The Oxford Radcliffe NHS Hospitals Trust encompasses the John Radcliffe and Churchill Hospitals in Oxford and the Horton General Hospital in Banbury. It is one of the largest NHS teaching trusts in the country, providing a wide range of general and specialist clinical services, and is a base for medical education, training and research.
The Trust has had a long history of involving artists in creating a healing environment, particularly in the last 15 years. It now holds a large collection of paintings, prints and sculpture as well as work created specifically for particular sites such as textile pieces, mobiles, flooring designs, glass panels and wall-based paintings.
The paintings included in this catalogue reflect the wide selection of work held by the Trust, ranging from historical portraits of those involved in the development of the three hospitals, artwork commissioned by the Trust (sometimes the result of artists’ residencies or community art projects), and work purchased for wards and public areas, as well as generous donations by artists and collectors.
The Trust’s aim is to use the arts to provide an optimal healing environment for patients and their families, friends, and visitors. Including artwork in hospitals promotes a life-enhancing, stimulating and supporting environment which in partnership with staff, patients and visitors helps to improve working environments. This contributes to the creation of a calming atmosphere in areas where patients have to sit or lie in still positions. Finally, wherever possible, the Trust seeks to involve local and regional partners to create an arts programme that relates the hospitals to their respective communities, including academic institutions, galleries and museums.
An Arts Forum oversees art and design across the Trust to ensure that effective design and artwork is considered in every refurbishment, redecoration or new capital project, and to encourage a percentage of the capital cost to be allocated to artwork.
New work is currently being commissioned for a major Cancer Centre at the Churchill Hospital due to open in 2008; this will include nine major artworks created specifically for the new building, and five series of new works for corridor spaces, as well as commissioned and purchased artworks for all single rooms and waiting areas. Further work is also being commissioned for the new West Wing, Cardiac Centre and Children’s Hospital at the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Ruth Charity, Arts Coordinator
Text source: PCF / Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
This description was originally written for a catalogue.
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