London hospital-based arts programmes

Most of London’s hospitals have art on display and many have arts programmes. Some of these are very well established and include music and theatre performances, workshops, exhibitions and staff activity sessions.

Below is a list:

Arts St George’s – the participatory arts programme at St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – St George’s Hospital and Queen Mary’s, Wandsworth, South West London

GO Create – an arts and humanities programme for Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital

Guy’s and St Thomas’s Charity – the charity oversees an arts and heritage programme for Guy’s and St Thomas’s Hospitals and the Evelina Children’s Hospital

Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospitals

Homerton Hospital – has a visual arts collection and participatory arts programme

Hospital Arts – visual and performing arts programme for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital

Imperial College Healthcare Charity – curates a visual arts programme for St Mary’s, Charing Cross,

NWLH Arts – an arts programme for Central Middlesex, Northwick Park and St Mark’s Hospital

RB&H Arts – is an active visual arts and music programme at the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals

The Royal Free Charity runs a volunteer art programme and commissions new artwork for the Royal Free Hospital

UCLH Arts – is a visual arts and music programme running at University College Hospital London NHS Foundation Trust

Verve Arts – the arts programme for South London Healthcare NHS Trust providing arts activities for Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, Queen Mary's Hospital, Sidcup, Princess Royal University Hospital, Farnborough, Orpington Hospital, Beckenham Beacon

Vital Arts – the arts programme for Barts and the London NHS Trust


In addition to the arts programmes in acute hospitals, many of London’s mental health trusts work with artists to improve healthcare environments and to offer workshops and participatory activities for service users. These include:

The Nightingale Project – works with Central and North West London NHS Trust to improve mental health services environments

The Bethlem Hospital – has a gallery and active arts programme /

Other connections and links to mental health arts projects can be found here