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This website has been established to provide a record of the Public Art Project within the new Fort William Health Centre. In addition, we hope that it will be used as a source of information for similar projects, and will be added to and developed through users' comments and suggestions. Whilst looking at this specific project and the experiences of those involved, we hope to provide a link to current theories and projects elsewhere, and to use the Research & Links section to build an archive of useful information which can be added to and developed over time.
Fort William Health Centre opened in May 2007 to the general public. The building project was financed and managed by Apollo Capital Projects Limited T/A PMP Plus. The building project is the first time that all health services within the greater Fort William area, including General Practices, Dentistry, and Community Health Care, have joined together in a purpose built facility.
Set amongst spectacular scenery, the building provides a focus not only for Fort William but also the wider Lochaber community. There was an opportunity within this new building to display some of the very best visual work created by local artists as part of a public art project. Within this project the interior design, graphic design and visual features within the Health Centre will help make it unique and welcoming, celebrating the culture within the area, and ensures that the building is one of which the whole community can be proud.
A Steering Committee and new arts organisation, Fort William Medical Centre Project Limited, formed in September 2006 comprised of clients of the building project who wished to ensure that art works would be used throughout the building to enhance the interior and exterior as a public art project. This group comprised representatives from the three GP Practices in Fort William, the NHS Highland Trust and from the Fort William Community Council. An independent arts coordinator was contracted in June 2006 to lead on all elements of this project.