Ambitious arts programme enhances new Cancer Centre

An ambitious programme of arts is unwrapped as the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s opens the doors to its first patients today (26 September).

We have funded the programme – part of our overall support for the new Centre – to help transform the experience of those undergoing cancer treatment through high quality, specially commissioned pieces of art.

The Cancer Centre at Guy’s is a £160 million new facility designed by world-renowned architects Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners and specialist healthcare architects Stantec. It brings together most of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust cancer treatment with cancer researchers from King’s College London under one roof.

Five contemporary art installations complement the award-winning design to create a unique and welcoming environment for people living with cancer, their families, staff and visitors.

The Cancer Centre features artworks from internationally acclaimed artists: Turner Prize nominee Angela Bulloch, Gitta Gschwendtner, Karel Martens and Mariele Neudecker and Daniel Silver. London-born Silver has produced ‘The Boat’, a 3-metre bronze sculpture standing at the entrance of the Centre, which was inspired by a Roman boat buried almost five metres beneath the Cancer Centre.

People affected by cancer have been at the heart of the development of the arts programme from concept to delivery. Patients and staff helped select the artists for the new building.

The programme has been curated and delivered by cultural placemaking specialists Futurecity and commissioned by Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. It has been funded through a grant of £1.7 million from us and donations from generous supporters.

Kieron Boyle, our Chief Executive says: “As a charity, we passionately believe in the power of the arts to improve people’s health. We hope our support will enable the new Cancer Centre at Guy’s to transform the experience of people undergoing cancer treatment. Being treated for cancer can be one of the most difficult times in someone’s life, the varied arts programme embedded in the fabric of this landmark new building should give people a chance to contemplate, rest and be inspired.”

In addition to the bespoke pieces, 17 artworks from our collection of fine arts and heritage have also been installed at the Centre, including works by renowned artists Elizabeth Frink, Patrick Heron and David Blackburn. 


Photographs by Nick Turner and Ron Bambridge, courtesy of Futurecity and Pentagram.


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