Artful additions sought for unit

As part of the project to build the Margaret Kerr Unit, a specialist, purpose-built in-patient palliative care unit at Borders General Hospital, local artists are being offered the chance to contribute to this building.

The intention is to create an environment where the emotional, spiritual and social needs of palliative care patients are met – and quality art has a part to play in achieving this aim.

Art will be installed in two phases – the first will consist of a small number of integrated pieces to be completed by the end of November 2012, with the second phase focusing on moveable art that can be retro-fitted once the construction part of the project has been completed at the end of this year.

Executive lead for the project, Dr Ross Cameron, said: “The Margaret Kerr Unit will be a very special facility for the people of the Borders. As a charitably-funded project, a significant proportion of the money raised to build the unit has been generated in the Borders, and we want to give local artists the chance to put their stamp on it. We are looking for artists who would be interested in applying for a commission for work to be displayed in the new unit to give it a unique and distinct interior.”

For further information on how to get involved, phone 01896 828294.