Borderers invited to leave an impression on Margaret Kerr Unit

People from across the Borders are being invited to make their own contribution to a piece of art, Lasting Impressions, that is being produced to reflect donations to the Margaret Kerr Unit appeal.

Lasting Impressions will be a mosaic of handmade tiles created by Jedburgh-based artist Clair Norris. Each tile will be imprinted with fabrics and objects that will give it texture. The tiles will be built up into hexagonal panels flowing across the wall of a day lounge in the new palliative care unit at the Borders General Hospital (BGH). Their layout will hint at the Borders’ rolling hills and rivers, and the patchwork of fields.

“Art will be an embedded component of the Margaret Kerr Unit and it aspires to offer calming reflection and uplifting enjoyment of the arts during a patient’s stay in the unit,” explains Jane Kelly, art co-ordinator for the unit.

“An increasing body of research evidences that well designed environments can contribute to health and wellbeing. This is deemed particularly significant for hospitals where the stress experienced by patients and visitors can be reduced by a healing environment created through a co-ordinated combination of architecture, interior design, landscape and art. Seven artists have been commissioned to contribute to the unit.”

The team behind the unit would like as many people as possible to contribute to Lasting Impressions and a drop-in workshop is being held on Thursday, September 6, at the education centre at the BGH, 10am-4pm.

Visitors could create a tile in memory of a loved one, or to represent a donation to the appeal, or for any other reason. It takes about 10 minutes.

Items used in past projects have included wedding rings, other jewellery and vintage lace. The item will not be damaged by the process.

The design of Lasting Impressions allows for growth and new panels will be added over time.

Booking is not necessary, but it would be helpful if people intending to participate phoned Clare Oliver on 01896 828261.