Art at the Heart

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More creativity and inspiration

Art at the Heart is funded by RUHX and provides an innovative and inspiring arts programme which delivers exhibitions, live music, and creative activities, for patients, visitors and staff at the Royal United Hospitals Bath. As well as exceptional medical care, the hospital provides 52 acres of space for both amateur and professional artists, and arts organisations, to exhibit their work in a unique environment.

With your help we want to raise £53,000 to provide this for 2023/24 and ensure our patients continue to receive extraordinary art therapy at the RUH Bath.

Art at the HEart

We want to be able to continue providing this holistic approach to medical care and treatment through art and design, providing a high quality programme of music, visual arts, dance and drama to support patients, their families and staff in our hospital. If you are passionate about the arts we need your help to keep this extra extraordinary programme going.

Evidence has shown that access to arts opportunities and participation in the arts can dramatically improve health outcomes and wellbeing for patients. It can reduce stress and increase social engagement as well as provide opportunities for self-expression.

As a charity, we have funded many of the permanent pieces on display throughout the hospital and also fund the pARTicipate programme.

Art at the Heart
pARTicipate workshops for all

Our pARTicipate programme is an ongoing service which provides three core projects:


The Soundbite Music Programme brings a varied line-up of music to patients, staff and visitors at the RUH; this involves live musical performances as well as interactive music visits for patients. Soundbite aims to create an uplifting and positive environment for patients, visitors and staff, whist providing students and emerging musicians with the opportunity to gain experience of music facilitation and performance in a health care setting.

Artsparks on the Children’s Ward

Art workshops for young patients and their families/carers make a real difference to their overall experience and hospital stay; which also supports the clinical teams and in turn reduces pressures across the ward. Children often start workshops shy and unsure but leave with huge smiles and an enormous sense of achievement. Inevitably, this makes the whole ward a happier place.

Stitch in Time on Older Patients Units (OPU)

Weekly creative art and reminiscence workshops individually tailored for our older patients. There have been noticeable benefits for some patients who work in a group, with more interaction and improved communication skills. Having interesting activities taking place, such as art or music, gives a patient more incentive and motivation to get up and participate, which can help maintain mobility and independence.

How you can help us

With your help we want to raise £53,000 to provide this for 2023/24 and ensure our patients continue to receive extraordinary art therapy at the RUH Bath.

There are many ways you can support this project:

“The patient’s enjoy singing and listening to Frankie the most out of all activities offered on the ward. Always lifts the patient’s mood and they look forward to seeing her again!”