Hospital Environments

We have considerable experience of working in acute hospital environments delivering a broad range of projects from one-off art commissions to extensive public art programmes, from single participatory projects to the development of ongoing hospital arts programmes.

We have successfully worked as part of multi-disciplinary teams to create award-winning, integrated public art projects for healthcare environments.

We are used to working with project stakeholders at all levels within an organisation and understand the differing needs and cultures of NHS Trusts, services users and staff, construction companies, architects, artists and members of local communities.

We take an integrated approach to art and design in order to create therapeutic internal and external environments that reflect a hospital’s cultural context and involve local communities.

We seek to ensure that our projects are always underpinned by patient, staff and community consultation.

We follow models of good practice and uphold artistic quality and design innovation.

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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Teenage Cancer Trust at Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre: Feature Walls

Illustrator helps to create a unique and welcoming environment, appropriate for young people, on behalf of Teenage Cancer Trust.

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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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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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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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Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre: Sculptures & Words

Patients are being invited to stamp their own identity on their space in hospital using a series of sculptures inspired by books and reading.

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Gloucester Royal Hospital: Photography

Artwork is providing enjoyment and distraction at Gloucester Royal Hospital

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Bristol Royal Infirmary Redevelopment: Sculpture, Photography & Feature Walls

Artworks deliver involvement, innovation and inspiration

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The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre: Sculpture, Landscaping and Interiors

Art brings nature inside to provide healing environment

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Bristol Heart Institute: Public Art Programme

Integrated artworks support the patient journey and create a sense of local ownership and pride. This project won the Building Better Healthcare Award for the Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare 2009.

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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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Southmead Hospital Bristol: The Fresh Arts Festival

A festival of arts events and activities was the culmination of Southmead Hospital Bristol’s public art programme.

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Southmead Learning & Research and Pathology: Public Art Programme

The seamless integration of art, architecture and interior design creates supportive and uplifting environments for staff.

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Guy's Hospital Cancer Day Unit: Poetry & Illustration

Artworks created in response to workshops with patient, staff and carers.

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Gloucestershire Royal: Public Art Programme

Leading The Way - A public art programme for Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

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Gloucestershire Royal: Lightbox & Photography

Artwork commissions for Department of Critical Care at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital

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Southmead Hospital Bristol, Fresh Arts: Ongoing Arts Programme

Arts programme for North Bristol NHS Trust

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