Mark-1 The world’s first whole-body MRI Scanner

Mark-1 is the world’s first clinically-used whole-body MRI Scanner, designed and built in the late 1970s by physicists and technical staff in the Medical Physics Department of the University of Aberdeen. It was used in 1980 for the first-ever diagnostic MRI body scan. More than 1000 patients were scanned on Mark-1 before it was replaced in 1983. The story of MRI began in Aberdeen in the early 1960s, when a young researcher named John Mallard studied the magnetic properties of electrons in tissue samples. John Mallard moved to Aberdeen in 1965, to take up the newly-created Chair of Medical Physics. Professor Mallard was still very interested in the possible medical uses of magnetic resonance, and he appointed Jim Hutchison to work on this. In the early 1970s Jim started putting together equipment to measure magnetic resonance signals from hydrogen in tissue samples. in 2013 GHAT was asked to house Mark-1 in The Suttie Arts Space which was still at planning stage. Mark-1 is now on permanent display in The Suttie Arts Space, alongside a documentary film by Rob Page (Schedule D Productions), which was commissioned by GHAT as part of an ongoing interpretation project.    

Making Connections

The Suttie Arts Space GHATReport 2016 Making Connections (abridged)

Willie Rodger

b. 1930 After training at Glasgow School of Art and exhibiting widely, Rodger later took on a post as an art teacher at a Glasgow high school whilst continuing to make artwork in the relief methods of wood and linocut which he became known for. As well as his studio practice, Rodger gained substantial interest in his design work, attracting many notable commissions across Scotland including:  illustrating The Colour of Black & White; Poems 1984-2003 by Liz Lochhead (2003) and The Field of Thistles by Monica Clough (1983), designing a 100 foot long mural for the Exhibition Centre Station in Glasgow (1988) and 40 banners for Union Street Bi-Centenary in Aberdeen (1994) in association with Peacock Printmakers.

Ladies Afternoon Cocktail Tea

Who’s up for a pre-Christmas afternoon of laughter, fun and cocktails at this ladies afternoon with a difference in the elegant surroundings of a country house hotel?

Thainstone House Hotel dates back to the 18th century and has a rich history as both a grand private home and as a much loved Aberdeenshire landmark. read more →

Artroom Supporting Writer

Employment Opportunity – Artroom Supporting Writer Grampian Hospitals Art Trust is looking to employ a supporting writer to work as part of their highly successful Artroom project at Roxburghe House palliative care unit in Aberdeen. The advertised post is for a supporting writer, who will work alongside the current writer at Roxburghe House, as well as with visual artists and clinical staff at the unit.  The writer will also be required to help with a range of supporting tasks, such as editing patient work, producing publications, and sharing information about the project with a range of stakeholders. As this post involves extensive work with vulnerable individuals, it will be necessary to become a member of the PVG scheme before commencing work on this project. Initially this post is 15 hours per week over two days.  A fee of £11.54 per hour will be paid. You can download a full job description and brief here: Artroom Supporting Writer 2016 Job Description Artroom Supporting Writer 2016 Brief The deadline for submissions is Friday 23rd September 2016 For an informal chat or any questions about the post please contact: Jo Hastie – Artroom Coordinator E: T: 01224 554399

GHAT Office Assistant

The Office Assistant will provide a consistent and reliable office presence and administrative support to the GHAT Director so that there is an effective interface with all those who make contact with GHAT – staff, public, board members etc. read more →

The November Issue

A celebration of selected artists Grampian Hospitals Art Trust has supported through site specific projects or exhibitions in recent years. read more →

Artroom Project Coordinator

The Artroom Project Coordinator will be the main contact with the artists and with the NHSG departments where the projects are running.
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Grampian Hospitals Art Trust (GHAT) is looking for a writer to work with patients, their relatives and staff at Roxburghe House, a specialist palliative care unit in Aberdeen. read more →

The Health Village Arts Project

  99 Harebells by Laurie Clark Laurie Clark is renowned for her delicate and poetic drawings, always made in series.  She recently exhibited in Japan, and her ‘101 Buttercups’ Series and publication were presented by the Ingleby Gallery in Edinburgh to critical acclaim. Harebells are a beautiful species of indigenous wild flower found along the coast of Aberdeenshire which have been historically used for medicinal purposes.  The project will consist of 99 individual framed drawings, each showing the subtle and engaging variations between each flower.  The work will be sited sensitively throughout the public spaces on the ground floor of the Aberdeen Community Health and Care Village. You can sponsor a Harebell for £180. For Each £180 sponsorship: The Harebell drawing you sponsor will be located in the Health Village You will receive an exclusive hand tinted print of the 99th Harebell by Laurie Clark and a book of all 99 Harebells containing  a picture of the Harebell you have sponsored You can choose the Harebell number (between 1-98) on a first come first served basis An acknowledgement panel will be situated on site with the name of all sponsors and their Harebell number. Sponsors can stay anonymous if they wish As the Harebells are unique works of art they are not available immediately and all sponsors will receive an acknowledgement card with a proposed date of the installation of their harebell. Harebells already sponsored 1   Jackie Bremner 4   Lesley Hall 8   Heather Kelman 9   Barbara Lamb 11  Dr Gordon Linklater 12   Sir Lewis Ritchie 17  Ann and Graham Smith 70 Linda Fraser 99  CHP  For details on how to Sponsor a Harebell please contact Tamsin Greenlaw at or 01224 552429   

ArtRoom Graduate Artists

GHAT has two short term posts available, one within Old Age Psychiatry at Royal Cornhill Hospital and one in the Royal Aberdeen Children’s hospital. We hope to enhance wellbeing by providing opportunities for participants to engage with a range of art forms, offering them new and inspiring challenges and enabling individual creative development. read more →

The Suttie Arts Space NHSG staff drop-in sessions

The Suttie Arts Space is a new arts facility in ARI, Foresterhill, funded by Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. GHAT is hosting drop-in sessions (with free teas and coffees!) from28th July – 8th August, from 12noon – 1pm every weekday. read more →

200 Wards Appeal

The 200 Wards appeal offers businesses and individuals the opportunity to make a gift to support a key local resource that touches the lives of so many. Your gift will have a significant impact on our ability to continue to provide services to hospitals and medical clinics throughout the region. read more →

Artroom cover artists

Grampian Hospitals Art Trust and Roxburghe House are looking to employ Cover Artists to support their highly successful artRoom projects located in Roxburghe House Palliative care Unit and Woodend Hospital Rehabilitation service. read more →

Project Briefs – current

GHAT has no projects open to tender at present. Please visit again to see if we have anything you may be interested in applying for.
Our tenders are advertised on the local networks, Creative Scotland Opportunities page or Axis web site. read more →