Arts and Health Training- 25th January 2016

‘How to make a strong application to ACE/ other trusts and foundations including researching funders, writing an application and getting the project ready’

Joanne Byron


Monday the 25th January

3-5pm at the Chocolate Factory, Centrespace Gallery.

This session is free and open to the public, so please pass this information on to anyone it may be of interest to; there is limited capacity,  so if you would like to attend please email to ensure you have a reserved place.


Hope to see you there!



Forum Update Oct 2015

The Bristol Arts and Health Forum met on Tues 22 September 2015 at MShed. 14 people attended and we had a good discussion about the role of the forum moving forward. It was agreed that the main priorities are:

  • Sharing information and opportunities on topics such as current projects, funding, recruitment and volunteer opportunities
  • Organising training, workshops and visiting speakers (dependent on accessing funding from the arts development team budget or another source)
  • Sharing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and best practice
  • Identifying opportunities to work together, develop partnership projects and make collaborative funding bids 

It was suggested that we focus on a different theme for each meeting. For the next meeting the Arts Development team are looking into organising a session about funding.

PS Bristol City Council’s Creative Seed Fund opened for applications on 5th Oct 2015 for projects and events happening between April 2016 and March 2017. All paperwork and how to apply is available on the website

The closing date for applications is Mon 16th November at 5pm.

Fresh Arts Festival – Southmead Hospital Bristol

Artists, musicians, dancers and choirs will join patients, staff and visitors at Southmead Hospital Bristol during the 2-day Fresh Arts Festival that will take place on the 18th and 19th September 2015 to celebrate the role that creativity and the arts play in supporting health and wellbeing.

Local artists and art students from the University of West of England will be joined by artists and art students visiting from University of Tsukuba in Japan during this exciting programme of free arts activities for patients, staff, visitors, families and local residents.

The Fresh Arts Festival will include foot-tapping live music for patients on wards and pop-up choirs in public areas; patients and visitors are invited to drop into inspiring origami, calligraphy, printmaking and woodworking workshops; the mesmerizing Concorde Wheelchair Dancers will perform in the hospital atrium; a giant knitted installation created by dozens of local knitters will be unveiled; a Japanese ‘washi tape’ installation will cover the walls with pictures and patterns; performances from ‘Bristol Art Library’ will intrigue and delight; and there will be a chance to tour the new hospital to find out more about Fresh Arts, the hospital’s ongoing arts programme.

The first Fresh Arts Festival took place last year to celebrate the opening of the Brunel building and was a huge success.

North Bristol NHS Trust Director of Nursing, Sue Jones described the impact of last year’s Festival: “I thought it was a fantastic event; so inspiring. The festival brought a real sense of community to the hospital and was so beneficial for patients. It was like breathing soul into the building.”

“The Festival is a fantastic way of welcoming people into the hospital building and showing them that it is a healing space,” said North Bristol NHS Trust Fresh Arts Manager Ruth Sidgwick.

The Fresh Arts Festival 2015 will take place on Friday 18th and Saturday 19th September. All events and activities are free, and open to patients, staff, visitors, families and local residents. There is no need to book, just turn up and take part.

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To be kept up to date and to download a full programme please click here or visit

The Touch Diaries Premiere


Acclaimed film-maker and choreographer Lisa May Thomas is putting the finishing touches to her brand new film project The Touch Diaries. You can help! The work will premiere at ICIA, University of Bath on 9th July 2015 and we need just £3,000 in 5 weeks to transform the final stage of production and make a film of the highest possible quality.

We appreciate all of the support that we have already received and recognise that your further contributions are invaluable as they are sustaining The Touch Diaries research.

For more information on how you can make a pledge to this project, find out about the rewards available and help us to reach our target please head to our Crowdfunder page:

The Touch Diaries Premiere

Thursday 9th July 2015

£5, 18:00-21:00

Weston Studio, The Edge, University of Bath

The Touch Diaries is a research project that looks into touch and human connection across generations. Through workshops and a diary-study, we have been finding out about what people think about these themes and how things have changed and are changing in the growth of the digital age. Isolation and loneliness are more and more prevalent in todays world not only for older people but also across younger generations. We are super-connected yet real-life communities are fracturing as socialising and socialisation takes place online. The research has formed the basis for a short dance film The Touch Diaries using the body and movement to express the ideas and stories that have emerged. 

Book your tickets for the world premiere of The Touch Diaries dance film alongside a taste of live performance work based on the research into touch, connection and community.

There will be accompanying discussion with project director Lisa May Thomas and her co-collaborators sound artist Andy Pink, cinematographer Adam DJ Laity of Black Cat Films, executive producer Cheryl Pierce and Simone Fullagar and Stephanie Merchant from the Physical Cultural Studies Group (University of Bath) who are undertaking a reflexive evaluation of the project. There will also be the opportunity to hear experiences from the project participants and performers, see gatherings of the Touch Diary research and participate in interactive touch activities.

Many thanks, Lisa and the TTD Team

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Arena and LCUK (Landscape Collective UK) Group

Red Squirrel 4 ( Bath )
‘Red Squirrel 4’ by John Chamberlin (Arena)

Exhibition runs until: 10th July 2015

Venue: Art at the Heart of the RUH, Main Corridor Gallery, Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust, Combe Park, Bath BA1 3NG

Opening Times: Mon-Sun 8am-8pm

Following last year’s popular and successful Arena Exhibition at the Royal United Hospitals in Bath, it is with great pleasure to welcome them back with a brand new colour show featuring work from group members Nicky Gwynn Jones, Tony Worobiec, Susan Brown, Roger Longdin, John Chamberlin, Harry Cundall, Eva Worobiec, Carol Hicks and Leigh Preston.

The aims of Arena are to promote the highest standards of photography, to encourage print-making, to show and discuss new work and new photographers, to invite speakers who excel in their photographic and artistic fields and to promote constructive debate.

The exhibition is in conjunction with LCUK (Landscape Collective UK) Group, an inaugural exhibition of unique and award winning landscape photography.

Landscape Collective UK consists of 13 landscape photographers
that meet every two months to show and discuss a series of their latest printed work. If you are a keen photographer this exhibition is set to inspire with Cornish coastlines, dazzling sunsets and misty morning scenes.

For further information please contact:
Hetty Dupays, Arts Programme Manager
Jessica Shoemack, Marketing Assistant

T: 01225 824987
Follow us on Twitter @artatruh

Arts and Health South West Awards Ceremony

Date:Monday 8 June 2015;
Time: 6 – 8pm
Location: Bristol City Museum and Art Gallery
Tickets £20 include entry to Hogarth exhibition.
To book please click here

Evening drinks reception and prize giving event for the Arts & Health South West Prize 2015.

This event is planned to celebrate Creativity and Wellbeing Plus, a national week of events to showcase the breadth and excellence of arts in health activity from across the UK.

A shortlist drawn from the 62 entries to the Arts & Health South West Prize 2015 will be in line for prizes worth £7000 which will be awarded to the projects or organisations, and the individual that have made an outstanding contribution to arts, health and wellbeing in the South West in 2015.

The event will be held at the Bristol Museum and Art Gallery to coincide with the exhibition: William Hogarth: Painter and Printmaker. Oil paintings by Hogarth, will be on loan from Tate Britain this summer and this will be the most comprehensive show of the artist’s work ever in the South West. From portraiture to satire to history painting; this exhibition will introduce the diverse range of subjects that were tackled by this iconic painter and printmaker.

Bristol, home to Hogarth’s 28ft high Altar piece currently on display at St Nicholas Church, is proud to be selected by Tate as the only regional partner.

Caro Howell, Director of the Foundling Museum will give the keynote address. Hogarth devoted over twenty-five years of his life to the Foundling Hospital, becoming the leading artistic contributor to the Foundling Hospital Art Collection. He was an early proponent of arts and health and is also associated with St. Bart’s Hospital where he painted two murals free of charge, The Pool of Bethesda and The Good Samaritan. The Foundling Museum continues to work with contemporary artists for the benefit of local communities and their health and wellbeing. Grayson Perry was a Hogarth Fellow at the museum in 2010 and said: ” A seaman, a composer and a painter, and the moving story of the charity they started 270 years ago. It is a recipe of art and care, which still looks after kids today. Coram, Handel, Hogarth, what’s not to love?”

Tickets for this event are £20, which includes free entry to the exhibition, wine or soft drinks, and canapés. Please come and show your support for the organisations and projects that have been shortlisted for the AHSW Prize.

East Street Tales


Bristol photographer Ibolya Feher is raising funds for her project to document the vibrant life of East Street. Her aim is to create a unique archive of images, recording the events and the characters of this historical community in Bristol and exhibit it in Bedminster.

“My project is a celebration of life and the people behind the statistics. I am passionate about showing the wider community the charm of the place and its characters. The work invites the audience to look beyond the usual stereotypes associated with Bedminster and promotes social acceptance and wellbeing.”

If enough funds raised Ibolya will be able to complete her work and cover the production costs of an exhibition making her work available to see for everybody. Through her funding page she offers fun and valuable rewards for every contribution. Every donation no matter how small will be greatly received and will help her realize this work.

For more information about the project visit:

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.

For more information visit 

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
Follow us on Twitter @artatruh

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 :