Summer News from Art at the Heart of the RUH
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Hello and welcome to our Summer Newsletter,
The season’s programme is packed with exciting exhibitions and events taking place at the RUH and as part of wider City events.
After a gap of several years we are delighted to welcome back The Royal Photographic Society’s acclaimed 160th International Photography Touring Exhibition to our Central Gallery, now in it's 160th year; showcasing the talents of selected photographers from around the world, this promises to be a highlight of our year.
Another connection to the RPS features ‘The Photography of Light’ by Sir George Pollock Bt 1928-2016. The RUH is grateful to David Pollock, Jill Hiron, and Charlotte Swift for their generous offer to donate a selection of their father’s work to the RUH’s Radiology Department.

Our partnership project with 44AD and research academics at the University of Bath, River is the Venue (RIV) will be taking part in two events in June; Festival of Nature and the Creative Bath Summer Party. We will be showcasing maquettes and previews of the artists work, and there are more plans for September so watch this space!

Finally, Art at the Heart have been shortlisted for 2 categories at the Creative Bath Awards in June; we were winners last year for ‘Best Arts’ and this year we have been shortlisted for ‘Creative Arts Organisation’ and ‘Creativity for Good’.
Wishing you a great summer!
Hetty and the team

Hetty Dupays, Art and Design Manager
                                  Header Image: Photography by Sir George Pollock in the Radiology waiting area


20th June - 2nd August 2018 in the RUH Central Gallery (Zone B)

The RPS International Photography Exhibition (formerly International Print Exhibition) has been held since 1854 and has included work from some of the world’s most eminent photographers.

This Exhibition consists of a variety of genres and styles of photography, with cutting-edge prints being shown alongside traditional work – from the artistic to documentary, from portraiture to natural history. It showcases up-and-coming and more established photographer’s work. Now in its 160th year, it is the longest running exhibition of its kind.                                    
 Image opposite: Jessica by Matthew Hamon
Display Case in the Central Gallery

We have a selection of unique hand painted crystal glasses on show in the Central Gallery display case available for sale with all proceeds going to the RUH Arts Fund. Thank you to Richard Cork for his kind donation.

We also have original handcrafted ceramics on display by Kate Marshall that are available for sale.
Bath Artist Printmakers (2nd Floor)

Bath Artist Printmakers are a group who work together as a co-operative in Larkhall, Bath. 

This exhibition at the RUH displays a cross section of members’ work produced at their workshop.                        
Image opposite: First Daffodils by Rachel Wilcox
We have a selection of new artwork on display in the North Gallery (Zone A) and South Gallery (Zone C). Visit our website to find out more or click on the images below.
Bath Artists' Studios and Art at the Heart                      
Fundraising Auction 2018

Following two successful fundraising art auctions, Bath Artists’ Studios (BAS) and Art at the Heart (AATH) are teaming up once again to stage a further event in 2018. Proceeds from the auctions contribute to the work of two charitable arts organisations dedicated to education, supporting artists and contributing to enhance the Royal United Hospital’s environment of health and wellbeing.

An exhibition of up to 100 selected works included in the auction will be displayed at the Royal United Hospital from 10th August – 26th September and it will be seen by many patients, visitors and staff who pass through the RUH every day.

The exhibition will then transfer to The Roper Gallery at Bath Artists’ Studios for the final auction during BAS’ annual Open Studios (Friday 28th – Sunday 30th September).
“Fantastic to see stained glass, ceramics etc. as well as 2D works. Impressed by the standard of work and the wide range of media and subjects. Finally I love the fact that 30% is donated.” Visitor

The Art of the Circle
From 13th June 2018 at Circle Bath Hospital

A new exhibition will be installed very soon at Circle Bath and will be on display from 13th June until November 2018 (end date to be confirmed).

Howard Jeffs' prints are all based on the Circle as a fixed powerful shape. Within the shape he has created organic shapes and colours that might elude to the natural world. Natural circles refer to our sun and moon and have always been observed in our history. These simple elements in these prints though abstract might be found in the natural world.

Stephen Magrath's circular works explore simultaneous movement and stillness, allowing the viewer to experience flow or flux and also enjoy the practice of meditation or mindfulness.

Experiencing the immense beauty and sheer power of Iceland’s natural elements, made Kirsten Murphy contemplate a time before man. She found this numinous thinking very peaceful. It is nature’s resilience and power that is the inspiration behind her selection of images.

Left to Right: Large Circle - Kirsten Murphy, 2 Middle Circles - Stephen Magrath,                                     Large Circle - Howard Jeffs
In June we are looking forward to piloting a new music residency with the palliative care team. Live Music Now (LMN) musician Josh Doughty will spend 1 day a week for 3 consecutive weeks at the hospital. Playing the Kora, a West African Harp, Josh is able to combine the traditional rhythms of Mali with modern western influences creating self-composed pieces, responding to and improvising around the environment he is playing in.

For this residency we will be working alongside the Palliative care team who will signpost patients to us who they think would benefit from a music performance. 
There is much research to show how music and particularly harp music can have a profound effect on patients nearing the end of their lives, providing comfort, promoting a calm and restful environment as well as bringing joy.

The Soundbite Performance Programme brings a diverse range of live music to communal areas of the hospital and wards.
Bath Folk Club Musicians 'The Gaulois Brothers' will be performing on Wednesday 30th May 2018 at 1 - 1.30pm in the Atrium and then on two wards from 1.45 - 3.30pm to perform for patients. 

8th/15th/22nd June - Josh Doughty (LMN) Palliative Care residency 
Friday 6th July - The Bingcows (Live Music Now performance)

Wednesday 25th July -  Bath Folk Club Performance (Musicians to be confirmed)

Monday 13th - Friday 17th August - Bath Folk Festival at the RUH

Monday 13th:  The Bookshop Band
Tuesday 14th: David Malkin & John Dipper
Wednesday 15th: Deuair
Thursday 16th: Alan Burke
Friday 17th: Matt Tyghe & Tad Sergant

Do check our website as we will update when we have new information about all the music acts performing at the RUH very soon!

"Soothing, great idea, melodic. I enjoyed very much" Visitor 


The family of the late Sir George Pollock have kindly donated a series of his photographs to be displayed in the RUH Radiology Department.

In 1962, Sir George Pollock invented a method of making abstract colour photographs using controlled light originally through glass. He called them “Vitrographs” This light refraction technique is the focus of his body of work.

These artworks form part of the Radiology refurbishment and expansion programme. The Radiology Department have been involved in the selection of the images used and felt strongly that images involving the use of light and photography were particularly relevant for a modern day imaging department. Sir George was a leading exponent of audio-visual work, a unique and revolutionary award winning art photographer and a past President of the Royal Photographic Society. The department have invited the family to formally open the department later in the year.

Sir George Pollock's Photography in Radiology department

The RNHRD and Therapies Centre

Art and Design Manager, Hetty will be working with the Interior Designer from IBI throughout June to establish the interior design scheme for the new centre.

Consultation and final designs are well underway for the main art and design commissioning for the RNHRD and Therapies Centre and we will be sharing these plans on our website as well as display boards at the Min and RUH Therapies Department from early July.
Here is a sneak peak in the mean time!

Top: RNHRD and Therapies Centre wall paper design by Jose Mendoza, Bottom Left: Section of Hydrotherapy Pool Window by Chris Tipping, Bottom Right: Geographical Timeline model by Ross Bennett
“Really helped during a stressful week - thank you for  
the distraction
" Patient
Art Event at The Royal Crescent Hotel 

Help raise funds for The Forever Friends Appeal by enjoying an interactive afternoon tea experience with Bristol born sculptor Margaret Lovell at The Royal Crescent Hotel on Thursday 7th June at 1.30pm, tickets £45, proceeds from the event for a fantastic cause to support our hospital. For further details please visit the news page on our website by clicking the image below.

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