Vital Arts aims to improve the hospital environment with site-specific art by leading contemporary artists to produce ambitious and innovative works for patient areas. These commissions offer patients and staff a transformative experience, helping to redefine the role of art in the hospital.


Barts Health NHS Trust is currently undergoing a major redevelopment programme. The Royal London will be Britain's biggest new hospital, with London's leading trauma and emergency care centre. The Royal London will include one of the UK's largest children's hospitals, as well as one of Europe's largest renal units. The Trust's other major hospital, St Bartholomew's, will become a state-of-the-art Cancer and Cardiac Centre of Excellence, incorporating services currently provided at The London Chest Hospital. 

Vital Arts is currently commissioning an extensive visual arts programme for these new hospitals incorporating work in a diverse range of media by established and emerging artists.

Commissioned Artists Include:

James Aldridge
Darren AlmondHurvin Anderson.  Alexander Beleschenko

David BatchelorCatherine Bertola. Polly Braden. Claire BrewsterKate Bright. 

Tord Boontje.  Deepa Chudasama.  Ruth Claxton.  Hannah CollinsContainer. 

Oona CulleyFiona Curran.  Anka DabrowskaKatie Deith. Susan Derges

Susan Derges.  John DilnotElla DoranRowena DringBlaise Drummond.  

Françoise Dupré.   Leo Fitzmaurice (at Barts)Leo Fitzmaurice (Royal London). 

Jaime GiliLothar Götz.  Ilana HalperinManami HayasakiRoger Hiorns. 

Georgie HoptonZarah Hussain.   James IrelandSarah Jones. Rachel Kelly

Peter Liversidge.  Marta MarcéKatharine Morling.  Morag Myerscough. 

Valeria Nascimiento.  Jacques Nimki.   Julian Opie. Cornelia Parker.

Simon PattersonPeepshow Illustration Collective

Chrissie Macdonald and Andrew Rae for Peepshow Illustration Collective.

Martin Richman.  Sophie Rickett.  Liz Rideal.  Rob RyanKim Rugg

George Shaw. Shahzia SikanderDJ SimpsonLemn SissayRichard Slee. 

Sophie SmallhornBob and Roberta Smith Adeela Suleman. Chisato Timabayashi.

Akiko Usami.  Jessica Voorsanger.  Shelagh Wakely.  Chris Watson

 Richard Wentworth.  Pae WhiteJoby Williamson.  Catherine Yass.