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Mountains and Hills scene
 Design from Donna Wilson's proposal for children's ward 7F
Commissions Programme
On top of the World!
Donna Wilson

We are delighted to announce that designer of the year 2010 Donna Wilson will bring her beautiful designs to The Royal London Children's Hospital. Featuring snow-capped mountains and colourful houses, Donna will bring the outside in to ward 7F.

Best known for her knitted creatures Donna Wilson set up her company in 2003 after graduating from the Royal College of Art. Her signature odd creatures sold out and since then she has built her business designing and making a collection of curious cushions, luxurious lambswool blankets, and variety of products for the home. Originally from Scotland, Donna runs a studio and workshop in London.
Donna Wilson's commission Painted Landscape has been generously funded by Barts Charity, work will begin in the New Year - watch this space for more news.

New Artist-in-Residence
Sophie Arkette

We are extremely pleased to announce our latest Artist-in-Residence, Sophie Arkette. Arkette works with glass and has a particular interest in acoustics, space and auditory perception.  During her residency with Vital Arts, Arkette will explore the history of Barts and draw on the Trust’s extensive archives. Most recently Sophie Arkette has created a series of glass sculptures for the Temple Church in response to the Magna Carta celebrations, the exhibition is open until 20th January 2014 click here for further information.

                                                                       Sophie Arkette, Colloquy
             Glass sculptures for the Temple Church in response to the Magna Carta celebrations
Commissions Programme 
Music students liven up the wards
Royal Academy of Music

Students from the Royal Academy of Music have been visiting children at The Royal London Hospital in a new mentoring programme this month. The student musicians worked with a range of young patients in groups and one to one at the bedside, performing professional ensemble pieces and inviting children to join in with percussion instruments. Young patients were introduced to a range of instruments and encouraged to direct with a conductor's baton.  Each participant also had the opportunity to compose and direct pieces of music.  One of the unique aspects of this work with the Royal Academy of Music is that the musicians are not much older than some of our patients and this has contributed to a fun and friendly atmosphere with the children thoroughly enjoying the sessions.


Art with a Heart!
Helen Osborne and the Heart Agency

We would like to say a big THANK YOU to Helen Osborne and the Heart Agency. Heart artists have generously donated their lovely artwork to cheer up children's services treatment and the consulting rooms. Before being permanently installed at The Children’s Hospital these wonderful prints will be on display in our gallery space (ground floor, main corridor, The Royal London) at the beginning of the New Year.

                                         A selection of the donated prints

Art Fair


London Art Fair 2014
Arts Projects

We are extremely pleased to announce that we have been invited to take part in this year's Arts Projects section of the London Art Fair 2014 . We will be launching several new editions as well as exhibiting our full range of limited edition prints. We will also be hosting a tour of our latest commissions and a talk from our Commissions Manager.

Commissions Tour
Anne Mullins, Director and Catsou Roberts, Commissions Manager of Vital Arts will discuss key works from the collection, site-specific commissions and innovative projects. The tour takes place on Friday 17January at 10am, N.B space is limited. If you would like to reserve a place please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Public Art Commissioning Talk
The Talk will take place on Saturday 18th January at 10.45am at the London Art Fair. Catsou Roberts, Commissions Manager will present a talk on Public Art Commissioning in a healthcare context. 

The London Art Fair runs from 15th - 19th January 2014, we hope to see you there.

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