and Colposcopy Room by Daphne Gradidge, and a range of murals, sculptures, mosaics, mobiles and integrated interventions by Penny Robbins, ArtCare's permanent artist in residence since 1999.

Contact: Peter Ursem, ArtCare Manager.

Tel: 01722 336262 x 4306 Email: [email protected]


Swindon Public Art Programme (Ongoing):

Wish Hounds by Lou Hamilton (1993) commissioned by Swindon Borough Council. South east Swindon. Brunel North Pole by Tom Dixon (1997), commissioned by Swindon Borough Council. Swindon Town Centre.

Swindon Borough Council has been commissioning public art in the town centre, residential areas, sheltered housing, hospitals, the Museum of the Great Western Railway and other locations since 1988, through a Percent for Art Policy. There are now approximately 50 commissions. These include Wish Hounds (1993) by Lou Hamilton at the south eastern approach to Swindon, a sculpture in three parts - concrete cast lettering, powder coated scrap metal and earthworks in a circle of trees, Brunel North Pole (1997) by Tom Dixon, an electronic lighting work near the multi storey car park which is the outcome of a creative collaboration between the artist and the borough engineers and stained glass by Sasha Ward at Lesley-Ann Skeete Court (2001).

Contact: Celia Yeoman, Public Art Manager, Swindon Borough Council.

Email: [email protected] Website:

City Vistas ('Neither here, nor there', 2006):

'Neither here, nor there' by Lisa Scantlebury, Swindon, New Bridge Square.Photo: Stuart Quinn/Apex; reproduced by kind permission of Axis.

As part of Architecture Week 2006 in the South West region, four cities had their vistas dramatically changed. Huge canvas structures were installed in busy urban spaces during June that aimed to, quite literally, alter the way people see their surroundings; drawing attention to the architectural environment and encouraging a fresh look at familiar surroundings.

In Gloucester, Swindon, Bristol and Plymouth, Bristol-based artist Lisa Scantlebury, erected digitally rendered trompe-l’oeil images. Measuring two and a half metres high by over nine metres wide, the works responded to the characteristics of each individual city and invited passers by to stop and think about how we relate to the urban environment and reconsider the impact it has on daily lives.

The project was funded by Arts Council England (South West).

Follow this link to download a discussion paper about this project in Adobe Acrobat format, 41KB.

Contact: Carolyn Black, Project Manager

Email: [email protected]

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© Public Art South West, February 2007