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 :



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