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A collaborative project with Ann Wilkinson.

 

A Sign of the Times is a valediction of Birmingham’s Selly Oak Hospital, reflecting on its origin as a workhouse in the 1870’s until the present where it now stands empty following transfer of services to a new site.

Throughout its decommission from public service, we explored its history as a place of health and social care, and its eventual redundant position.

The derelict space became a metaphor for the physical and psychological nature of the human condition. The 100 images – painted (Ann Wilkinson) and photographic with drawings (Anne Guest)– represent transient impressions, shards of memory, and random observations.

It an artist’s perspective of the institution. Developed from research into the archives and studies of the abandoned site, the result of this artist collaboration is a collage which considers the long held social values in healthcare in Britain with the ever advancing developments in medicine and technology.