Since late 2016, artist Lucy Steggals has been in residence at Papworth Hospital as part of their Artist in Residence programme led by Wysing Arts Centre. She is working on a project called Florulary, a series of seasonal experiments working with staff, patients, visitors, artists and experts to find playful formulae to re insert the floral into the Hospital environment.
She aims to re-imagine the future of flowers and to create something that can replace organic flowers (which are no longer allowed on wards) but which still carry some of the feeling and sentiment of the gift of flowers.
In her initial research into the Papworth archives, she has uncovered a rich legacy of floral images and materials relating to Papworth’s floral past and the flower festival that took place until the 1970s.
Over the next 12 months, until the opening of the new Papworth hospital in April 2018, Lucy will be undertaking floral interventions across the site and will create a collection of prints disseminated to the Hospital staff.
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The Artist in Residence programme for Papworth Hospital is delivered by Wysing Arts Centre and is part of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus Public Art Strategy led by Futurecity on behalf of Cambridge Medipark Limited.