What's coming up from Art at the Heart this spring...
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Art at the Heart of the RUH presents a high quality programme of arts within the RUH for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors.


The programme covers the visual arts, music and literature through exhibitions, performances and readings, together with creative workshops for patients and staff.


Winter - Spring Programme 2014 

The RPS Members Exhibition The RPS International Science Exhibition 2011

With one week left to go, and with thanks to The Royal Photographic Society, the winter exhibition programme has completely transformed our central corridor over the last 3 months. As far as the eye can see, patients, visitors and staff are treated to an array of photographic delights ranging from microscopic plant stems to dramatic views across the giant causeway, Ireland. 

If you have enjoyed the exhibitions, there is a 56 page colour catalogue that accompanies the International Images for Science Exhibition. The catalogues retails at £5 per copy, and for every catalogue sold, £2 will be donated to the Art at the Heart programme.



Bath Artist Printmakers
Reed Contemporary Art

Ros Ford 


This spring we bring you an exciting mixed display from 3 local artists and organisations. There will be an abundance of methods on show, from contemporary Chinese woodblocks to mixed media industrial etchings and much more.

Running from May 2nd - July 16th our central corridors will host a rich hub of artistic talent, celebrating old and new techniques from East to West of the globe.




Music - Dates for your diary 

April - June 2014

Through the Soundbite programme we aim to increase access to musical provision across the RUH community; improve the well-being of patients, staff and visitors at the RUH, and to provide students and emerging musicians the opportunity to gain experience of music facilitation and performance in a health care setting.

If you are a musician and would like to perform at the RUH or if you would like more information about the Soundbite programme please contact Frankie Simpkins (Musician in Residence) on


You can now find out more about our Soundbite programme via our Soundbite Evaluation Report 2013.



The Twitter Piano

Combe Ward is now the proud owner of an upright piano, which sits in the Day Room and is available to patients, visitors and staff to play any time of the day. The Twitter Piano, titled because of its origins, was kindly donated by Bristol’s stand-up comedian Mark Olver.

Mark, who has supported the likes of Michael McIntyre, was particularly keen for the RUH to receive the piano, saying

“I really wanted the piano to go to a good home, a place where it would be played and enjoyed. I used it to put books and things on, so knowing that it can put a little bit of joy into people's life is much better”.

The piano now sits pride of place in the Combe Ward dayroom and featured in the Royal United Hospital’s Change Day promotion film ‘Perfect Day’. 


Can you play?

Art at the Heart welcomes piano players of all capabilities to come and play on the ward. If you would like to volunteer your time please speak with a member of the team on 01225 824 987 or email 

Capital Projects 

Art within the built environment 

Conception by Martha Allen

As part of our objective to advise on art and design for RUH building projects, we have been closely involved in the sympathetic design of the Mortuary viewing room, and the development of a private secluded garden.

Nearing the end of our involvement, we have just had the pleasure of installing a larger than life size mosaic figure titled Conception. The mythological piece which encaptures the essence of beginnings and the cycle of life was kindly bequeathed to Art at the Heart by retired GP and dedicated Arts Strategy Group member Shelia Day, who sadly passed away last year.

The mosaic, which has been recessed into the main wall of the Mortuary and Pathology Laboratory, is now available to view throughout the day, and can be found adjacent to the mortuary viewing room entrance.



Bath Life Awards 2014 Winner!


We are thrilled to announce that we won this year’s art category at the prestigious Bath Life Awards. The Bath Life Awards celebrates the best of Bath, with an aim to support and recognise local business achievements.

Shortlisted alongside Komedia and the Ustinov Theatre, we scooped the Bath Life Award trophy, which was in honour of our achievements over the past year.

"The art touches people so deeply at a vital time in their lives. It fulfils a huge function of art, calming and soothing people." Bath Life Awards Judges

A big thank you to everyone who has supported us over the last 10 years!

Staff and Volunteers
Win a Portrait Competition 


Congratulations to Liz Townsend from the RUH Physiotherapy department for correctly answering all 3 questions to win the staff and volunteer portrait competition. The competition in conjunction with local artist Ben Hughes ran during the course of the Faces {Bath} exhibition in 2013.

The Faces {Bath} exhibition, now in its third and final year, celebrates the people of Bath and will soon include the lovely Liz. Keep your eyes peeled on our twitter feed for exciting progress photographs @artatruh

Staff and Volunteer Open Arts Competition 2014


Back by popular demand, our Open Arts Competition for RUH staff and volunteers returns to the RUH this Autumn.

With top prizes up for grabs, budding visual artists are encouraged to submit up to five pieces of work, with a chance to exhibit along the central corridor, and to of course win a prize. 

If you work at the Royal United Hospital or know someone that does, please submit your application by downloading a submission form today from our website. Further information, including our full terms and conditions can be found here


Quote of the Month
Our Soundbite Programme


“Music remains a very important part of the care for patients with dementia. It creates an environment that is stimulating for the patient and also provides something familiar for them, in a very alien setting. However, it is not just the dementia patients that benefit. It is obvious to see from the smiles on the faces of patients, relatives and staff that it has a positive impact to all present. There is a very different atmosphere when there is live music on the ward.”

Ward Manager


Can you help?

We are always looking for inspiring, motivated and knowledgeable individuals to volunteer or join the Arts Strategy Group. 

If you’re interested in becoming involved in our work or feel you have something to offer please get in touch with our Arts Programme Manager Hetty Dupays on hetty.dupays@nhs.neor call 01225 824987.

If you would like to donate money which will help us maintain and continue the arts programme then you can do so by clicking on the Donate button below or filling out our Sales and Donations form. Another way you can help us out is by purchasing art work as a commission goes straight into the Art at the Heart fund.

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Our mailing address is:
Art at the Heart of the RUH
2nd Floor, Bath & Wessex House
Royal United Hospital NHS Trust
Combe Park
T: 01225 824 987

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