Film Club workshop at the RLH

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Chris Watson workshop at the RLH

Laban workshop at the RLH

katharine morling workshop

Katharine Morling workshop

Our participation programme provides year round opportunities for patients to engage with the arts. Developing creative, interactive projects in the hospital setting, we work across all art forms with external partners such as Whitechapel Art Gallery, Trinity Laban, the London Symphony Orchestra and the Barbican Centre.  These projects take the form of workshops and artists' residencies. We design initiatives that give patients the opportunity to learn new skills through stimulating and often unexpected processes of art, music and performance.

To find out about all our previous projects, download MP3s and watch short films made by patients, please click here.

"I picked up a copy of Throw Caution to the Wind at Barts last week and wanted to congratulate you on the project - the concept is stimulating, the presentation and handling of the book were a pleasure and, of course, the anecdotes were entertaining. Unfortunately, I am a very frequent visitor and sometimes 'guest' at both Barts and the Royal London so I am delighted to discover the various projects that are flourishing."
Patient at Barts and The London


Apples and Snakes
Spill The Magic Beans

We had a very exciting project with spoken word extraordinaires Apples and Snakes throughout 2013. Storytellers Sally Pomme Clayton and Helen East performed their finest stories in and around the children’s wards; in classrooms, isolation rooms and play rooms, captivating children with tales from around the world, leading story writing workshops with children in the hospital school and offering CPD opportunities for staff to develop their own storytelling. We invited Anorak Magazine to design and illustrate an anthology of the children's stories. Coming soon!



London Symphony Orchestra
Shake, Rattle and Roll! 

The LSO have returned to The Royal London Children’s Hospital to deliver an exciting programme of stories, songs and rhymes to our youngest patients and their parentsEarly years music specialist Vanessa King and musicians from the London Symphony Orchestra are leading interactive singing workshops throughout children's areas performing international lullabies on the Neonatal Unit, and bringing action songs and nursery rhymes to young children with gastroenterology problems and with young children with cancer, including the Retinoblastoma clinic.  This project is fully inclusive, building relationships with many of our regular patients, both those under five years old and those with profound and multiple learning disabilities as well as their families.



“Whilst in hospital this time our son has found great pleasure listening to the musicians along with interactive singing and instrumentation with Vanessa, who was excellent at reaching out to and involving as many of the children as she could…  He absolutely loved the music sessions, becoming animated, and interacting in ways that he just hasn’t done for a long time.  Being so close to the music, seeing the instruments and being gently and gradually encouraged to take part has been the best form of therapy for him.  As his parents too, seeing his reaction and really enjoying the sessions ourselves, has really helped us through some difficult times here.”

Parent of 4 year old patient


Music Conservatoires
We developed two new music partnerships this year.  Students from both the Royal Academy of Music's Open Academy and the Barbican and Guildhall School are co-facilitating a series of workshops and performances across Barts, The Royal London and Whipps Cross this year. Music students gain invaluable insight and training into the skills essential for working in hospital environments while patients meet emerging professional musicians, take part in performances, explore and experiment with instruments and sounds and write new music.

London Symphony Orchestra
LSO musicians and facilitator Mark Withers provide a fantasic on-going and fully inclusive music service for the hospital school.  Every session is different and tailored to the young people attending.  Patients have the exciting opportunity to meet professional musicians and hear live some of the LSO's unique and well known film soundtrack repertoire.  Workshops invite patients to direct, conduct and record musicians, creating new compositions and sound effects on music software 'Garageband'.


National Portrait Gallery 
My Superheroes
The National Portrait Gallery have begun a two-year programme of brilliant, creative workshops for children at the Royal London Hospital.  Patients are exploring inspirational stories of men and women from the National Portrait Gallery's Collection and responding creatively.  Drawings and photographs, poems and short stories inspired by the NPG Collection are being used to create their own pictures. 

A high quality activity book has been produced and is being distributed to young patients and their families through the hospital school and Play Department.