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; 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.
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.
Connect: public art programme for the 3Ts Redevelopment of the Royal Sussex County Hospital
An ambitious arts programme for the Royal Sussex County Hospital 3Ts redevelopment which aims to create a welcoming therapeutic environment, conveying compassion and care whilst establishing a strong visual identity.
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.
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.
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
University Hospitals Bristol: Textiles and watercolour
Integrated artworks installed in the new Bereavement Suite, including the Mortuary, Patient Affairs and the Sanctuary space.
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
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.
Gloucester Royal Hospital: Photography
Artwork is providing enjoyment and distraction at Gloucester Royal Hospital
Bristol Royal Infirmary Redevelopment: Sculpture, Photography & Feature Walls
Artworks deliver involvement, innovation and inspiration
The Sir Robert Ogden Macmillan Centre: Sculpture, Landscaping and Interiors
Art brings nature inside to provide healing environment
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.
Macmillan Delamere Unit, Runcorn - Integrated Artworks
Integrated artworks support the patient journey and create a sense of local ownership and pride.
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.
Southmead Learning & Research and Pathology: Public Art Programme
The seamless integration of art, architecture and interior design creates supportive and uplifting environments for staff.
Guy's Hospital Cancer Day Unit: Poetry & Illustration
Artworks created in response to workshops with patient, staff and carers.
Gloucestershire Royal: Public Art Programme
Leading The Way - A public art programme for Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Gloucestershire Royal: Lightbox & Photography
Artwork commissions for Department of Critical Care at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital
Southmead Hospital Bristol, Fresh Arts: Ongoing Arts Programme
Arts programme for North Bristol NHS Trust