The Arts in Health department aims to make Sheffield Teaching Hospitals a more welcoming place through improving the hospital environment.

The projects we work on range from ward refurbishments, to small, single rooms in sometimes less visible but important parts the hospital such as counselling rooms, waiting rooms and theatres.

As part of this work we offer interior design guidance to create environments that fit the needs of our patients. We also commission artists to provide stimulating and uplifting art installations for clinical and public areas of the hospital.

We strive to create a calming and relaxed atmosphere, beneficially to the good health and happiness of our patients and visitors. We believe that by having artwork in our hospitals it can offer wide ranging benefits to our patients, including reducing stress and anxiety and creating more welcoming spaces.

If you are a member of staff and would like our help with a project on your ward or department please complete the  ARTS@STH Request Form and email it to


Latest Projects

Radiology B Floor Reception, Royal Hallamshire Hospital

New artwork, by local artist Josephine Dellows, is now brightening up our walls in the Radiology Department. We think it adds the perfect finishing touch to this newly decorated area.




Charles Clifford entrance/ X-ray waiting area

Children being sent for X-rays can now enjoy the new fairy door artwork in our main entrance while they wait. From the Paediatric department the children will be told to follow the hop along frogs which lead to X-ray and then find the tooth fairy house. There are five pieces in total which lead children to the fairy door.  

Charles Clifford Paediatrics - side surgery

New artwork has been installed at within the Charles Clifford Paediatric department this week, including these pieces by local artist James Croft. We hope that our young patients will find this room much more welcoming now, it has certainly brought a smile to our faces!

Spinal Injuries Outpatients

These black and white photographic images by Graham Dunn have completed the transformation of the newly refurbished Spinal Injuries Unit. We’ve had great feedback from staff and patients and we’ve found that they act as a real talking point for patients while they wait for their appointments.


New Mural for Charles Clifford Orthodontics

Charles Clifford Orthodontics Reception/waiting area has become the home to this beautiful new mural by local artist James Croft. We hope it will help create a relaxing atmosphere for our patients who are waiting for their appointment.

F1 Urology

Ward F1 has been brightened up by 20 new pieces of artwork. The bold, colourful images are by local artist Charlotte Newton.

GP Collaborative

Staff working at the GP Centre at the Northern General told us about how interested their patients are in the new Helipad that sits above their waiting area. They asked us for artwork that would show patients what the helipad and helicopter looks like, as well as adding a much needed splash of colour to their waiting room. We applied for funding from Sheffield Hospital Charity on their behalf to fund four pieces of artwork. Shown are two of three images from artist Charlotte Newton. The third piece, that sits behind the reception desk show the helicopter in flight. They sit alongside a large photographic image that shows the Northern General Hospital and surrounding area as taken from a drone.


Eye Clinic Reception

Staff at the new Eye Clinic at the Northern General Hospital commissioned artist Dan Savage  (, to create a large wall mural in their waiting area. They wanted a piece that would offer the patients something beautiful to look at while they wait, based around a local scene that could also act as a talking point.

Neonatal Ultrasound Room

These fun new murals at the Neonatal Ultrasound Room at Jessops have really brightened up a previously very clinical room, making it feel more welcoming and less intimidating. The staff applied for funding from the Sheffield Hospital Charity awards as they hoped the new wall art would ‘make an unhappy time a little brighter’ and offer a happy distraction for the families.

Organ Donation Memorial

The new organ donation memorial was unveiled last week at a special event to coincide with Organ Donation Week, which saw the families and friends of organ donors gather for refreshments and an order of service by the hospital chaplain.

‘Thank you for life’, which has been designed by artist Stella Corrall, embraces the varying aspects of organ donation, from those in need, those wishing to give and those who have had lives transformed.

All of these aspects overlap into one another and the intersecting circles of the design embrace this with each one acknowledging heartfelt words.

The Organ Donation Team at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals hope the piece will raise awareness of organ donation, themed around the concept of the ‘gift of life’, and think about their end of life wishes.

Charles Clifford Children's

We commissioned local artist James Croft to produce four beautiful murals which he named ‘It’s a Frog’s Life’ to brighten the walls of the Children’s department at Charles Clifford. The staff are delighted with their new artworks that can now be enjoyed by all our young patients visiting the department.

James said, “My initial inspiration came from a hospital slogan ‘Hop along for an X-ray’. It gave me great scope for illustrating forest life and nature, the subject of lots of children’s books and one of my favourite things to paint.”

Labour Ward - Birthing pool rooms

Relaxing landscape images are very popular with patients, visitors and staff and examples of this can be seen throughout the hospitals. Most recently Graham Dunn has provided us with these beautiful images that were used as large scale murals in the new birthing room pools on the Labour ward at Jessops Hospital. The new artwork adds the finishing touch to the rooms and enhances the calming and tranquil environment.

Sexual Health Sheffield - entrance

Sheffield bases graphic artist/illustrator George Law was commissioned to create three prints for the entrance of Sexual Health Sheffield. Read More

Jessops Hospital Special Neonatal Care - Tree Root Gallery

Documentary Photographer Andy Brown was chosen by staff of the Neonatal Special Care unit at Jessops Maternity Hospital to spend time with the families of new babies. “It can be scary for new parents to have a newborn who requires special care. Our new gallery at the entrance to our ward will help take some of that fear away. Our staff support new families to bond with their babies and Andy’s photographs capture that bonding experience wonderfully.”  Read More


B Floor corridor Northern General

This collection of  beautiful images ‘The Bright Woods’ by local artist Jill Ray, has recently been installed on B Floor of the Northern General. The four pieces show the change in landscape over the seasons. Jill told us about the inspiration behind the work, “I walk through Ecclesall Woods or Park Bank Wood most days. The act of walking and watching the seasons change is always so relaxing and the play of light through the branches especially on a sunny day never fails to lift my spirits.”

We couldn’t agree more and hope this artwork will lift the spirits of our patients and visitors too.

Charles Clifford Paediatric department

We have recently been granted funding from Sheffield Hospitals Charity that enabled us to commission local artist and Illustrator, James Croft to produce a set of custom pieces of artwork for the Paediatrics department at Charles Clifford Dental Hospital. The aim of this project was to make the special care clinic feel more welcoming and less intimidating for our young patients. The space has been transformed by the fun and uplifting artwork that tells a story of a group of robots adventuring through space. The feedback from patients and staff has been so overwhelmingly positive that we are now working on exciting plans for other parts of the departments.



Accident and Emergency - Ambulance Entrance

We have recently worked with artist Peter Griffiths on an artwork project for the A&E ambulance entrance area. Peter’s idea was to create a  collaged skyline of Sheffield, made from coloured and etched vinyl. The artwork offers a welcome visual distraction to patients waiting in this area to be assessed. As well as brightening up this space, the window vinyl’s offer patients waiting to be assessed in this area something interesting to look at while increasing privacy and partially restricting the view of the ambulance area outside.


Weston Park Ward 2

Photographer Charlotte Newton was selected by staff and patients from Weston Park Hospital to create work for their Ward 2.  Iconic buildings and places within Sheffield with bright colour backgrounds give the ward a contemporary look.

Huntsman 1 - Frailty Unit

A collection of four large and striking pieces of artwork were created by artist Dan Savage (, to enhance the newly refurbished Frailty Unity (Huntsman 1) at the Northern General Hospital.

The corridor pieces show iconic and familiar Sheffield landmarks, these easily recognisable scenes are intended to help patients by making it easier for them to find their own way around the ward, which can help to reduce some of the anxiety, frustration and disorientation they may feel in this alien environment. The beautifully illustrated images also act as a talking point for patients and visitors and stimulated social interaction. For the visitors room, Dan designed a large floor to ceiling artwork of Chatsworth House and the surrounding countryside, which has created a comfortable and relaxing space for patients to spend time with their visitors away from their beds.