A snapshot taken from our Summer 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.


Summer Programme 2013 (Part 2)

Our Summer exhibition programme continues to delight with the debut of award-winning Arena Photographers & artist Karen Wallis

Arena Photographers teach, exhibit, lecture and write about photography, but most of all they just love making pictures. A selection of prints from this London exhibition, representing half of the group, will be on display at the Royal United Hospital this summer.

Karen Wallis's sketches and drawings will be showing alongside the Arena photographers' exhibition. The works in this exhibition are from Karen's time as Artist in Residence at Fairfield House, which is the Day Centre for BEMSCA (Bath Ethnic Minority Senior Citizens Association). The residency was a commission for the EVA project, at Aune Head Arts in Devon. Both exhibitions are located within our central corridor (Zone B)


August - November 2013

10-18 August 2013

Bath Folk Festival
(Daily performances by various artists, please see our website for up to date listings)  

Thu 19 August 2013

Marick Baxter & Jane Dempsey

Thu 24 October 2013

The Gaulois Brothers  

November 2013

Stringbeans Quartet (Date to be confirmed)

Our Musician in Residence, Frankie, is currently providing weekly performances and reminiscence activities on Pulteney, Midford and Helena wards.
Nick Cudworth - A Series of English Stiles

Art at the Heart Projects

Art in the Built Environment

Our involvement with the Capital Projects team has and will always remain core to the Art at the Heart of the RUH programme, with Arts Programme Manager Hetty Dupays playing a vital role on a number of project boards. Our latest projects range from a redesigned Oncology Waiting area, funded by Macmillian Cancer Support - to the design of a brand new Mortuary viewing room. Please find out more about our projects via our website.


Artsparks the RUH Children's Ward art programme, has been 'Highly Commended' at this year's prestigious Arts and Health South West Awards 2013.

The well-established arts programme brings a series of regular creative workshops to young patients on the Children's Ward and the School Room's Hospital Education and Re-integration Service.

The Artsparks aim is simple, to create a positive environment using inspirational professional arts practitioners to provide a stimulating distraction from the day to day routine of their treatment.
Artsparks ran a total of 60 creative and participatory workshops over 15 months, within the Children's ward playroom, engaging on average 12 children per workshop and over 150 participating parents and carers.

As a lasting legacy to all of the positive work, which has been been created, an Artsparks evaluation book alongside Animate Me! short films can now be viewed at any time by anyone in the central corridor via a touch-screen gallery and via our website.

Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference 2013

We were fortunate to attend the recent Culture Health and Wellbeing International Conference in Bristol at the end of June. Over the course of the three days we were overwhelmed by the positive stories and achievements emerging from our sector. We would like to personally thank Arts and Health South West Coordinator Alex Courtier and team for organising such a fantastic event, we're already looking forward to the next one.

Our personal favorite keynote presentations from the conference by:  John Wyn Owen and Lord Howarth of Newport can now be viewed via the conference website


A big congratulations goes out to our Music Coordinator Rosie Mead, who has completed her dissertation for her Master's Degree in Music Psychology.

Over February Rosie led a 5-week pilot study on Combe ward exploring the effects of live music for patients with dementia. The study explored the effects of music on agitation, anxiety, mood, and wellbeing of patients with dementia. Rosie is currently analysing the results, and she has discovered that music significantly improved the mood of the patients, and reduced anxiety; please see published results.

In September Rosie will begin her PhD at Exeter University exploring this research area further, looking at the effects of various musical interventions (no music, recorded music, live music, and participatory music) for patients with dementia, on three older people's wards.

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 or 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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