2016 and Beyond

Improving patient and staff environment with art and design commissioning for RUH new builds and refurbishment


Art and Design for RADIOLOGY

The family of the late Sir George Pollock Bt. HonFRPS, FRSA, an accomplished photographer and a past President of the Royal Photographic Society 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.

Shaped Light on Heather, 1983 by Sir George Pollock

Art at the Heart has been working with Capital Projects and the project manager has arranged colour scheme consultations with staff. The art scheme has been developed with the interior design team. There will be a lit ceiling showing sky and trees, also ceiling tiles in the bed waiting areas displaying a tree canopy.

RUH Consultant Cardiologist, Dr Richard Mansfield will also have photography on display enhanced by a wall light box.



Group Engagement sessions for staff have now begun and staff will have the opportunity to learn about and comment on several art and design proposed commissions. Art at the Heart aims to bring elements of the Mineral Water Hospital’s (RNHRD) heritage to the new Centre. Wallpapers will be designed by Jose Mendoza using the Mineral Water Hospital historic portrait paintings and artefacts as inspiration. A geographical timeline created by Ross Bennett will weave along the corridor leading to the Hydro Therapy pool depicting the discovery and source of thermal waters and its geographical and historical journey. Stunning feature hydrotherapy pool windows will be designed by Chris Tipping.

Following patient consultation, two projects – the geographical timeline and hydrotherapy pool windows are using Flow as a key theme.

“Flow is active. It is not just the water, but it is the way our muscles are warmed and released, allowing blood to flow more freely. It is the freedom from stiffness of joints, when even a centimetre gained is a big triumph.” Patient

RUH Art and Design manager Hetty Dupays is working closely with IBI Interior Designer Lynn Lindley to create an overarching scheme that will combine the classic and contemporary, creating crisp clean lines combined with the warmth of colour seen in the Bath stone.

Long views and short glimpses through the space are directed through perforated interior walls allowing us to incorporate museum items/current collection pieces into the space. Entrances and waiting areas for both Rheumatology and Therapies will be key places to include elements of The Mineral Hospital’s heritage as well as Bath’s connection with the thermal healing waters.

These will take the form of Cabinets of Curiosity, feature wallpapers and interpretations of key architectural features using vinyl manifestations for glass.

We also propose an artwork installation that can weave around the corridor walls leading to the Therapies Pool depicting the discovery and source of thermal waters and its geographical and historical journey as a visual timeline.

Colour will be an important element of the interior design scheme, using paint, coloured or decorative resin wall panels and lighting to create a fitting ambience in each area of the building.

Wayfinding will be included in the brief and many of the elements of the interior scheme described above will aid the patient journey naturally and we will also look at innovative use of wall and floor graphics.

We will also be involved in external design features including sculpture. There will be several landscaped gardens creating tranquil areas for patients, carers and staff can relax.

Spiritual Care Centre: A place for Reflection and Prayer

Art at the Heart have led the interior design and commissioning of artworks for the new Spiritual Care Centre. It features a beautiful stained glass window, ‘Reaching Out’ designed by designer-maker Sally Pollitzer. Sally is a painter as well as a maker of stained glass windows and landscape is often reflected in her glass designs, however abstract they may appear. Sky, hills and sunlight are represented with colour. Two stained glass works from the old chapel have also been moved in to the new centre.

‘Reaching Out’ Stain Glass Window by Sally Pollitzer Image credit: Sally Pollitzer












There is a stunning cast bronze sculpture by artist, Chris Buck titled ‘In your arms’ that sits in the brand new courtyard space. Chris studied in Cornwall and he is inspired by the St. Ives abstract artists, and is a Member of the Penwith Society of Arts founded by Barbara Hepworth and Ben Nicholson. He produces sculpture in both wood and stone, it is in bronze that he finds the greatest satisfaction, combining natural forms and industrial precision to achieve individual pieces of strength and beauty.

‘In your arms’ sculpture by Chris Buck Image credit: Art at the Heart

The creation and the landscaping of the Courtyard Garden and artwork in the Spiritual Care Centre have been funded with a legacy bequeathed to the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal, by a kind and generous Gentleman in his Will.

This space will function as a sanctuary – a place of comfort and refuge – for people with different needs who come from a wide variety of belief systems.

The Chaplaincy Team aims to provide pastoral and spiritual care to people of all faiths or none, respecting each person’s integrity, belief and need.

The Spiritual Care Centre offers 24 hour access and includes a space for anyone to come and sit, think or/and pray. The books of remembrance for both adults and babies is set aside in a designated area along with a book for people to write their own prayers and thoughts.

Image credit: Sally Pollitzer









The new Multi Faith Centre is very accessible and is located on the crossroads of Zone C&D on the ground floor, Princess Anne Wing.




In October 2015, the RUH started work on the construction of our new pharmacy facility. This marked another milestone in the Trust’s Fit for the Future programme, as we work to transform our estate and further improve the services we provide.

Staff moved in to the new Pharmacy building in early 2017.


New location, improved facilities, future focused…
The project team worked closely with staff and pharmacy users during the design process, to make sure our new pharmacy best meets the needs of patients and staff. As part of this process Art at the Heart led consultation workshops with staff to gage their impressions for suggested colour schemes to include feature walls, flooring, impact panelling and furniture. This is a very sterile area but we want to try and soften the internal working areas with sensitive and imaginative additions of colour and also art.

Part of the AATH ran a series of workshops with staff as well as thoughts towards an arts
commission, which staff agreed should relate to the natural world and Pharmaceutical
Research. This led to a commission with artist Dr Michele Whiting, whose suite of four drawings represent aspects of current research at Bath University with plants including the daffodil, as points of departure. Dr Whiting was supported by Dr Sarah Bailey, Prof Stephen Husbands, and Dr Lorenzo Caggian, Researchers at the Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology at Bath University.

The finished building is bright and airy; it has a contemporary feel with accents of colour for walls and floors. The large scale series of artworks will add a unique asset to the department.

Pharmacy Artworks

Laboratory Drawings: Works on Paper 150cm x 100cm by Dr Michele Whiting


PET/CT: RUH Radiography Department

A PET/CT scanner has been installed within a purpose built suite encased with lead lined walls within the Radiography Department. This facility will transform cancer diagnosis at the RUH as well as diagnosing dementia conditions including Alzheimer’s.

The environment needeKaty McIntyre Brown-1d to be carefully designed for that the patient as it can be a stressful experience for a patient to go through. We commissioned a series of bespoke vinyl wallpaper designs by Katy McIntyre Brown for each Patient Bay to coordinate with the feature wall colours and they were designed purposefully not to be too ‘busy’ in order to minimise brain activity and not over stimulate the patient.

They have to wait in a side bay on their own for an hour prior to the scan and it’s important to remain relaxed and very still in order for the procedure to work effectively. The individual colour and wallpaper design for each Bay also helps the patient to navigate to and from the scanner room unaided.


A six 6 panelled lit ceiling by Sky Inside UK was installed above the PET CT scanner adds another dimension to the room and helps to distract the patient whilst undergoing their scan. Including artwork into the design, such as these wallpapers and the sky ceiling has been shown to improve the patient experience by alleviating anxiety and stress and acting as a distraction. Staff and patients alike are amazed that the whole department, lined with lead brick, could exude such a gentle and comforting aura.


Teenage Chill Out Room

In 2016 The Children’s Ward raised funds for a Teenager’s Chill Out Room and Art at the Heart created mood boards and consulted with young patients and ward staff, resulting in a bespoke design including colour scheme for walls, flooring, artwork and furnishings to meet their wishes. Graffiti Prints generously donated a signed LE print by graffiti artist Martin Watson, adding a unique edgy and contemporary ambience to the room. IT and gaming equipment was also installed and is now being used by teenagers on the ward on a daily basis.

Teenage Chill Out Room



Innovative design is the key to creating a welcoming and exceptional environment for patient care. The Forever Friends Appeal aims to raise a total of £250,000 for art to create a truly pioneering Cancer Care Centre that complements the existing high quality care for patients at the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Art at the Heart  will ensure that there is a clear art and design strategy for the new Cancer Care Centre. Art takes many forms, and in this instance can include integrally etched windows that could act as screens, a clever use of light and colour to brighten waiting areas, small gardens, as well as stunning pieces of artwork. In addition the hospital’s art charity hopes to include stand-out sculpture, using the landscape as an integral part of the project.












AATH have already built quite a strong collection of artworks for the new Cancer Care Centre; including ‘Brass Monkey’ by Bruce Munro, which is a vibrant light installation that will be incorporated into the building’s landscape design.

The overall aim is to create a truly holistic healing environment, connecting the outside to the inside, capturing light into the building through glazing and layout, and to maximise views enhancing the whole hospital environment. Understanding the benefits of adding greenery into a built environment to help improve health is not a new concept. Taking on board this knowledge, the proposal is that landscape takes centre stage, driving the design both externally and internally.

The Royal United Hospitals Bath has been here for the people of Bath for generations. It owes its existence to the generosity of the community it serves, and the contributions of that community remain as important as ever. If you would like to support the arts fund or are interested in finding out how you can get involved, The Cancer Care Centre Wish List is now available by request on 01225 824987 or email hetty.dupays@nhs.net