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Staff & Volunteer Exhibition – People’s Vote!

Patients, Staff and Visitors have the opportunity to vote for their favourite artwork…!

A prize will be awarded to the winning artist in January 2018 when the Exhibition comes to an end. You can vote by either filling out a voting slip in the Central Gallery and placing in the box provided or by filling out the form on the Central Gallery page.

RUH Staff & Volunteer Exhibition 2017

We hope you enjoy the exhibition showcasing artwork by the amazing hospital staff and vounteers we have here at the RUH.

Good luck to all Staff and Volunteers who have entered!

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.