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.
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 College Healthcare 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.