Environment

We use artwork to transform and enhance our centres to create welcoming spaces to benefit the health and wellbeing of our patients, families, staff and visitors. Displaying stimulating and uplifting artwork in both the public and clinical areas of our centres offers a wealth of benefits including promoting recovery, staff wellbeing and a positive visitor experience.

Find out about some of the artwork on display at our Clatterbridge Cancer Centre sites below.

Tree Levels, Rachael Howard, 2020

Location: Across all Levels, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool

Rachael was inspired by the biophilic theme and colours of Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool's interior design, taking the textures and shapes of trees - especially their fruits, nuts and blossoms - to make distinctive wayfinding motifs relating to the colours of each floor level, and to their symbolism in connection with health and wellbeing. She began with the strong and dependable oak tree, focusing on its fruit of the acorn as a motif for the entrance level of the Centre.

Rachael enjoys mixing pigment dyes and painting with the squeegee to achieve a mix of colours and textures across a design, with this technique being described as ‘rainbow squeegee’ painting. The motifs all began as small-scale stencil screen-printed artwork, with the size of the designs increased to suit the spaces in the hospital corridors, with the mix of colours and gestural marks being enhanced at a larger scale. It is the large-scale zoomed-in marks and the vibrancy of the colour mixes that Rachael finds most exciting and one that she felt was appropriate to apply to the distinctive silhouettes of the tree related motifs. It is the bright colours and lively nature of the motifs that she hopes will be most enjoyed.

Rachael Howard is a Wirral-based textile designer, artist and lecturer. Rachael was one of the first Royal College of Art postgraduate students of Embroidery, and since then has pioneered a mix of screen printing and embroidery techniques with a lively style, often telling stories of the ‘everyday’. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and in the North West has shown at the Bluecoat Display Centre Liverpool, the Williamson Art Gallery - Birkenhead and the Waterside Art Centre in Manchester. Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Textile Design at Bath School of Design.



Primavera, Emma Rogers, 2020

Location: Winter Gardens, Level M3, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool

This piece denotes the season of early spring and the inspiration for the sculpture is from a phrase “After the winter must come the spring”. Emma thinks this describes all life and nature simply but beautifully - growth, renewal, hope, love. This also links to the Winter Gardens where it is sited.

The tree is hand-sculpted and fabricated from stainless steel, patinated with highlights of gold leaf. The tree trunk and branches are stainless steel and the leaves are hand-cut sheet brass. Details of the silhouettes of the leaves are layered to give the impression of light breaking through them on a sunny day. The leaves are cut individually, however they are actually silhouettes of doves. From afar they appear to be leaves on the tree, but when you get closer you realise they are flocks of birds flying through the landscape. The flock of birds will grow over time due to doves being added to represent donations to the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity. By purchasing a dove, you can help to raise funds for this important charity, which supports additional services, facilities and research for patients.

The Winter Gardens is a beautiful and peaceful space, allowing patients, visitors and staff some time to contemplate and breathe in fresh air, or to simply relax and catch up with friends. It is a space which will continue to evolve and Emma feels privileged to be a small part of this, especially as the donations raised from the doves can continue to grow and help to support The Clatterbridge Cancer NHS Foundation Trust.

If you would like to support the Charity you can sponsor one of our doves. The doves are available in a variety of sizes and prices, and can be personalised with a message of your choice. Personalisation will be carried out by the artist before being added to the sculpture. Please contact the Clatterbridge Cancer Charity team on 0151 556 5566 or via fundraising@clatterbridgecc.nhs.uk.

This artwork was kindly funded by Medicash.


Our Melody Unwound, Liz West, 2020

Location: Level M1, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool

Liz’s new and original work forms part of her ongoing series of spatial light works, based on personal research into wellbeing, human colour perception and light fields. This series is transforming architectural spaces and public environments, creating vivid environments that mix luminous colour and radiant light. Liz likes to provoke a heightened sensory awareness in the viewer by exploring how sensory phenomena can invoke psychological and physical responses that tap into our own deeply entrenched relationships to colour.

This work at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Liverpool is a site-specific response to the location, creating a new space within the building for exploration and discovery. It depicts and symbolises a physical and metaphorical meeting point of both colours and people within the space. Covering a selection of the walls of Level M1, this immersive installation helps to join together the different paths across the space. The visually rich multicoloured stripes collectively become softer and gentler, creating a mesmerising mass when viewed from all angles. Our Melody Unwound appears to change and morph as you move around the space. The work encourages your eye and your body to follow the work around the space on a visual journey, with different perspectives offering intriguing colourways and kaleidoscopic visuals.

The work is inspired by Liz’s knowledge of and empathy for the experience of cancer patients, as well as the building’s architecture and interior design. Derived from nature, the colour palette aims to encourage positive associations, memories, and experiences of colour. Liz makes these colour choices and arrangements instinctively and intuitively, experimenting in colour mixing and blending to focus on the interaction of colours, as well as carefully composing a spatial balance between geometric elements and forms. Liz hopes that this luminous and considered mix of vibrant colours encourages a sense of wellbeing and brings joy to you.

Liz West graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1987, and lives and works in Macclesfield. She has been commissioned by the Natural History Museum, Natural England, National Trust, the London Design Festival, Salford University, Allenshead Contemporary Arts, Eden Arts and the Bristol Biennial, as well as private clients. Her work has been included in exhibitions at the Royal British Society of Sculptors, Cornerhouse Manchester, Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Gallery, Chester Cathedral, Compton Verney, and internationally in Milan, Dubai, Paris, Berlin and New York.


Lift, Leo Fitzmaurice, 2020

Location: Level M1, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool

Leo’s recent work has taken language as its focus, and in particular, the way words are presented in the public spaces we visit. For this commission at The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Leo was inspired by the light and architecture of the atrium space and the wayfinding that denotes each Level with a different shade or colour. This experience of light, space and colour are things that visitors and patients alike naturally respond to, so Leo’s approach was to free these elements from their everyday duties, as it were, giving people the opportunity to enjoy their environment in a new and uplifting way.

Leo’s wish was to harness the essence of these observations to produce a piece that complimented the atrium space - giving it a sense of playful animation - with the end result being both physical and light, and open to interpretation.

Leo Fitzmaurice lives and works in Merseyside. He studied painting at Liverpool Polytechnic and Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2012 he was the recipient of the 5th Northern Art Prize. In 2018/19, Leo worked with The Arts Council Collection and the Walker Art Gallery to produce an exhibition ‘Between You Me and Everything Else’. Currently he is working on a permanent commission for Thames Tideway at Chambers Wharf, London. Leo’s work is in many collections including The Arts Council Collection, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Manchester Art Gallery, The Royal London Hospital, and numerous private collections. Leo Fitzmaurice is represented by The Sunday Painter, London.


Timeline, Professor Sun Myint, 2020 (Created in collaboration with Emma Rodgers and Gillian Kirby)

Location: Level 0, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool

Timeline is a fascinating artwork to remind us of the events that took place along the journey of Clatterbridge, from its inception as the first cancer hospital in Liverpool city centre in the early 1860’s to present day. Professor Sun Myint has been working for the Trust for the past 40 years and has seen many big changes and events in that times, some of which are referenced below and included in the artwork.

The original cancer hospital moved from Liverpool to the Wirral in 1958 when Clatterbridge started treating patients with the 'Mullard' linear accelerator, which helped to improve outcomes for more deep-seated cancers. These cancers were difficult to cure, with low energy X-rays only available at that time.

Then, in 1989 at Clatterbridge, the first proton beam for eye melanoma was generated from the Douglas Cyclotron machine. By 2015, over 2,600 patients had been treated in this manner and to this day, Clatterbridge remains the national referral centre for eye melanomas..

In 1993, the pioneering Papillon technique, developed for the treatment of rectal cancer -was introduced at Clatterbridge, the first hospital in the UK to do so. The Clatterbridge Cancer NHS Foundation Trust is now a world leader in this innovative radiotherapy technique, which has improved the quality of life in many rectal cancer patients through avoidance of extirpative surgery and a stoma.

In 2011, the Novalis TX radiation treatment system was installed at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre - Aintree. This was followed by the Trust commissioning a state-of-the-art Varian 'Edge' Linear Accelerator in 2015.

In 2020, the Trust celebrated the opening of the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool, which provides easy access for cancer patients from north of the River Mersey. One of the most intriguing panels featured on the Timeline artwork focusses on a small, blue medicine bottle found on the site when the contractors were digging the foundations for the new hospital.

We hope you enjoy the journey of The Clatterbridge Cancer NHS Foundation Trust as presented through Timeline.

Professor Sun Myint has been painting for over 50 years in Myanmar, where he is originally from. He is a well-established artist and has exhibited regularly locally, nationally and internationally since 1964. He was commissioned to paint portraits of H.E. Col. Hla Han, former Myanmar Minister for Health, and Dr Jane Barrette OBE, who was the President of the Royal College of Radiologists (RCR) between 2010-13. Professor Sun Myint and Dr Jane Barrette OBE served together on the RCR council.


Blossom, Lin Holland, Jane Poulton and Stephen Heaton, 2020

Location: Level 4, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool

The multi-disciplinary artwork Blossom was made for the Reflective Space at Clatterbridge Cancer Centre, Liverpool.

It includes a film-collage with soundtrack, a window screen and a suite of seven large photographs.

The making of the work began in spring when the blossom trees were in full bloom, and continued throughout the coming months as the hospital was nearing completion.

Blossom celebrates the universal, transformative power of nature through the changing qualities of light as it appears in the natural world. From reflections on a river to sunlight filtering through a petal or blazing like fire at the tide’s edge, the film explores the elusive ‘moments of wonder’ that inspire quiet contemplation.

The photographs and the design of the window screen echo the imagery captured in the film, while the multi-layered soundscape is built around the patterns, sounds and structures found in nature.


Our Space, Rachael Howard, 2020

Location: Teenage and Young Adult Social Space, Level 5, Clatterbridge Cancer Centre – Liverpool

Staff, patients and parents of patients created a variety of artwork through a series of workshops delivered by Rachael at the Teenage and Young Adults lunch club over a number of weeks. Participants had a go at techniques like stencil screen printing and carbon printing, both low-tech approaches that could be happily delivered in the small but cosy lunch club room. They also took part in a fun poetry workshop with renowned poet John Hegley, who Rachael invited to be part of the workshops to add a handwritten element to the design outcomes.

Their work has been developed into designs for the Teenage and Young Adult recreation room. The wallpaper is a result of tree-themed acrostic poems made with John Hegley, which forms a backdrop to a series of framed posters of a variety of artworks made by patients in the workshops, some of which have been digitally reworked into repeat patterns. Working with the patients and sharing artistic skills has been great fun and has resulted in a series of wonderfully varied and lively posters.

Rachael’s intention is that the recreation room is populated with artwork created by the patients and that artworks may be refreshed and ever changing, following a continuation of the workshops being delivered by artists.

Rachael Howard is a Wirral-based textile designer, artist and lecturer. Rachael was one of the first Royal College of Art postgraduate students of Embroidery, and since then has pioneered a lively mix of screen printing and embroidery techniques with a lively style often telling stories of the ‘everyday’. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and in the North West has shown at the Bluecoat Display Centre Liverpool, the Williamson Art Gallery - Birkenhead and the Waterside Art Centre in Manchester. Rachael is a Senior Lecturer in Textile Design at Bath School of Design.