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Bristol Royal Hospital for Children

Fact Sheet


Bristol Royal Hospital for Children:

Developing the Arts Strategy for the New Hospital


Lead Artist: Ray Smith www.RaySmithartist.com

Eva Elsner, Annie Lovejoy


United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust

Arts Strategy Development Commenced

January 1997

Arts Strategy Completed

October 1997

Construction of New Hospital Completed

April 2001

Location of activity during Arts Strategy Development1997

Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, St Michael’s Hill, Bristol


Research and development projects by artists including integrated designs for the public areas of 6 floors of the new hospital, (173 in-patient and day-case beds).

Budget for artists’ fees during Strategy Development

£ 8,250

Total Project Commissioning Budget – includes all final commissions

£ 1.3 million

Funding sources

United Bristol Healthcare NHS Trust

The Wallace & Gromit Grand Appeal www.grandappeal.org.uk

The National Lottery / Arts Council of England’s Capital 1 Programme

The Arts Council of England

Public Art South West

Champions of Child Health

NHS Estates

Summary Lead Artist’s Brief

The Lead Artist was invited to be part of the Design Team with the aim of integrating art and colour within the fabric of the building’s interior public spaces. Key principles of briefs for all artists includeda focus on a child-centred philosophy, and a commitment to consultation and involvement of parents, children and staff within the design process.

Project Manager: Arts Programme

Lesley Greene, Arts Consultant

Project Director

Graham Nix, Deputy Chief Executive, UBHT

[email protected]

Other Professionals


David Radford, Phil Mackelhatton, Whicheloe Macfarlane MDP

Interior Designer

Lee Cheong, Whicheloe Macfarlane MDP


Contact for further information*

Ruth Jacobs, Arts Co-ordinator, Bristol Royal Hospital for Children, Paul O’Gorman Building, Upper Maudlin Street, Bristol BS28BJ

Tel: 0117 342 8807

Fax: 0117 342 8846

Email: [email protected]


*Please note that Ruth took up this post in 2006; the Arts Co-ordinator in post when this case study was commissioned was Emma Williams.