Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust, charitably funded to deliver arts projects for the well-being of patients, staff and the wider hospital community. Over one million people attend the five hospitals within our trust each year, looked after by 15,000 members of staff. 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 international reputation for producing pioneering arts programmes that transform the experience of being in hospital for patients and staff.
We commission artists, musicians and performers to create site-specific projects that help improve the hospital environment for patients. We also stage temporary exhibitions, produce limited editions, invite artists to partake in our Artist-in-Residency programme, and manage an extensive contemporary art collection. We forge links with the hospital community through our diverse programme of artists’ residencies, public art commissions and arts education projects.
Recently commissioned artists include Peter Liversidge, Hurvin Anderson, Richard Slee, Roger Hiorns, Adeela Suleman, Ruth Claxton, Darren Almond, Richard Wentworth and Morag Myerscough.
Vital Arts operates under the auspices of Barts Charity, shaping the future of medicine and changing patients’ lives through innovations in healthcare.