Winter/Spring News from Art at the Heart of the RUH
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"2017 brings exciting new highlights in the Art at the Heart calendar as well as the tried and tested continuation of core projects, which are thankfully financially secure for the 17-18 financial year. In the current funding climate for the arts and in general this is a welcome position to be in and I take this opportunity to express our thanks and appreciation for continued support from RUH and local charities, B&NES Council and Lottery funding.
As a charity we are continually looking for new funding avenues and small to large donations are always welcome and make a difference to our programme. We are very pleased to launch our page on the Local Giving site, as an incentive Local Giving will match any donations made for the first £250.

‘Acts’ of Kindness Make a Difference’ achieved runner up in the Arts Category for the Remember WW1 Awards in November and we have now created a dedicated website on the War Hospital which is almost ready to launch. We conclude a year- long programme of activities commemorating Bath’s War Hospital in February, the exhibition will move to the city centre for one week as part of the Natural Theatre Company’s ‘Road to Recovery’ project.
I can also announce that musician in residence Frankie Simpkins is now a proud mum to baby Ivy and both are doing well. We wish them all the best and look forward to seeing Frankie on the wards again in late Spring. In the meantime a short programme of performances for the Atrium and Older patient wards will be delivered by Live Music Now and I would like to welcome back our 1st musician and coordinator Rosie Mead, who will cover Frankie’s maternity leave.

Our 2016 Annual review is now available to view online, looking back it was a busy year and many great projects were achieved so thanks to all who supported us!"
Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager
"Please keep up the good work - it's so good for people in or passing through Hospitals to be able to take time to stare & relax." Visitor

Roads to Recovery at the BRLSI in February Half Term!

The Art at the Heart team will be joining forces with The Natural Theatre Company, Corsham commemorates WW1 and Bath Records Office on the 11th February 2017 to bring a War Hospitals of the West Country experience to Queens Square, Bath. The 'Roads to Recovery' exhibition at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) will be on show for a week 11th – 18th Feb 2017.

The Natural Theatre Company are working with local youth clubs, schools, cadet forces and the Natural Youth Theatre to bring both the Corsham and Bath War Hospital to life across the city.

The project has been supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund. The award-winning theatre company are best known for their comic interactive characters and historical interpretation. With this HLF Young Roots funding, they will work with local young people to produce Roads to Recovery – a heritage project that will commemorate the soldiers, nurses and local community support during WW1.

NEW: Bath War Hospital Heritage Website

We are currently in the process of creating an RUH Heritage website, beginning with a Bath War Hospital digital platform to show the film as well as research, archive and interviews so that ongoing research and collection of memorabilia from members of the community can continue with our volunteer researcher, Alison Guerin.

We will continue to collect Memorabilia and resources from various archives and this site will hold a gallery of the many images and accounts from the community and archives that have been collected over the past 12 months. We have also been provided with rich resources from Bath Records Office; such as copies of letters by Nurse Kathleen Ainsworth and these will be available to view on the site. We hope that this website will become a valuable resource, especially for schools, to research Bath during WW1 or day to day life in a War Hospital.

The website has been designed by Adam Wyatt, Creative Director of Flipside Studio.
Central Gallery (Ground Floor, Zone B)
19th January - 28th April 2017

A striking new body of wood engraving work by Hilary Paynter specifically commissioned by Devon Guild of Craftsmen for this project on the subject of ageing has been informed by dialogue, interaction and workshops run through Daisi* with inter-generational groups.

The exhibition also features work by printmaker, film-maker and photographer Leonie Bradley.

Prints by Hilary Paynter                                    Wood Block detail (photography by Simon Williams)

Also in the Central Gallery, 
‘Imagined Worlds’ features the work of twenty contemporary artists inspired by Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s visionary poem Kubla Khan. The exhibition curated by Somerset Art Works on behalf of The Friends of Coleridge Society is part of a programme of events timed to coincide with the bicentenary of the poem’s first publication. 

Each artist draws upon a different facet of Coleridge’s or their own imagination to create a diverse array of works including painting and drawing, printmaking and collage, photography as well as film.

Towards Xanadu, Etching by Jenny Graham

Bath Artists' Sealed Auction Results

The results of Bath Artists' Studios (BAS) Sealed Auction were revealed in October and £753.25 was raised for Art at the Heart so thank you to everyone who got involved and placed a bid.
"3 generations of family enjoyed Sci-Art very much (all of us scientists, some also arty, so very suitable) Found you on web, looking for somewhere to go on Boxing Day. GREAT! Really enjoyed it, Thank you!" Visitor

Staff & Volunteer Exhibition 2017 

Are you looking for an opportunity where you can showcase your artistic talents? 

If you are a staff member or volunteer at the RUH and would like to submit your artwork for exhibition at the hospital, do keep an eye out around the hospital and on our website as details will be released shortly on how to apply.

(Image: Radiology Porter, Mel Pozniakow pictured with her People's choice prize winning artwork in 2014)
Artsparks Gallery!
Year 3 pupils from Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) have taken part in a antibiotic awareness competition and the winning & runner up posters can now be seen in the Artsparks Gallery.

B&NES Council and BaNES CCG led the campaign with the support of Sirona Care and Health, local public health representatives and national and international science educators.

pARTicipate - Artsparks workshops

We are delighted, thanks to a generous grant from St John’s Community Fund, that Artsparks on the RUH Children’s ward recommences this new year. The artist, Edwina Bridgeman will deliver 2 workshops a week and offer inspiration to ward staff and families to continue with activities throughout the week. Materials have been sponsored by NADFAS.

Everyone can also expect more brilliant artworks for the ward’s walls and a dedicated public Artsparks Gallery.
Felt Making

Edwina has been demonstrating the activity of felt making to patients. It proved very popular and also appropriate, Archie (1) and Matt (15) both enjoyed the workshop. The making was described as sensory and relaxing. Patients involved commented "I thought I would be sitting bored in bed" and "These are beautiful."
"I didn't expect to be doing anything like this, better than my I-Pad" Patient
Stitch in Time workshops
The technique of felting is extremely sensory allowing a wide variety of patients to be able to engage despite any sensory problems they may have. Patients have been encouraged to use their own creative abilities to choose colours and make patterns as well as being guided and inspired by themes and ideas from books and discussions.

The technique is extremely tactile which can be a particularly engaging sense to connect with people, especially for those living with dementia. Sensory stimulation has been shown in recent studies to decrease agitation and restlessness, as well as improve sleep for those with Alzheimer's disease and other forms of dementia.

Stitch in Time is expanding its workshops to Midford Ward and furthermore, AATH will also be involved in the Forever Friends Dementia Volunteer project. Artist in Residence, Edwina Bridgeman will help to train volunteers who wish to get involved.

Soundbite - Performances

Live Music Now Musicians, The Laurent Duo, Rachel (Violin) and Beatrice (Cello) willl be performing on two wards, Combe and Waterhouse Ward for patients. Coordinator Rosie Mead will manage these sessions.

Wednesday  25th January
1-1.30pm Atrium &
1.45pm - 4pm on Wards
Tuesday 7th  February
2-4pm on Wards
Wednesday 15th February
2-4pm on Wards

RUH North Re-development - Pharmacy

It's a very exciting time for the Trust, as the new Pharmacy is now complete and staff have moved in to a modern state-of-the-art building.

AATH ran a series of art and interior design engagement sessions which included colour schemes and ideas towards an arts commission, which staff agreed should relate to the natural world and Pharmaceutical Research. This led to a commission with artist Dr Michele Whiting, whose suite of four drawings represent aspects of current research at Bath University with plants including the daffodil, as points of departure. Dr Whiting was supported by Dr Sarah Bailey and fellow researchers at the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology.

The finished building is bright and airy; it has a contemporary feel with accents of colour for walls and floors. The large scale series of artworks add a unique and relevant beauty and interest to the department.

Multi Faith Centre

We have began research into this project and dates for consultation workshops will be announced shortly. 

The aim is to create a tranquil space for everyone with 24 hour access.
The current Chapel is outdated and is adapting to embrace a multi faith approach in it’s design and services that it offers.

Sculpture by Chris Buck (Inspiration)

"There is a world outside of hospital wards, very inspiring!" Patient


Support Us

Local Giving

We have recently set up a Local Giving web page, and as an incentive, Local Giving will match any donations made for  the first £250. Take a look at our AATH page to see how donations really do make a difference to our programme

Donation envelopes are located around the RUH site. You can also pick these up in the Central Gallery Corridor (Zone B) along with the RUH Art Map.

If you would like to further support the Arts programme you can take part in an event via the Forever Friends Appeal or find out many more ways to get involved

Whichever way you chose, you will be helping us maintain and continue this valuable service for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors.

Scrap BANES 100% Arts Cuts - Help Needed

On Valentine's Day BANES Council are voting on plans to cut 100% of their Arts budget. Please support and sign/share this petition by clicking on the link below.

We welcome your feedback!

We always aim to enhance the look and feel of the hospital with art and to deliver more arts projects to support the healing of patients. We have feedback cards situated along the RUH main corridors and welcome your feedback on the exhibition programme, art workshops and music performances so please let us know your thoughts.

Alternatively you can email Jessica Shoemack, Marketing & Programme Support Officer

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