Autumn News from Art at the Heart of the RUH
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"Our WW1 Hospital exhibition was launched in style in June. Loaned festoons of crocheted poppies adorned the exhibition space, The Natural Theatre Company attended in character as a nurse and wounded soldier and a Bugler played a moving rendition of the Last Post. The event and tea, served with 100 cupcakes (kindly donated by RUH Lansdown Restaurant) was attended by the Right Honourable Mayor of Bath Cllr. Paul Crossley.

Over the months of June and July we also held two talks with historians Professor Francis Duck and Andrew Swift, who both gave fascinating presentations on some ground breaking medical services offered at the War Hospital as well as many amazing stories of compassion and care provided by the community; the title of our exhibition “Acts of Kindness Make a Difference” really held true. Many were involved in this project and I would like to thank everyone for their time, expertise and dedication to creating this permanent legacy.
We were nominated by B&NES to submit our project to the WW1 Remembered Awards; and I'm pleased to say we are now finalists in the Arts & Creativity category, the Awards take place in November so we will let you know how we get on!

We have been working with film-maker Andy Kemp and have produced a
Bath War Hospital evaluation film that is now available to view
and we would very much appreciate your feedback so do take a look by clicking on the link!"
Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager
“Brilliant – I grew up in Bath. I am just visiting today & I have learnt a heartfelt snap of history – Thank you. I also loved the works of art! 5*” Visitor

Art at the Heart receive a highly commended award!

Art at the Heart have received recognition from the Arts and Health South West Prize 2016 for their Fusion Exhibition, a project that took place at the RUH last summer.

This was an inaugural project for the hospital and we were very pleased with the final exhibition that went beyond the usual boundaries of the central gallery and resulted in installations of 3D works displayed inside and outside the hospital as well as an audio visual displayed in a hospital waiting room.
The project won Highly Commended in the Arts & Health South West Prize 2016 and the arts team attended the awards ceremony at the Arnolfini in Bristol.
Introducing the new

A major project this year has been to design a new art map so that RUH patients, visitors and staff can locate exhibitions, artworks and sculptures in courtyards around the site. Two students from Bath Spa University have worked on this project and it was managed by the arts team.

The idea is to indicate the many locations of exhibits around the hospital, and for it to offer a welcome distraction. Bath Spa Arts Management (MA) student, Mao Takata has completed a 7 month work placement with Art at the Heart. We wanted the art map to be a work of art in its own right, and Mao introduced (BA) Textiles Student; Ayane Fujioka to the project who screen printed the corridors on fabric to create the outline of the map and stitched where the art exhibitions, sculptures and individual artworks are located.
The Zone colours are coherent with the colour scheme used in the official RUH map: Zone A - purple, Zone B - green, Zone C - yellow and Zone D - blue.  

This Textile piece has then gone through a digital process to produce a printed arts map that will be on display throughout the hospital. It highlights certain way-finding features including the Friends Coffee Shop.
"The arts map provides a real asset to enable staff and visitors to explore and discover all the artworks on display at the RUH.” Tony Smith, Exhibitions Manager

You can pick up an art map from the RUH central gallery now!
Central Gallery (Zone B)
21st October 2016 - 12th January 2017

A highlight this Autumn includes the Sci-Art Synergy Exhibition that explores the link between science and art and how artists are inspired by science and how art can allow people to engage with science.

Alongside we have an exhibition by Judy Rodrigues who has an exhibition of paintings based on Ventnor Botanic Gardens ,Isle of Wight, during the winter of 2014/15 and about the gardens micro climate heritage and its core themes of well-being and sustainability.
South Gallery (Zone C)
9th September 2016 - Mid February 2017

There are two new exhibitions in the South Gallery, The Open Square by Fringe Arts Bath and Florals & Landscapes by 'jessica textile art'. You can view and read more about our current exhibitions in the South, North and West Galleries as well as more permanent work situated on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors on our website
This Summer has seen the continuation of the Bath War Hospital Exhibition. We have showcased this in the RUH Central Gallery revealing how ‘"small acts of kindness" from the community helped to support the operation of the hospital and were invaluable to the well-being and rehabilitation of the traumatised soldiers. This exhibition will carry on until 13th October.

Alongside this exhibition is the Bath Artists’ Studios 12"x12" Sealed Auction. You can bid for the 12″x12″ artworks now! To place a bid you can either fill out a form via our website or pick a form up in the RUH central gallery and post in the box provided.
The reception evening will be held on the 6th October in the Friends Coffee Shop from 6-7.30pm, all welcome! This will be the last chance to bid for your favourite artwork and final winning bids will be announced.
“Always a joy to walk along, stopping at each one to admire. Good variety of subjects. A lot of talent.” Visitor
pARTicipate - Stitch in Time workshops

Stitch in Time has had a quiet time over summer. Averagely we have worked with 2 or 3 patients each session as opposed to our normal 7 or 8. The low numbers have not diminished the quality of experience; in fact we have been able to spend time individually with patients encouraging engagement in the activities and the telling of their stories. In telling their stories, patients often visibly relax, they take great pleasure in their recollections and we have witnessed many animated conversations around the table.

With the patients permission we scribe key moments from the stories on the sheet of acetate laid on the table. We now have many sheets, layer upon layer of memories. It has been a great privilege to be part of this sharing.

Artist in Residence,
Edwina Bridgeman


From January to May the Children’s Ward was involved in a large scale tapestry project as part of the Bath War Hospital Exhibition.

We are now fundraising to continue Artsparks which has proven to be so beneficial to young RUH patients and their families. Please see our pARTicipate film.

If you are able to support our efforts to raise funds in any way,
please contact the arts office 01225 82(4987)
If you would like to see the wonderful Artsparks workshops that have taken place over the last 3 years visit our website by clicking on the above images.

We have had a busy year so far with 12 Lunchtime performances taking place from Bath Folk Club and Live Music Now musicians plus a week of performances for the Bath Folk Festival, reaching 3000 patients, visitors and staff in total.

As well as this Musician in Residence Frankie has performed over 147 ward sessions so far this year reaching just under 3000 patients, visitors and staff. We have 6 more lunchtime performances scheduled up to the end of the year including 3 more performances from Live Music Now (LMN) musicians.


Lunchtime performances: Dates for your Diary!

The Soundbite Music Programme brings a varied line-up of music to patients, staff and visitors at the RUH and there are some great lunchtime performances to look forward to this autumn/winter at 13:00-13:30 in the Atrium. Please note on 2nd December the performance will be held in the Lansdown Foyer.

30th September - Icaris Duo (Flute and Guitar) Live Music Now (LMN)
11th October - The Gaulois Brothers (Guitar Duo)
28th October - Laurent Trio (String Trio) LMN
8th November -  Hodmadoddery (Guitar and Vocal Duo)
2nd December - Beatrice Newman and Bethan Semens (Cello and Harp) LMN
13th December - Louis Baxter and Seb Gutiez (Guitar and vocals)

“The ward enjoys having singers/musicians on the ward.
Patients find it very relaxing as does the staff. Keep up the visits."
Staff Member


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 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.

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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