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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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
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.
Huntsman 1 - Frailty Unit
A collection of four large and striking pieces of artwork were created by artist Dan Savage (www.artstop.co.uk), 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.