Become an Ambassador
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Ambassadors of GHAT
Our Ambassadors join with us to deliver the difference. Ambassadors help us ring in the changes that arts and wellbeing can achieve by investing in our future.
By donating £5,000 and above we will create a bespoke package for you as an individual or company, and in return we will provide you with many wonderful Ambassador benefits.
The impact you will make
- You will fund a curator-led exhibition, project of your choice or collective projects at an NHS Grampian Hospital for the community to benefit 24/7 365 days a year
- You will make an impact by investing in Grampian Hospitals Art Trust
Directly support an art project of your choice
An exclusive Supporters pin
A badge of honour for you to wear with pride
Profile: Ian and Dorothy Suttie
In 2013 Grampian Hospitals Art Trust started a public campaign to build a new gallery in Aberdeen Royal infirmary. The Director of GHAT (Sally Thomson) can still vividly remember the morning when she picked up the phone in the office and Ian Suttie offered to fully fund this campaign. This was the beginning of the building of the first and only bespoke arts space in an acute hospital in the UK.
The Suttie Arts Space was a turning point in the history of Grampian Hospitals Art Trust. The funding from Ian and Dorothy Suttie not only created new space for patient’s visitors and staff but encouraged others to believe in the work we do. Our organisation is recognised nationally for the work displayed in this space and the events we are able to stage.
When we are in hospital there is so much going on: people to see; appointments to be kept; parking to find; decisions to be made; and, time to fill. The Suttie Arts Space is a place of calm, reflection and conversation in this busy medical environment. It is open 24 hours a day giving people respite in the middle of the night.
As part of the development of the Suttie Arts Space, the original whole body MRI scanner from the 1970’s is on permanent display. This innovative machine which appears to be made from copper plumbing pipe is a fascinating addition to the gallery and celebrates the research of MRI scanning in Aberdeen.
Grampian Hospitals Art Trust is immensely grateful for the support of Ian and Dorothy Suttie and the significant impact that their donations have made to the organisation.
Profile: Friends of Roxburghe House
Roxburghe House is a purpose built facility to meet the needs of patients requiring Specialist Palliative Care in NHS Grampian. The Friends of Roxburghe House Grampian is a registered charity which works with the staff of Roxburghe House to create an environment of care compassion and understanding.
The relationship between The Friends of Roxburghe House and Grampian Hospitals Art Trust began in 2007 with one of the first pilots of GHAT’s Artroom programme. The Friends of Roxburghe House had the vision to support the work of GHAT to develop arts projects for patients and their families in the palliative care unit.
Artroom in Roxburghe House offers an environment that supports individual creativity. Art and writing sessions take place in a shared studio environment or one-to-one, and participants are supported to find their own style and work at their own pace. Through ongoing conversation, sessions are tailored to suit individual needs and interests. They are based on the understanding that everyone is creative and offer participants the opportunity to be themselves.
The Friends of Roxburghe House has funded and supported the Artroom at Roxburghe both the writer and the visual artists for almost 14 years – a true Ambassador of GHAT and the work we do.
In June 2013, the Charity was granted the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (the equivalent of receiving an MBE) for “Supporting the palliative care unit in the creation of an environment of compassion to improve the quality of life for patients and families.”
To find put more about the Friends of Roxburghe House visit their web site: