Willis Newson delivers sensitive, inspiring and imaginative arts projects that improve wellbeing and quality of life.

Creative participation and co-production is at the heart of our work. We involve people; providing creative opportunities that increase self-esteem, boost morale and connect communities.

We demonstrate the impact of our work and raise standards by evaluating projects and training others to do so.

Featured Projects

Wellbeing Moves Dance On Referral

Willis Newson worked with dance artist Lerato Stanley-Dunn to evaluate Wellbeing Moves, a pilot dance on referral programme delivered as an integrated part of Southmead Development Trust’s social prescribing work.

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Human Henge Online

Human Henge Online was a test and learn project exploring stakeholder learning and participant experience of remote online engagement with the ancient landscape of Stonehenge during COVID-19.

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Fresh Arts on Referral Evaluation

Fresh Arts on Referral; Evaluation of hospital programme to support patients to better manage chronic conditions

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Connect: The public art programme for the redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital

CONNECT, the ambitious public art programme for University Hospitals Sussex NHS Foundation Trust’s Louisa Martindale Building, was unveiled this month when the new building, part of the Royal Sussex County Hospital, opened in June 2023.

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Y Bwthyn Macmillan Palliative Care Centre

Blurring boundaries between inside and outside, connecting with nature and feeling safe are all part of the inspiration for a transformative arts project in Wales.

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University Hospitals Bristol: Textiles and watercolour

Integrated artworks installed in the new Bereavement Suite, including the Mortuary, Patient Affairs and the Sanctuary space.

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University Hospitals Bristol: Sanctuary space

Willis Newson commissioned and collaborated with artist Ptolemy Mann to create an innovative, flexible solution using artworks to answer the complicated needs of a multi-use, contemplative space

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Fresh Arts on Referral; Creative support for patients with chronic conditions

Willis Newson has been working with North Bristol NHS Trust’s arts programme, Fresh Arts, to set up Fresh Arts on Referral, an ‘arts on prescription’ programme for patients living with cancer, chronic pain and dementia.

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Shaw Healthcare, Brentry Care Home: Interiors and Landscapes

Interdisciplinary artists Somewhere collaborate with Noma architects and Landscape Architects Barry Chinn on the interior and landscape design for a new dementia care home in Bristol.

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Tameside Macmillan Unit: Art and interiors

A new Macmillan Cancer Unit benefits from the integration of art by Christopher Tipping throughout the space, creating a connection with nature and the local landscape

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St Bernard's Hospital: Poetry, Enamel Panels and Interior Design

Service users at a medium secure unit have inspired artworks and interior design through creative consultation

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University Hospitals Bristol: Facade Design

The facade of the Bristol Royal Infirmary has long been lamented as ugly, dirty and in a state of disrepair. When the Trust asked us for ideas on how to improve its appearance, we suggested running a design competition which resulted in a clean, fresh new frontage.

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Brunelcare & Ashley House, Greville Care Home: Landscape artwork

Visual artist Kerstin Bergendal was appointed to work on the landscape design for a new care home in Bristol and brought an innovative, collaborative approach to the project.

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Southmead Hospital Bristol: Public Art Programme

An ambitious integrated art and architecture programme creating a strong sense of identity for the new £430 million Southmead Hospital, Bristol

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Macmillan Delamere Unit, Runcorn - Integrated Artworks

Integrated artworks support the patient journey and create a sense of local ownership and pride.

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