A snapshot taken from our Autumn Programme
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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.


Autumn Programme 2013 

This season three themes of exhibitions occupy our central corridor (Zone B). To kick things off you have the dynamic combination of Bath Open Studios (BOS) and Faces {Bath} presenting the very best of the Bath arts scene. Moving along the corridor, you are greeted by Eurovisions: A celebration of European landscape painting. Marco Cazzulini has taken inspiration partly from the Botanical Gardens in Bath and Mark Sands has successfully captured an essence of place and time in Portugal.

Our exhibition programmes continues across the hospital, providing Bath with one of its most accessible exhibitions spaces, opened 7 days a week. With the temporary exhibition programme changing across the hospital this month, we’re certain you’ll have something interesting to see during your next visit. 

Artsparks Corridor 

The Sleep Project 


Inspired by the soundtrack ‘Things that go bump in the night’ St. Gregory’s College and a team of arts practitioners created The Sleep Project. They performed for the public at the new theatre at Hayesfield School and then toured to 9 local schools.

Practitioners also ran workshops at each school creating some great pictures describing insomnia; nightmares, sleepwalking and other domestic sleep issues. The exhibition, which was first shown at Hayesfield School, is now on show at the RUH along the central Artsparks corridor.

Stephen Magrarth, Lead Artist said, â€œThey really engaged with this important subject matter and used their imagination or in cases illustrated personal experiences of sleep problems”. 

Funded by the Wellcome Trust and led by St Gregory’s Catholic College this was a multimedia art-science investigation involving ten schools in the Bath Area.

Participating schools included; St Gregory’s Catholic College, Bath, St Johns Primary School, Bath, St Martin’s Garden School, Bath, Three Ways Special Needs School, Bath, Weston All Saints Primary School, Bath, St Pauls Primary School, YatE Trinity Academy, Radstock St Benedict’s Primary School, Midsomer Norton, St Andrews Primary School, Bath and St Patricks Primary School, Corsham

Music - Dates for your diary 

October - November 2013


Tuesday 15th October

The Gaulois Brothers
1-1:30pm, Atrium

Tuesday 19th November

Mac Seka and Marick Baxter
1-1:30pm, Atrium 

Capital Projects

Art at the Heart Projects within the RUH

Nick Cudworth - A Series of English Stiles

Combe Ward Redesign to Support the Transformation of Care for Patients with Dementia


As part of RUH Bath’s ambition to be an exemplar of best practice in dementia care, Combe Ward has recently undergone an impressive transformation into a more patient focused area. With Art at the Heart sitting on a dynamic multi-disciplinary group, we have been implementing the dementia strategy by commissioning large-scale wall art in 3 areas of the ward. These include: Somerset Levels donated by artist, Bluebell Woods by Artwork Solutions and Balloons Over Bath by Nick Cudworth.

Somerset Levels image was part of a call to photographers to offer images of the region, of which we reproduced and framed 17 images of the local landscape. We selected images from approx. 12 photographers and would like to thank all for their generosity. 

Subject to funding we wish to combine this project with work from the Hospital Notes Creative Reminiscence Workshops and will be asking ward patients to help create reminiscence panels as part of the final elements of the redesign.  



Following on from the enormous success of the pilot reminiscence workshops, our Activities Facilitator, Frankie, is currently providing weekly performances and reminiscence activities on Pulteney, Midford and Combe ward.

The Hospital Notes programme is now running a referral system, allowing us to share music and activities with more patients.

Whilst visiting the RUH, Health Minister Norman Lamb was treated to a performance by Frankie and commented on the hospital’s dementia care saying it was “way ahead of the game”. 

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In Other News


I Year Anniversary of
Brass Monkey by Bruce Munro

One year on, and Brass Monkey is proving as popular as ever with staff, patients and visitors.The piece which was designed exclusively in celebration of the Royal United Hospital’s 80th Birthday  will eventually be moved to its permanent home – the RUH Cancer Care Centre in two to three years’ time.

Controlled by light conditions, the light installation can now be viewed earlier in the evening, and at its brightest around 7:30 - 12pm.

Find out more about Bruce Munro
via our website.

Quote of the Month
Our Exhibition Programme

“It brightens the place up, is endlessly fascinating, reduces the clinical feel, does wonders for the morale and mood, and allows me to get some exercise as I specifically like to see them. Wonderful stuff!” Staff Member

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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