Our art collection focuses on 20th century and contemporary British art which we display in wards, outpatient units and public spaces. Here is a selection of recent installations of art works across our hospital sites.
Emma Haworth and Chris Orr in the Emergency Department at St Mary's hospital.
The artworks by Emma Haworth and Chris Orr RA, now installed in the department, have been specially commissioned by the Charity’s art collection. The recent £3.2 million upgrade of the department has been funded by the Charity. The works on display showcase the nearby Paddington area and provide a serene, calming effect in what is often a stressful environment.
Emma Haworth has an MA in Drawing in the Fine Art Practice from Wimbledon School of Art. She is known for painting urban scenes based on her acute observation of the ebb and flow of modern life. Her works are held in many private and public collections including UBS Art Collection and the Lister Hospital. Her works of the surrounding areas in all four seasons: the canal at Paddington basin, Little Venice, Paddington Green with St Mary’s Church and Rembrandt Park, have been translated onto vinyl wallpaper in the department’s main corridor. Her Four Seasons work is now installed in the X-Ray reception area.
Emma Haworth said: "I wanted something that would reflect the area we’re in and the people that use it. It’s quite a transient area with lots of tourists and workers as well as the community that live here. We didn’t want it too urban, we wanted more trees and green so we just looked at the parks and nice areas nearby where people have lunch and rest for a bit."
"I liked doing it and it was really interesting. I think you’re more aware of putting more things in and giving more narrative for the picture when you know it’s going to be in a hospital. I think it’ll take your mind off being in a hospital and have a calming effect."
Royal Academician Chris Orr studied at the Royal College of Art where he worked as Professor of Printmaking from 1998 to 2008. His work is held in The Government Art Collection, Tate Britain and the V&A Museum. His idea for the commission was for an artwork to go in the department which would help people look out and think beyond the experience of being in hospital. He started by drawing St Mary’s hospital’s surrounding area from the QEQM building’s roof.
Chris Orr said: “I wanted to encourage a day dream into the world outside. From St Mary's it is possible to see the Wembley Arch, The Royal Albert Hall, The Trellick Tower, The Post Office Tower, The Shard and much more with which people could identify.” He then returned to his studio and added additional details to the panorama. “In the canal I put a fish typical of the inland waterways, a Chubb. Isambard Kingdom Brunel, the engineer of the Great Western Railway makes an appearance as well as Paddington Bear adjacent to the concourse of the station.”
He continues: “The basis of the work is observational drawing, but this is just the foundation, and the subsequent picture takes us into what can be seen and unseen, fact and fiction, past and present. I hope that the viewer will be encouraged to take a journey.”
Susan Collins in the Acute Medical Unite at Charing Cross Hospital
Susan Collins is a BAFTA nominated British artist who is currently Professor of Fine Art and Director of the Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. She’s been a practitioner in the field of new and emerging media art since the late 1980’s. Her work is held in many public collections, including the Government Art Collection and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.
The works on display here are from Susan Collins’ Wembury & Woolacombe (2015-6) series which recorded the view from the North and South Devon coast across a whole year. Each image has been constructed line by line over the time it takes for the tide to go in or out and accumulated to form an archive of the year, from which these prints are a small selection.
Susan Collins commented: “I am delighted to have these works installed in Charing Cross hospital. As well as being about healing and caring, hospitals, for patients and their visitors, are often about time and waiting. These works are also, in a different way, about time, with both time and memory embedded into the images. They also provide a connection with nature, the coast, the outside beyond the city, the hospital ward, the corridors.”
Zinka Zecevic, Occupational Therapist at the Acute Medical Unit said of the works: “The art has transformed the appearance of the ward. It was a unique experience to be able to visit and speak to the artist and have access to her work and have the opportunity to select the pieces from a much wider portfolio.”
Nicholas Hughes and Harry Cory Wright in the Fraser Gamble Ward at Hammersmith Hospital
These artists' works capture the beauty of the British coastline and were previously part of our Art in Focus series. British photographer Nicholas Hughes studied for a MA at the London College of Communication. His work examines both the environmental impact of population growth and the places in which nature still dominates.
The works on display are from his series Seascapes. They capture the intensity of sunlight reflected on the sea along the East Sussex coastline, the early morning sun as it rises on the Welsh coastline and the sea fog rolling in on a Cornish shore.
Harry Cory Wright lives and works in Norfolk. Both his works on display are from the series Anglia (2015), in which he explores the eastern lowlands of the British Isles. Working with his 8 x 10" camera, Cory Wright captures the sun as it rises and sets over the flat, expansive East Anglian coastline.
We are grateful for both Harry Cory Wright and Nicholas Hughes' generosity in realising this installation.
Tim Head in the Peters and De Wardener Wards at Hammersmith Hospital
Tim Head is a British artist best known for his vibrant, abstract prints. His work has been displayed internationally, including at the Venice Biennale, Modern Art Oxford and Whitechapel Gallery. It’s also held in many public collections including Tate; the British Council Collection, Arts Council Collection, British Museum and the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum, New York.
Previously on display in the Cambridge Wing at St Mary’s Hospital, the works on display showcase Tim Head's investigation of the digital medium and its relationship with the physical world. In 2014, Head described the works as 'fabricated within the remoteness of digital space and falling to earth as a fine deposit of inks.'
Dr Neill Duncan, Renal Consultant on the Peters Ward, said: “We were delighted by the Charity’s art team who responded quickly when we asked if they had anything in the collection that could brighten and add interest to the ward for patients and staff alike. “
“The works are brightly coloured kaleidoscopic dots, coral-like, overlap and are dynamic and fun. They grace the halls and the side rooms and have been praised by visitors moving through and patients staying longer. We would welcome all to come and see.”
We are grateful for Tim Head and his gallery Parafin's generosity in realising this installation.
Tom Hammick in the Neuro-Rehabilitation unit at Charing Cross Hospital
Tom Hammick is a British artist based in East Sussex and London, best known for his paintings and prints. His work is held in many public collections including the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum, Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Yale Centre for British Art, and The Library of Congress, Washington DC.
The 10 works on display demonstrate Hammick’s imaginative handling of colour and placement of figures, alone or in groups. Often working through the night, Hammick conjures dusk, dawn or moonlight with his palette of beautiful colours. The pair of woodcuts, Compound Day and Compound Night, illustrate his fascination with showing how the same building appears in different light.
Tom Hammick prints from woodblocks, working with blocks and boards which have a distinct grain which he uses to give texture to features such as the sky and water in his works. He builds up areas of colour by layering pigments, dark tones over light. His work draws on a rich array of influences and inspirations from both art and literature.
David Mach in the Riverside wing at Charing Cross Hospital
David Mach is an internationally respected artist best known for his commissioned sculptures and large-scale pictorial collages. He works with found materials to create works of art reflecting contemporary life. He was elected a Royal Academician in 1998.
Bettina von Zwehl is an internationally renowned photographer famous for photographic portraits and her fascination with the human face and human relations. She was born in Berlin and gained a BA in photography from London College of Printing. Her more prominent works include athlete portraiture for the commission Road to 2012 in the lead up to the London Olympics.
We first displayed Profile III as one of our art in focus exhibitions to coincide with the launch of our appeal to raise funds for the new birth centre. At the popular request of staff we then moved the exhibition to the new birth centre when it opened. The work is a set of six photographs of beautiful 12 month old boys and girls in a style reminiscent of Italian renaissance portrait paintings. The subject matter is a great fit for the birthing centre especially as Bettina’s aim was to present each child as an intelligent being - a perfect match for a space created for expecting parents.
Susie Hamilton’s vibrant works in the Kerr ward at Hammersmith Hospital
Susie Hamilton is a British artist living in East London. Her work is held in many public collections. Exploring people and nature is a recurrent theme within her work with subjects ranging from jungle animals to shoppers in malls.
Mali Morris RA is a British artist working in London. The works on display here, showcase Mali Morris’s exploration of colour relationships through pure abstraction. The works include the screen-prints Bridge (2014), made with the master printer Kip Gresham, and Ruby Tuesday (2011) which allows us to view her painterly interest in colour and space. Wilbury 5 x 4 explores the luminosity and interaction of colour through the layering of acrylic on paper.
Mali Morris writes: ‘I know that one of my own pleasures is to begin to look into a painting that catches my attention and feel I’m getting lost inside it. Just roaming around in its colour and space, whether figurative or abstract, can lead me away from conscious time and the everyday, and I return refreshed. I hope these works will offer an invitation to enter their spaces, and the different kinds of light in them. As a grateful admirer of the NHS I am delighted that some of my paintings and prints now sit on the walls of Charing Cross Hospital.’ (London 2016)
Photographs from the exhibition, 'Medicine during the First Wolrd War: Inter Arma Caritis', have been permanently installed in two Care of the Elderly wards at Charing Cross Hospital.
The title of the exhibition, Inter Arma Caritas, was taken from the inscription on the reverse of the British Red Cross Society War Service Medal. In viewing the First World War (1914-1918) through the photographs of the men and women involved in tending wounded soldiers, disaster and suffering are counterbalanced with compassion and care.
Established in the late nineteenth century, the Royal Army Medical Corps (RAMC) was greatly expanded during the First World War. Providing medical services to British army personnel, it was confronted by a terrible range of injuries. These included the effects of gas and artillery, bullet wounds, gangrene and shell shock.
The key to survival was to get the wounded treated as quickly as possible. Ambulances and stretcher-bearers played a vital role in evacuating the wounded from the battlefield. Injured soldiers were then treated at Advanced Dressing Stations, Casualty Clearing Stations or Stationary Hospitals. Of the 1,100,000 men invalided home to Britain, two thirds returned to duty. This was a very important aspect of the war effort ensuring that men could be properly cared for and then, when possible returned to the front.
The colourful vinyls on the windows were created to bring nature into the ward, with botanical designs travelling over the windows of the individual bays. Working with a designer we created solutions for a calming environment for both patients and staff. Our remit was to provide privacy and distraction for patients, staff and visitors. They were inspired by three works on display by Laura Ford.
Born in 1961, Laura Ford is a Welsh sculptor who lives and works in London. She attended Bath Academy of Arts (1978-82) where her lecturers included Antony Gormley, Richard Deacon and Anish Kapoor, and Chelsea School of Art and Design (1982-83). In 1983, she exhibited in the Institute of Contemporary Art’s ‘New Contemporaries’ exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, and in 2005 represented Wales at the Venice Biennale. Ford’s work is inspired by fantasy, and incorporates humour and observations on the human condition to engage with social and political issues. She frequently and faithfully depicts children’s characters keen to be admired, yet hiding from view, as illustrated in work on display on the ward.
Window vinyls in Constance Wood Ward at Hammersmith Hospital
The window vinyls on the internal windows in Constance Wood Ward were installed as part of charity funded renovations there. Karen Bradley, lead nurse, said: "The window vinyls have transformed CWW Chemotherapy Day Care by firstly pulling the colour theme together and by giving it a unique and fresh identity that takes it beyond being a standard austere converted hospital ward. We no longer have an area that from an aesthetic standpoint was busy with many jarring colours and instead have a space that has successfully been injected with colour and successfully combines an interesting decorative feature with enhanced privacy. The staff are very happy that the project is nearly complete and have a great sense of pride in their newly invigorated ward."
The vinyls on both wards were designed by Stella at Lucentia design.
Antony Gormley 'History' in A&E at St Mary's Hospital
Antony Gormley (b. 1950) is widely acclaimed for his sculptures, installations and public artworks that investigate the relationship of the human body to space. Gormley was awarded the Turner Prize in 1994, the South Bank Prize for Visual Art in 1999 and the Praemium Imperiale in 2013. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects and was knighted in 2014. Gormley has been a Royal Academician since 2003. History (2013) was created in collaboration with Edition Copenhagen, Denmark, one of the leading lithographic workshops in the world.
Anne Harild 'Taking Time', first floor of the Cambridge Wing at St Mary's Hospital
Anne Harild is a Danish artist based in London. Between May 2013 and April 2014, Harild was engaged as artist in residence in the Paediatric Haematology Day Unit at St Mary's. During the residency, she worked with young patients in a series of workshops and individual sessions. She used photography and foam materials as a basis to explore the hospital's architecture and environment. The works on display here are 13 photographic prints by Harild, inspired by her experience as artist in residence at the hospital.
Tess Jaray 'From the Rings of Saturn and Vertigo' in the Peart-Rose Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Clinic at Hammersmith Hospital
Tess Jaray (b. 1937) has been preoccupied with colour, pattern and repetition since the early 1960s. Her work is characterised by the interaction of colours and forms. She arranges groups of shapes on flat grounds investigating the effects that pattern, repetition and colour have on our visual perceptions. The works on display here continue Tess Jaray's exploration of the interaction between colour and form, producing a geometric abstract shape. These works pay homage to Kazimir Malevich (1879-1935), the leading figure of Suprematism, which he described as 'the supremacy of pure feeling or perception in the pictorial arts'.
Works by Gary Hume in UCC at St Mary's Hospital
Gary Hume (b. 1962) lives and works in London and upstate New York, USA. He studied at Liverpool Polytechnic and later Goldsmiths where he became part of the internationally celebrated group of ‘Young British Artists’ (YBA). Hume first received critical acclaim in the early 1990s with his bold, large-scale paintings which used high gloss paint to create planes of colour. Hume’s process of composing a painting translated very easily into screen printing, a technique favoured by Pop artists and which involved the cutting of templates and assembling of the image. The works on display here exemplify a range of Hume’s practice and his approach to screen printing. In these work his use of concentrated, limited colours and lines are layered onto the reflective surface of aluminium. Hume reduces faces and bodies to flat blocks of colours, creating abstract figures.
Contemporary Art Prints from the Jealous Gallery in 6 South, Cancer Services at Charing Cross Hospital
The works on display here have been chosen in collaboration with patients and members of staff. We sourced the prints from Jealous Gallery, a contemporary print studio based in East London. They are known for their collaborative approach to producing high quality limited edition prints with illustrators, graduates and established artists.
New Bridget Riley murals at St Mary’s Hospital
Bridget Riley has recently completed a mural on the walls of the 10th floor in the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother building at St Mary's Hospital. Her existing murals currently can be seen on the eighth and ninth floor of the same building. For the latest updates and images on the installation of the mural, please visit our Facebook and Twitter pages.
Jill Berelowitz’s "Core Femme" at Charing Cross Hospital
Standing at over six metres in height, Jill Berelowitz’s sculpture "Core Femme" (2011) was installed outside Charing Cross Hospital on 11 September 2013. She has recently exhibited at Heathrow Terminal 5 and the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for Accenture. Her high-profile commissions include "Diving Girl", which was positioned at the entrance to the Olympic Village of London 2012, and life-size Pair Oar rowers at Henley-on-Thames. "Core Femme" is Jill Berelowitz’s largest and most ambitious public sculpture to date.
"Core Femme" extends Berelowitz’s recent series of works that combine a repeated female form within naturally occurring structures, including the bronze "Tree of Life" (2010) and "Dance of Life Abacus" (2010). Berelowitz’s longstanding concern with philosophical and mythological motifs is examined in these works.
Rosemary Harris, the Curator for Imperial Health Charity, says: “We are delighted to display Jill Berelowitz’s uplifting sculpture "Core Femme" at Charing Cross Hospital and are particularly grateful to the private collector who has generously donated the work for the enjoyment of visitors, patients and staff.” The artist has commented on "Core Femme" “A towering image of the body’s central element, the core through which life’s energy flows”.
David Nash RA ‘Ash Dome’, Nuclear Medicine, Charing Cross Hospital
David Nash is one of Britain's foremost sculptors. In a career spanning 50 years, Nash has explored the living nature of wood in his sculpture and drawings. The four prints on display are Ash Dome, one of the most celebrated of Nash's living sculpture works. Conceived in 1976 and planted near his Welsh home in 1977, the twenty-two ash saplings planted in a circle, have been guided and fletched to grow into a dome. Over the years, Nash has made many drawings that document the appearance of Ash Dome through shifting stages of growth, different weather and seasons.
Ian McKeever RA, Breast Screening, Charing Cross Hospital
English painter and printmaker Ian McKeever began painting in 1969, following a degree in English Literature. His current work is essentially abstract but also anchored in experiences of the landscape and interiors. Through stains, ribbons and veils of thin paint, he explores the space and light of his surroundings, and the paintings evoke everything from trees and plants to the darkness of the night. The works on display illustrate the primary focus of his work, the sense of emerging light. They are built up of thin layers of loose bands of transparent colour suggesting a veiled surface and inner depth.
Anne Harild, Artist-in-residence
Paediatric Haematology, 6th Floor, QEQM, St Mary’s Hospital
Created from workshops with paediatric patients this animation was organised in partnership with Paintings in Hospitals with funding from Outset.