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.

Bristol City Council’s Creative Seed Fund and the Festival Fund are now open for applications.

Community groups, organisations and individual artists in the city can now apply for the Council’s 2015-16 Creative Seed Fund and the Community Festival and Event Fund. These are annual funds that have one application round each year.

The Creative Seed Fund supports Bristol based creative projects. Individual projects can be awarded up to £3,000. There are two strands to this fund: Artist/Arts Organisation Development Strand and Community Arts Strand Application.

The Bristol Community Festival and Event Fund supports community celebration that engages communities and enhances local image and identity. Individual funds will be awarded up to a maximum of £2,000 per festival/event.

For full application guidance and application forms please visit the Bristol City Council Arts and Culture funding web page

Closing date is Friday  16th January 2015.

Opportunity to work for paintings in hospitals

Paintings in hospitals are looking for two freelance regional coordinators to join their team.

The post holder will need to promote Paintings in Hospitals loan services to health and social care sites and to increase the number of service users and artworks out on loan. They will be responsible for generating new loans and overseeing loan renewals.

For more information download the Regional Coordinator job description or contact Amisha Karia,

Artist wanted for schools project with Cossham Hospital.

Fresh Arts, the arts programme managed by North Bristol NHS Trust, is keen to commission an artist for a schools project with Cossham Hospital.

Deadline for expressions of interest: 9am Tuesday 23rd September 2014

Cossham Hospital completed a refurbishment recently, presenting Fresh Arts with the opportunity for the installation of art work in waiting rooms and circulation spaces.  An artist is sought to work with a local junior school to create work to celebrate local distinctiveness and to enhance the patient environment.

Timescale: workshops over autumn/winter 2014, installation and completion by end of March 2015.

Budget: £2750 including materials and installation

Further information: Download the Artist brief or email


Creative Networking – Urban Knitting, Aruba Stones


An example of Knitiffi in action

Are you a creative looking to meet commissioners?  Or a commissioner looking to meet creatives?

Join artist Ali Brown in a workshop to encourage creative match-making for projects, ideas and skills. Ali Brown is the founder of Knitiffi, a collective of knit artists who breathe life into inanimate objects using knitting.

Creative Networking – Urban Kniting – Aruba Stones 

Wednesday May 7th 2014

6:30 – 8:30pm, The Surrey Vaults, Bristol

Free but booking required 

Aruba wishing stones

In this workshop Ali Brown will help you create your own piece of knit graffiti and be a part of a ‘Knitiffi’ style installation. In Aruba, the Caribbean, a beach is full of stacks of rocks – there is an old island tradition where visitors and residents alike come to offer wishes for health, for wealth, and for happiness.Inspired by this tradition we will be adding some knit graffiti to our stones and building our own stacks full of wishes. Knit, crochet or embellish a pre -knitted panel and fit it to a stone and attach to it your wish culminating in an outdoor knitted art installation. This will be a time for creating, discussion and reflection and chance to experience being a part of a knitted community.

Creativity and communication will be encouraged throughout and you’ll have the chance to freely network with a group of like-minded professionals. No previous knitting experience necessary.

This event is part of a series of creative networking evenings please sign up to the Bristol Arts and Health Forum Blog to keep updated.


Knitiffi in action around Bristol


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Join the Board of Theatre Bristol

Theatre Bristol Ltd is a not-for-profit company, which works with many different people and organisations to create the conditions for great live performance to be made and experienced in Bristol. We are currently seeking to expand our Board of Non-Executive Directors

As a not-for-profit, Theatre Bristol is governed by a Board of Directors. Our Directors volunteer their time to ensure good governance and to drive forward the company’s mission.  Our current Directors would like to find two or three additional Directors: people with ideas, energy and a new perspective. We are also looking for someone to be Chair of the Board.

If you are interested and would like further information or an informal conversation please contact one of our Executive Producers, Katie Keeler or Tanuja Amarasuriya, 0117 373 0873 or download more information here Theatre Bristol

The Innovation Cafe

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In February Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre and Taunton’s Creative Innovation Centre present The Innovation Café – a symposium showcasing some of the most innovative, imaginative and daring collaborations and innovations in the arts, business and healthcare communities.

The afternoon will include a range of speakers and workshops and we are inviting six cultural leaders and organisations to showcase their work. Presentations should be dynamic, engaging and original and must be presented in a PechaKucha format (a Japanese form of presentation – 20 slides, 20 second each). Presentations should focus on: a case study of your work, how working cross sector has broadened / strengthened / challenged your organisation and how innovation has shaped your approach. Ideally we would like to showcase a range of collaborations across arts / business / healthcare / public and private sectors.

The event, which will take place in our 250 seat auditorium, will be dramatic, experimental and offer a vast array of innovations for a hungry audience.

If you are interested in participating please email detailing: your name, your organisation(s) name, your contact details, a bit of history about your organisation/collaboration. Many thanks, Louise Lappin-Cook, Director, Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre

Tacchi-Morris Arts Centre, Taunton, TA2 8PD :: :: 01823 414141

Training: Evaluating Arts, Health & Wellbeing Initiatives


Willis Newson have just launched their 2014 training courses.

  • Are you currently working in the field of arts in health or arts and wellbeing?
  • Do you need to credibly demonstrate the outcomes and impacts of your work?
  • Do you want to want to develop and grow your professional practice or initiative in a way that is sustainable and exemplifies best practice?

Project evaluation remains a key challenge for practitioners and organisations. This course will provide an overview of evaluation techniques to support those managing and delivering arts, health and wellbeing initiatives and introduce participants to the theoretical concepts and practical tools they need to undertake their own evaluations. Our watchwords are Appropriate, Ethical and Credible, but we also encourage participants to think creatively about the approaches they use. Led by expert practitioners, the course will include teaching and case studies as well as group activities providing opportunities for discussion and feedback. Practical skills development will be combined with teaching and reflection. A suggested reading list will be provided.

Course details
Day 1: Appropriate, Ethical and Credible: An Introduction to Arts and Health Evaluation
Day 2: Anecdote to Evidence: Understanding, Accessing and Using the Evidence Base
Day 3: Making Sense of the Numbers: Quantitative Data Collection and Analysis
Day 4: Making Sense of What People Say and Do:Qualitative Data Collection and Analysis
Day 5: Getting the Message Out: Credible and Effective Reporting

The programme is open to project and programme managers working in the field of arts and health or arts and wellbeing, as well as artists, arts practitioners and creative professionals currently working in, or seeking to develop their practice in, arts, health and social care. It will also be of interest to a range of healthcare professionals including arts therapists, occupational therapists, nurses, doctors, activity co-ordinators and managers.

To book click here 

Download the course brochure here:Evaluation Training 2014

Dates: The course will run fortnightly
from 9am – 3.30pm on:
Tuesday 11th February
Tuesday 25th February
Tuesday 11th March
Tuesday 25th March
Tuesday 8th April


  • £450 for the full 5-day programme
  • £110 per day for individual days

While you can choose whether to attend the full five days or pick and choose individual sessions, we do recommend that all participants take the first Introductory session.

As part of our commitment to improving the delivery of arts and health projects, we offer a range of training and professional development courses to those working in the field. For details on other training visit our website.

Training: Participatory Arts in Health and Social Care Settings

website imageWillis Newson have just launched their 2014 training courses.

  • Are you currently working or would you like to work in the field of arts and health
  • Would you like to know how to develop and deliver effective arts projects?
  • Do you want to understand how your work fits into current policy and health agendas?

A growing body of evidence supports the contribution of arts to healthcare. This course will give creative professionals and those working in health and social care the skills to support their professional practice in this growing and dynamic field. It will introduce the concepts, values, and models that inform it and help participants develop, deliver and critically evaluate their own projects. Led by expert practitioners, the day will include teaching and case studies as well as group activities providing opportunities for discussion and feedback. It will combine practical skills development with teaching and reflection. A suggested reading list will be provided.

Course details
The course programme:
Day 1: The Arts, Health and Social Care Context
Day 2: Safe and Ethical Practice within Arts and Health
Day 3: Leading Effective Arts Projects in Health and Social Care Settings
Day 4: Accessing, Understanding and Using the Evidence Base
Day 5: Getting your Work Commissioned

The programme is open to artists, arts practitioners and creative professionals across all artforms currently working in, or seeking to develop their practice in, arts, health and social care. It will also be of interest to a range of healthcare professionals including arts therapists, occupational therapists, activity co-ordinators, public health specialists, counsellors, psychotherapists, researchers and others who wish to better understand the use of arts-based and creative methods in health and social care settings.

Date:The course will run fortnightly from 9am – 3.30pm at Bristol Folk House on:

Thursday 27th February
Thursday 13th March
Thursday 27th March
Thursday 10th April
Thursday 24th April

Cost: £375 for the full 5-day programme.

Bristol Bursary: Four bursary places supported by Bristol City Council are offered to Bristol based artists or arts professionals at a subsidised rate of £125 for the 5-day programme.

To book click here 

Download the course brochure here: Participatory Arts in Health and Social Care Training Programme

As part of our commitment to improving the delivery of arts and health projects, we offer a range of training and professional development courses to those working in the field. For details on other training visit our website.