Participatory Projects

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we have had to postpone our participatory projects.

However, we have been looking at alternative ways to continue to offer these services to patients virtually via zoom or video and we have created single use art packs. Please see ART & CRAFT PACKS for more info.


The Soundbite Music Programme brings a varied line-up of music to patients, staff and visitors at the RUH; this involves live musical performances as well as interactive music workshops. Soundbite aims to create an uplifting and positive environment for patients, visitors and staff, creating long-lasting relationships between the RUH and the wider community.

Through the Soundbite Programme we aim to increase access to musical provision across the RUH community; improve the well-being of patients, staff and visitors at the RUH, and to provide students and emerging musicians with the opportunity to gain experience of music facilitation and performance in a health care setting.

Our Musician in Residence Frankie Simpkins visits 5 OPU’s wards and offers visits to other patients all around the hospital. She delivers musical interactions and performances with patients and staff, using voice and ukulele. Frankie is very experienced working in a hospital setting, and is sensitive to performing in a busy ward environment.  She ensures to work around medical staff carrying out their tasks, whilst creating a calm and uplifted atmosphere for them to work in.

Musician in Residence, Frankie Simpkins

We are looking forward to continuing our performance programme for patients, staff and visitors as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Stitch in Time

Stitch in Time provides weekly creative art and reminiscence workshops on the RUH older patients units led by Stitch’s lead artist Charlotte Stowell and visiting artist, Edwina Bridgeman. The workshops are co-produced by textile students and volunteers.

We recently submitted an article to The Journal of Dementia Care on our ‘Stitch in Time’ Garden project with Charlotte Stowell and it was published in the March/April 2020 issue:


Artsparks was first established in 2008 and is led by Artist in Residence, Edwina Bridgeman who brings a series of regular creative workshops to young patients on the Children’s Ward. The workshops take place both in the playroom and by patient bed sides. The intention is to allow children to enjoy the freedom to produce their own artwork in a safe, supportive and non-judgemental setting.

Artsparks was generously funded by Friends of the RUH 2019-20.

We are looking forward to continuing our art programme and participatory projects for patients, staff and visitors as soon as we have secured funding and it’s safe to do so.