Central Gallery

The Central Gallery is situated in Zone B on the Ground Floor, left and right of the main atrium.

Hope and Humanity in the Commonwealth 2022

This exhibition will be on show at the RUH until 30th May and is a wonderful celebration of the Royal Commonwealth Society (Bath and District Branch) – its values, and the support it gives to our local community.

It was free to enter for all artists (school age to professional) living, learning or working in the BA postcode. The high standard and imagination of the selected artworks on show is testament to the talent of our local artists, all responding to the title theme.

1st Prize (Image above): Rod Craig, One World (Watercolour)

2nd prize: June Bianchi, Women of Kerala: Generations (Mixed media: Chine colle, Monotype, Watercolour)

3rd prize: Paul Thomas, Hope and Humanity (Pastel)

The artists’ prize and exhibition took place at 44AD artspace from 4th – 14th March. Hetty Dupays, Art and Design Manager for Art at the Heart of the RUH and Revd Stephen Girling, Bath Abbey Missioner & Area Dean of Bath judged the artists’ prize (over 18 category).

“The top three selection of winners took little debate and both of us judging were in agreement on our choice for the winner. This beautiful portrait by Rod Craig encapsulated the very meaning of Hope and Humanity, where the anthropomorphic figures hold each other in an embrace of friendship and support.” Hetty Dupays, Art and Design Manager, AATH

The prizes would not be possible without the support and sponsorship of The Charter Trustees of the City of Bath, The Royal Society of St. George, The Britain-Australia Society West Country Branch, TSL Accounting, Norland College, Bath Spa University and 44AD artspace.

COMMUNITY by Wildscreen



COP26 Art: A Healthy Planet

Park by Fergus Taylor, Age 8, St Stephens
Planet by Veronika

Participating Young artists from BANES Schools : Farrington Gurney, Newbridge, Oldfield Park, St Stephens, Widecombe and Art Groups FACE Families acting upon Climate Emergency, ZEAPM,

‘A Healthy Planet’ is an exhibition by Young Persons – The RUH COP26 Art Project invited submissions of artwork, on the theme of a Healthy planet to be exhibited at the Hospital. Children and young people have been invited to consider COP26 and the impact of climate change on the Planet, and how this will affect their future.

Climate action does not stop at the remit of policymakers alone. If we are to meet these challenges, an active and engaged public is essential. In this regard, the arts play a vital role: not just in raising awareness of the issue, but in helping audiences develop a meaningful connection to climate change.

The Royal United Hospital Trust Sustainability team has introduced a number of initiatives aimed at reducing its impact on the environment to reach Net Zero, Sustainability is fundamental to maintaining high quality care; to help us meet the needs of today without compromising the needs for future generations.                           

All work in the exhibition is available to buy at affordable prices with a Donation paid to Art at the Heart, The RUH art charity that includes Artsparks which purchases materials for the Children’s ward.

To buy an artwork please contact tonysmith3@nhs.net or 07768 070403 

A third of every artwork sold goes to the RUH Arts Fund to continue the exhibition programme for patients, staff and visitors.