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44AD and Art at the Heart of the RUH are currently working on a partnership project: River is the Venue (RIV) with research academics at the University of Bath, funded through their Public Engagement Programme.

The focus of the project is on historical flooding events in Bath and as the project evolves audiences will be exposed to fascinating elements of the water history of the City.

Amongst various community workshops and activities, the project will see a series of public artworks commissioned by local artists as a trail of temporary outside installation/sculptures along key historical flood sites. The artworks will be presented and designed with a view of their accessibility for all.

We have an upcoming workshop on the 13th February and we hope that you and/or your colleagues are able to attend this event! Please see invite below:

Staff & Volunteer Exhibition – People’s Vote Winners Announced!

A fantastic showcase of the RUH Staff’s artistic talents went on display for the RUH Staff and Volunteer Exhibition 2017. Staff members from a range of departments – Maternity, Estates, Pathology, Therapies and ward volunteers to name a few took part by exhibiting mediums such as photography, painting and mixed media.

Wera Hobhouse MP made a special visit to the RUH to present the People’s Vote prize.

Wera Hobhouse MP presenting the People’s Vote, along with RUH Commercial Director Jocelyn Foster to winner Matron Amanda Gell with her artwork ‘Hare’ and runner-up Karen Road, RUH Social Worker with her artwork Lansdown Hill, Bath.

Over 150 votes were cast, and the winner was revealed to be Matron, Amanda Gell with her artwork ‘Hare’. Amanda won a meal out for 2, kindly provided by Ian and Christa Taylor, owners of The Abbey Hotel, Bath. The runner-up was RUH Social Worker, Karen Road with her artwork ‘Lansdown Hill, Bath’. Karen won a £50 framing voucher to use in Meltone Gallery, with thanks to Colin and team. Special thanks to Wera Hobhouse for presenting the prizes, The Abbey Hotel and the RUH Forever Friends Appeal for supporting the People’s Vote.

Hare by Matron, Amanda Gell


Lansdown Hill, Bath by Karen Road








Art at the Heart win Creative Bath Award!

Art at the Heart of the RUH are thrilled to have won the Creative Bath 2017 Award for ‘Art’. The awards took place on Thursday 8th June in Queens Square, Bath to celebrate the very best of Bath’s creativity.

The judges were particularly impressed with the Bath War Hospital heritage project, they commented “Great cause, great concept. The WW1 project is an exciting initiative with good feedback and testimonials. So very moving – provides healing through creativity” 

The Art at the Heart team with their Creative Bath Award! L to R: Jessica Shoemack (Marketing & Programme Support Officer), Hetty Dupays (Art & Design Manager), Tony Smith (Exhibitions Manager)

The team said:As a charity, funding is always an issue and this award will hopefully help us gain greater financial support to enable us to continue to enhance the environment for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors at the hospital.

Donations, large or small, make a real difference to our programme. Small donations (e.g. £2/£5/£10) made to our charity in June will be matched by Local Giving:

A huge thank you to everyone that supports Art at the Heart.”


‘Roads to Recovery’ at the BRLSI in FEbruary HALF TERM!

The Art at the Heart team will be joining forces with The Natural TheA5 RTR Poster front finalatre Company, Corsham commemorates WW1 and Bath Records Office on the 11
th February 2017 to bring a Bath War Hospital experience to Queens Square, Bath. The Natural Theatre Company are working with local youth clubs, schools, cadet forces and the Natural Youth Theatre to bring the War hospital to life across the city. The project has been supported by The National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund.

There will also be the opportunity to see the Bath War Hospital ‘Acts of Kindness’ exhibition at the Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution (BRLSI) where it will be on show for a week 11th – 18th Feb 2017.


Art at the Heart are finalists for the WW1 Remembered Awards!

ww1-remembered-logoArt at the Heart, the Royal United Hospital’s charitably funded arts organisation were nominated by B&NES council to submit their Bath War Hospital “Acts of Kindness” project to the WW1 Remembered Awards.

The exhibition has been showcased in the RUH Central Gallery revealing how “small acts of kindness” from the community helped to support the operation of the hospital. The project was funded by Heritage Lottery: 1st World War ‘Then and Now’ Fund.

Art at the Heart were selected as finalists in the Arts & Creativity category and the Awards took place in November in London.


We are delighted to say we achieved runner up for our project. The success of the exhibition would not have been possible without key volunteers, individuals and supporting organisations such as Weston Heritage and Research Society and Bath Records Office. You can view the Bath War Hospital film on our evaluation page



Two students from Bath Spa University have been working on a project with Art at the Heart to design a new art map so that RUH patients, visitors and staff can locate exhibitions, artworks and sculptures in courtyards around the site.

art map detail

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, first updating the arts inventory of around 500 artworks within the hospital, and working with the arts team to develop and produce the final map.

“I am glad to have been able to accomplish this RUH Art Map project that I have engaged in diligently over the past few months. It would be great if the art map can produce opportunities for more people to enjoy the artworks at their time in the RUH.” Mao Takata

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 corridor layout on to fabric to create the outline of the map and stitched where the art exhibitions, sculptures and individual artworks are located.

screen print process 2The 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 will be on display for public view from September at the Atrium ‘crossroads’ in the west corridor (Zone B) alongside printed copies of the map, anart mapd the printed map will also be available around the Trust.

The arts map provides a real asset to enable patients, visitors and staff to explore and discover all the artworks on display at the RUH.” Tony Smith, Exhibitions Manager

The Arts team would like to thank Mao and Ayane for all the hard work that went into this RUH Art Map project.