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St Charles Centre for Health and
Wellbeing, London

Commissioned by Nightingale Projects for Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust.
Summer 2021 +  Winter 2022

This two-phase commission for Nightingale Projects includes a series of window installations and wall drawings that bring life to three main corridors and the Thames Ward, an acute inpatient mental health ward. The window designs enliven the public corridors in the building, while the artworks on walls bring warmth to ‘in-between’ spaces that previously lacked character and ambiance. The installations aim to enhance the quality of the environment for the staff and patients who work and live in the wards.

Waves of Light, 2021
Site-responsive vinyl window installations
Dimensions vary

Each of the hospital wards is named after famous rivers around the world. Grady’s designs for the Thames Ward imagine the ripples, waves and flows of water running through the building using curved lines and alternating colour palettes to create movement and change around the site. The bright colours are inspired by her daily walks along the river Thames considering the ever changing tones of the water as it reflects the sky in golden yellow hues. Each area of the ward has a different colour palette that relates to the vinyl arcs in the surrounding corridor windows.

Thank you to Dulux, Tesa tape and Vinyl Lettering UK for generously supporting this project.

Further images of Waves of Light
Further images of Ripple Effect

Photos by Dan Weill Photography (Thames Ward interiors) additional images © The Artist
The arc shapes acts as ripples and waves that move across the corridors and communal areas in the hospital wards. Grady uses a variety of colours to define zones including yellow and ochre palettes to introduce sunlight into the with no natural light and calming blues, purples and green in the lounges. 


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