Artwork installed in new Sudbury health centre

Artwork is unveiled at Sudbury Community Health Centre. L-R: Frances Tobin (project arts coordinator

Artwork is unveiled at Sudbury Community Health Centre. L-R: Frances Tobin (project arts coordinator), Naomi McIlroy (winner), Peter Gray (runner up) and Simon Gould (development manager). - Credit: Archant

Visitors to the new £10million Sudbury health centre will be greeted by a large-scale mixed media collage of the town’s famous water meadows.

Artwork is unveiled at Sudbury Community Health Centre. Naomi McIlroy is pictured with her winning a

Artwork is unveiled at Sudbury Community Health Centre. Naomi McIlroy is pictured with her winning artwork. - Credit: Archant

The work by Cavendish artist Naomi McIlroy, entitled “Meadow Walk”, was chosen from 36 entries in a competition held last year to involve the community with the health centre project.

The challenge was to find a local artist who could create a piece of artwork that would deliver a sense of wellbeing to patients and staff in the state-of-the-art building.

Now digitally reproduced and installed in a 5metre by 2.5m space on the centre’s atrium wall, the work was unveiled yesterday and will be available to view at an open day on December 20. The public will get a first chance to tour around the long-awaited facility, which has been in the pipeline for more than 30 years.

Two smaller works by the runners-up – Debbie Wendt with her four panel piece “Visions of Sudbury” and Peter Gray with his entry “The Talbot Trail” – have also been placed on permanent display in the centre.

Artwork is unveiled at Sudbury Community Health Centre. Runner up, Peter Gray with his artwork.

Artwork is unveiled at Sudbury Community Health Centre. Runner up, Peter Gray with his artwork. - Credit: Archant


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Andrew Eley, deputy chief operating officer for NHS West Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group, which has commissioned the health centre, said: “These three artworks have been prominently placed in the new health centre and they will undoubtedly have a positive and uplifting effect on patients for many years to come.

“Local people will have a chance to view these pieces, as well as all the other entries which were submitted to the art competition, at the health centre’s open day. The event will also enable people to tour the building and meet with all those involved in delivering this important health facility.”

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