Open call for Bristol Artists

The deadline for the first 6 x £10k Bristol 2015 neighbourhood arts commissions is fast approaching – 2nd April. If you have any queries please get in touch with or call 0117 379 0115.

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FUSION ‘Where Two Minds Collide’


Image ‘Artist Judges Gavin Turk and Cedric Christie with Bath Spa University Exhibition Co-ordinator Fiona Costelloe’

Famous British Artists Gavin Turk and Cedric Christie made a very special visit to the Royal United Hospital recently to judge student proposals for a brand new exhibition that will be launched at the RUH this summer.

Fusion ‘Where two minds collide’ is an exciting collaboration between the Royal United Hospital and Bath Spa University. Arts in Health is a growing and vibrant public sector and this exhibition gives students a chance to show their work in a hospital that has a footfall of 500,000 patients, staff and visitors per year. The judging panel also included Dr Mike Osborn, Consultant Macmillan Clinical Psychologist and Head of Capital Projects and Chair of the Arts Strategy Group, Steve Boxall.

A total of 29 submissions were selected for the exhibition. Students were invited across all disciplines Arts, Science, Education, Drama, Music, Creative writing etc. to submit their work in response to healthcare and well-being. The RUH Arts Charity, Art at the Heart were keen to encourage a multidisciplinary response and promote a wide range of interpretations to the brief, however the work needed to fulfil the hospital’s remit of enhancing the environment for the benefit of patients, staff and visitors.

“It is widely recognised that the arts have a key role to play in delivering an improved

Patient environment” and Fusion is set to be a visually stimulating and unique exhibition this summer with a collection of 2D and 3D works on display in the corridors, waiting areas and courtyards.

Fusion will be open to the public from the 24th July 2015 -16th October 2015 and Art at the Heart would like to thank Minuteman Press Bath for kindly sponsoring the print material which will go a long way in promoting this Bath Spa University exhibition.

Our Mission: To support the Royal United Hospital with an innovative arts programme that stimulates healing and well-being and creates an uplifting environment for all who visit the hospital or work in it.

For further information please contact: 

Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager
Jessica Shoemack, Marketing Assistant      

T: 01225 824987
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Artist’s Brief: Organ Donation Artwork, Southmead Hospital, North Bristol Trust


Organ transplantation is one of medicine’s great success stories, transforming thousands of lives each year. And yet, tragically, hundreds of people die each year in the UK, because organs are not available.

In the UK between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2014:

  • 4,655 organ transplants were carried out, thanks to the generosity of 2,466 donors.
  • 1,328 lives were saved in the UK through a heart, lung, liver or combined heart/lungs, liver/kidney or heart/kidney transplant.
  • 3,301 patients’ lives were dramatically improved by a kidney or pancreas transplant, 188 of whom received a combined kidney/pancreas transplant.

Organ donation occurs at a time of great emotional distress.  But by donating organs after death, the lives of desperately ill people can be saved, helped and transformed.

Organ Donation at North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT)

NBT is keen to recognise organ donations as the last and perhaps greatest gift given by patient’s families as well as highlighting Southmead Hospital’s specialist organ donor services.  On average, two donations a week result from deceased donors at the hospital.  This tremendous, life-changing step needs to be recognised more noticeably in our new hospital building, Brunel, where it could be seen by thousands of people each week.

The artwork

A unique artwork can recognise and highlight this life-changing donation service at our hospital as well as encourage people to sign up to the organ donor register.

Selection procedure:

The selection group for appointing the artist for this project will comprise four members of a project working group, including representatives from The South West Organ Donation Team, from NBT’s organ donation team and from the Fresh Arts programme.


  • April – May ‘ 15 artist recruitment
  • June ’15 patients’ families consultation/unit visit/staff consultation
  • July’ 15 presentation of draft designs
  • Sept’ 15  sign off final designs
  • Nov’ 15 installation of final piece inc. H&S method statement


The fee offered for the project is:

  • £2,500 Design development
  • £2,500 Materials, fabrication, installation etc.

Total: £ 5000

Expressions of Interest:

If you are interested in being considered for this project, please submit:

  1. A short response to this brief, no more than one side of A4, outlining a draft approach to this commission
  2. Examples of your previous work; NBT’s system cannot accept files larger than 10MB so please submit work on CDs if necessary
  3. A current CV

Please email your submission to: /

 The closing date for submissions is 23rd April 2015

 Interviews for the commission will be held on 27st May 2015; please assume your application has not been successful if you do not hear from us before this date.

 For more information or to discuss this brief in detail, please contact :


Speaking of death

A workshop exploring the use of creative and reflective writing as a way of processing the impact of patient death and dying on healthcare professionals.

1001 Fresh arts festival photo by Jim Wileman (2)

  • What is the impact of patient dying and death on healthcare professionals? 
  • What emotions does it give rise to? 
  • How can grief be registered, expressed and processed  in the midst of demanding clinical settings? 
  • Is it possible to be both efficient and sensitive? 
  • Objective and emotionally engaged? 
  • How can caring professionals stay attuned to the emotional needs of patients at the end of life?
  • How can they themselves stay healthy and prevent burn-out?
Sue Mayfield will facilitate a conversation around some of these issues and introduce practical ideas for creative and reflective writing about death and dying. Participants will be helped to write, to develop ideas and to craft their words into simple poems. There will be opportunities to share writing with others but no expectation or pressure – should you wish to keep your words private. Sue Mayfield is a Cheltenham-based novelist and poet who has worked extensively in healthcare settings. She is currently writer-in-residence at Southmead Hospital and facilitates writing-for-wellbeing courses at Cheltenham Maggie’s Centre. Sue uses writing therapeutically within her psychodynamic counselling practice and is the author of two books about bereavement  – Living with Bereavement (2008 Lion)  and First Steps Through Bereavement 2011 Lion).
Date: 26th March
Time: 6:15pm – 8:30pm
Venue: Brunel building, Southmead Hospital
To book please visit: 

Healthcare professionals, artists and anyone with an interest are all welcome to attend.