Vital Arts

About Us



Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, the largest Trust in the UK, charitably funded to deliver arts projects for the wellbeing of patients, staff and the wider hospital community. With five hospitals in east London; The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s, Mile End, Whipps Cross and Newham University Hospital and over 2.5 million patients, we see these important civic spaces as ideal places to introduce a new audience to contemporary art.

Vital Arts was founded in 1996 and has grown into one of the UK’s leading arts and health organisations, with an award winning, international reputation for producing pioneering arts programmes that transform the experience of being in hospital for patients and staff.

Working in partnership with medical staff, artists and cultural organisations to devise and deliver therapeutic creative programmes – workshops, artist-in-residencies, exhibitions, installations and public art commissions – that support medical goals; enhance patient wellbeing; provide continual professional development opportunities for staff; and create stimulating and uplifting spaces for patients, staff and the wider hospital community.


Video about Vital Arts by Thousand Media, featuring Dr Watling, Designer Morag Myerscough and  Vital Arts Director Catsou Roberts

Commissioned artists include Catherine Yass, Darren Almond, Roger Hiorns, Hurvin Anderson, Peter Liversidge, Cornelia Baltes, George Shaw, Cornelia Parker, Richard Wentworth, Ruth Claxton, Ruth Ewan, Lemn Sissay, Faisal Abdu’Allah, Bob and Roberta Smith, Morag Myerscough, Amalia Pica, among many others.

Vital Arts works under the auspices of Barts Charity