Two Orkney artists are to have their work showcased in the islands new hospital when it opens its doors for the first time in June.
Samantha Clark will create a new piece for the central hub space within the building, drawing on elements of the natural world.
Last year, she was awarded a Scottish Book Trust New Writers Award.
She said: “I am excited to be asked to develop artwork for this beautiful new hospital building.
“I am working on designs for a mural which will run along the walls and internal glazing in the central lobby area. These will be based on drawings derived from the dynamic natural environment of Orkney, particularly the constant movement of the sea that surrounds us here.”
Meanwhile, visual artist Jack Whitwell will work over a period of several months responding to the moment of transition to between the old and new Balfour hospitals to create a permanent exhibition for the facility.
He exhibited work nationwide, including at the Royal Scottish Academy Open.
He said: “My proposal responds to the transition of cultures, traditions and industries that have shaped Orkney.
“My proposed sculptures will respond to these changes and how they shaped the people that call the island their home.
“I am looking forward to working closely with NHS staff and members of the public, creating work which reflects the positive impact that the new hospital will provide.”
A third commission has also been awarded to The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) who will develop a scheme of work to manage the hospital’s existing art collections and re-present it, where possible, within the new Balfour Hospital.
Ann McCarlie, project director for the new hospital, said: “The letting of these three commissions is an exciting first phase in the development of the art strategy for the Balfour.
“The commissions are supported by contributions from Robertson and the Orkney Health Board Endowment Fund and will enhance the experience of patients, staff and visitors in the new building.”