Summer News from Art at the Heart of the RUH
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"The Art at the Heart team have been busy finalising details for the Bath WW1 Hospital Exhibition and our heartfelt thanks go out to our volunteer Alison Guerin who has unearthed some amazing facts and stories that we are looking forward to sharing from June onwards. 

The Pet CT Scanner area in Radiography is almost complete and the stunning hand painted wallpaper images will be the final icing on the cake for this state of the art clinical area. It was amazing to think that the walls; which are lined with lead, will look so ethereal and delicate on the outside and no doubt will help patients to feel more relaxed. An image of the sky taken in the local area in late Spring (see below) will be installed in a unit with back lighting above the scanner; giving a focal point for the patient.
We are sorry to be saying goodbye to Diane Samways: Marketing and Audience Development Manager, who has also been responsible for many of the publications produced over the past 4 years as well as input in other areas of the programme. On behalf of the team I would like to thank Diane and wish her every success in her chosen new career path as a garden designer.

I hope that you enjoy reading all our news and watching the pARTicipate film; we would love to hear your feedback."

Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager

pARTicipate and Exhibition Programme

Summer / Autumn (13th June â€“ 13th October 2016)

1st World War ‘Acts of Kindness’

This exhibition funded by the Heritage Lottery: 1st World War ‘Then and Now’ Fund (HLF) will reflect upon the day-to-day life at the Bath War Hospital and will be an opportunity to explore the concept of compassionate community support; drawing upon the comfort that this brought to recovering soldiers as well as gaining insight into how such relationships support recovery and wellbeing.

Artist in Residence Edwina Bridgeman has delivered a unique intergenerational project through weekly creative workshops on both the Children and Adolescent’s Ward and Combe Ward, a Dementia friendly ward for elderly patients. Patients had the opportunity to explore the history of the War Hospital and the many stories recounting community support and even incidents where animals (including a chicken!) provided therapeutic comfort for soldiers. Edwina has created a 3D tapestry with patients and it will be displayed as part of the exhibition and remain at the RUH as a permanent legacy.

In addition to the main grant from HLF, the project is supported by The Theatre Royal Bath Creative Fund and a number of local supporting organisations such as Bath Boules and Bath Decorative and Fine Arts Society (BDFAS).

Date: Monday 13th June 2016 (2.45 – 4pm)
Venue: Lansdown Foyer/ Central Ground Floor Corridor

The exhibition will be officially opened when a bugler plays the Last Post at 3pm. This will be followed by light refreshment generously provided by the Lansdown Restaurant, music by Musician in Residence Frankie Simpkins and interaction from the Natural Theatre Company.

Free Admission on a first come first serve basis
Venue:  The Chapel, ‘The Min’ Royal National Hospital for Rheumatic Diseases, Upper Borough Walls, Bath BA1 1RL
Preston King, X-Rays and the Bath War Hospital Q Block
Speaker: Francis Duck PhD MBE, Visiting Professor, Bath University
Date: Wednesday 15th June 2016
Time: 6-7.30pm
This talk will show how the successful diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of wounded soldiers at the Bath War Hospital were largely the outcome of local support and expertise.
Bath's role in caring for wounded soldiers in WW1
Speaker: Andrew Swift, Bath Historian
Date: Monday 11th July 2016
Time: 6-7.30pm
In this talk, Andrew Swift looks at the role Bath played in the care and treatment of tens of thousands of wounded soldiers during World War One.
“It’s wonderful to see such services available here at the RUH, and I particularly love the artwork we have throughout the hospital. I speak to many patients who enjoy it. In addition, compared to other hospitals I have worked, it makes the RUH feel brighter, homelier and more pleasant. Keep up the good work!” RUH Staff Member

Up-and-coming Exhibition Programme


(17th May - 1st November 2016)

Judy Rodrigues is an artist working in contemporary practice based at Spike Island, Bristol and lives locally in Peasedown St. John. At CircleBath, she is showing a selected exhibition of larger paintings spanning a period of over 20 years.

(8th July – 13th October 2016)



To mark the 20th Anniversary of Bath Artists’ Studios foundation, Bath Artist Studios are collaborating with Art at the Heart to locate the popular Silent Auction of 12”x12” works by BAS artists to the hospital’s central corridor. All proceeds will be donated to the work of both charity organisations. 

Art created by 6th form students from two local secondary schools, Beechen Cliff and Ralph Allen School will be displayed in both the Central and Artsparks Gallery space.

Capital Projects

Art within the built environment

Pet/CT Scanner Refurbishment

Katy McIntyre Brown has designed a series of images which have been transferred to vinyl wallpaper and displayed within the new department area in Radiography. Patients have to wait for a long time to go through the scanning process and rest period and so it’s vital that the environment is welcoming and uplifting.

There is also a 6 panelled sky ceiling in the scanner room which adds another dimension and distraction to the room.

pARTicipate Evaluation

pARTicipate engages patients in creative activities and delivers three core programmes at the RUH - Artsparks, A Stitch in Time and Soundbite.

For evaluation, Art at the Heart have put together a short film to demonstrate the work of the participatory programme, working with 
film-maker, Andy Kemp

and Bath Spa media student Georgina Epps, to see examples of her work visit

The film is an insight in to the pARTicipate programme which involves performances, workshops and one to one session at patients bedsides.

Click here to view the pARTicipate Evaluation Film

Click here to view the pARTicipate Evaluation Report

To find out more about the work we do around the RUH, visit our website 


Summer Lunchtime Performances

All up and coming performances take place in the main atrium, between 1-1:30pm, before moving onto the hospital wards.

31st May - Charlie Nordberg and Fran Barrett (Flute & Guitar)
14th June - Azhaar Saffar (World Rhythm, Groove & Jazz singer)
24th June - Julia Turner, Live Music Now (LMN Jazz singer)
12th July - Hodmadoddery (Guitar & Vocal Duo)
2nd August - Marick Baxter and Tim Petherick (Flute & Guitar)

The Bath Folk Festival will run from
8th -12th August at the RUH where fantastic Folk acts will be playing throughout the week, musicians to be confirmed.

“Bath Folk Festival celebrates all flavours of traditional music, from English, Irish, Scottish and Welsh music to Americana, gypsy jazz, French, bluegrass, world folk and more. Whatever your taste, there will be something for you in Bath between 6th – 14th August.”

“Just brilliant! What a loving and caring contribution to the well-being of all the patients. The singing allows the patients to dream. Long may it continue.” Visitor on the Ward

Support Us

Ways You Can Support Us

There are many ways you can support Art at the Heart.

Donate an artwork
Volunteer on an AATH project
Sponsor an exhibition
Or make a single donation.

New donation envelopes are now located around the RUH site alongside other publications such as our ‘About Us’ and ‘pARTicipate’ leaflet 2016. You can also pick these up in the Central Gallery Corridor (Zone B) along with the Bath War Hospital Flyers.

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.

You can now Text to Donate
Text AATH14 + the donation amount
(e.g. £10) to 70070

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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Art at the Heart of the RUH
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Royal United Hospital NHS Trust
Combe Park
T: 01225 824 987

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