Current Exhibition

Marsha Dunstan
Under The Pink Tree
Monday 11 February 2013 - June 2013
The Royal London Hospital Gallery, Whitechapel

           Marsha Dunstan, Under the Pink Tree 2012  

              Marsha Dunstan, Under the Pink Tree 2012       Marsha Dunstan, Under the Pink Tree 2012        Marsha Dunstan, Under the Pink Tree 2012       Marsha Dunstan, Under the Pink Tree 2012 

Marsha Dunstan is from Australia, but has called Tower Hamlets home since 1994. Her keen and restless eye is repeatedly drawn to the poetry that lies latent within the everyday. This series of photographs, all taken within a few miles of the Royal London Hospital, invites us to recognise the beauty to be found at our doorstep.

The first of these images dates from 2004, when she was living in Bethnal Green near an early-flowering cherry tree. In that cold, grey February, it became a beacon of pink blossom.

Since then, the artist has added to the series annually with new images of pink trees. Each year the new works reflect Dunstan's changing concerns as an artist, as well as the inherent properties of the trees themselves. These photographs touch on ideas of renewal, longing, indoor and outdoor, as well as the rites of spring.

At the close of this exhibition, these artworks will be installed for permanent display throughout the hospital.

Marsha Dunstan has exhibited in London, Milton Keynes, Berlin and Chicago. She gained her MA at Wimbledon College of Art in 2009

Marsha Dunstan

This exhibition is part 
Whitechapel Gallery's First Thursdays programmes on Thursday 7th March 2013

Faisal Abdu'Allah
Thursday 6 December - Friday 3 January 2013
The Royal London Hospital Gallery, Whitechapel

Workshop with Faisal Abdu'Allah  Workshop with Faisal Abdu'Allah  Workshop with Faisal Abdu'AllahWorkshop with Faisal Abdu'Allah  Workshop with Faisal Abdu'Allah

Vital Arts is delighted to present Candyfloss, an exhibition of new photographs by Faisal Abdu'Allah. Candyfloss is the outcome of Faisal's residency at The Royal London Children's Hospital this autumn. Over the course of six weeks, Faisal worked creatively with young patients to explore complex ideas around identity, helping them to develop a series of alter egos using Hasselblad, Polaroid and HD digital cameras. Faisal has developed a series of intriguing diptychs that explore physical and psychological transformation.

Faisal Abdu'Allah's work primarily evolves from the interface of photography, the printed image and lens-based installations. He graduated in Fine Arts at the Royal College of Art in London.

This project is funded by Help A Capital Child.

Make Do & Draw
Buildings Tell Stories
Thursday 13 September - Monday 26 November 2012



To mark the Royal London's move to its new building, Vital Arts are pleased to present this exhibition of models of some of the iconic buildings of the old hospital by art and architecture practice Make Do & Draw. Included are maps and photographs from the Trust's archives representing various periods of the hospital's long history.

Buildings Tell Stories began with a workshop for staff and visitors during the Vital Arts Festival in March 2012 to celebrate the launch of the new hospital. This event is captured here in photographs by Bethany Heggarty.

Make Do & Draw were then commissioned by Vital Arts to create a permanent commission for the hospital building. These wooden sculptures will be exhibited in the Vital Arts Gallery at the Royal London Hospital and will then go on permanent display on the 10th floor of the New Royal London.

Edgar Hoefs
Front Line: Royal London Hospital Portraits 2012

 2 sristi sherchan    3 anthony allnatt   4 yvonne john   5 jim strickland   12 thomas georgou

6 charles osei- boateng    7 renata grebliuniene    8 jolly hoque   11 sanjaykumar gogdani    1 victoria  agunloye

This exhibition is the culmination of Edgar Hoefs' Artist-in-Residency with Vital Arts from August 2011 to January 2012

During his residency, Edgar met hundreds of hospital staff who agreed to participate in his portrait project. The 26 portraits on display at the Royal London Hopsital represent a small fraction of the many photographs he took. The photographs were all taken at the old Royal London hospital, and Hoefs allows traces of the former building to appear in the background. These penetrating portraits, which each suggest the pride and dedication of Royal London staff, mark the transition into the new hospital.

Vital Arts would like to thank the staff who agreed to be photographed. We are also grateful to the Hoefs who generously donated his time and his artistic vision.

Vital Arts curates a series of exhibitions each year in our gallery spaces at Barts Health NHS Trust The exhibtion programme presents the breadth of contemporary art practice by both established and emerging artists.

'It’s not what you’d expect in a hospital – what a lovely surprise!’
Patient Royal London Hospital