Recently the Project Team has been busy delivering a programme of talks and workshops around the Foresterhill – Past, Present and Future project, funded by Aberdeen City Council.  

This kicked off with a simple and fun rubbing and imprint workshop around the green spaces on the Foresterhill Campus, for NHS Grampian staff. The workshop was in response to artist Nina Stanger’s artwork ‘A Garden’ made for the installation in The Suttie Arts Space. It was fun to see the staff being outside and exploring the underutilised green spaces, looking at the different textures and features in the outdoor spaces of the Foresterhill Health Campus. It was amazing to see the different variations of patterns and imprints the participants created on the day. 

“The organisation, the guidance given, the obvious enthusiasm, meeting like-minded people, seeing the site through a new lens.” 

‘It was great, really interesting to see the green spaces in a new way’


Fiona Musk, NHS Grampian Archivist held a talk in The Suttie Art Space, focusing on the use of the archival material in the installation and the links to the development of the Foresterhill Site. The talk also highlighted the history of the Joint Hospital scheme. The talk was followed by an informative Q&A and participants were encouraged to share their personal history with the campus, where we heard people’s stories about their connection to and experience of the site. We look forward to continuing to work with Fiona and NHSG archives to find out more about the origins and development of the Foresterhill Campus.  

“Great overview of the foundation of the Foresterhill site”  

“Great talk and I learnt a lot about the history of the health service in Aberdeen.”

The final of our series of workshops was working with 3rd-year Medical Humanities students who made their own sketchbooks and started them off with a collage exercise, taking inspiration from the work by Flying Lion as well as the architecture of the campus that can be seen outside the gallery. The workshop is the 6th GHAT  has run in conjunction with the University of Aberdeen’s Medical Humanities course and is now a regular annual feature of their curriculum.

“It was really fun, it’s my first time doing collage and it was fun.’ 

“It was great to do something different that gets you thinking about things differently.”

“The collage exercise went down well, some of the students went on to do more collage for their coursework” Senior Lecturer in Medical Education and Coordinator Medical Humanities SSC