Exhibit in our brand new hospital gallery

We are looking for artists and groups to display 2D artwork in our brand new exhibition space at the Northern General Hospital. The gallery has been set up in a prominent corridor in the hospital, close to both the Huntsman main entrance and the dining hall that is used by patients, staff and visitors.

The gallery is due to open in April 2020 and this will be our first exhibition.

The Northern General is the largest hospital campus within Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is situated approximately three miles from the hospitals at the Central Campus and is easily accessed via the M1 motorway and public transport. This hospital has over 1100 beds and employs around 6000 staff.

The aim of the exhibition programme is to:

  • Enhance the hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff by making it feel brighter and more welcoming
  • To help patients and visitors feel more relaxed in our hospital by showing beautiful, calming and interesting artworks to look at

Provide the opportunity for artists to exhibit their work professionally in a busy public space

We’re looking for 2D artwork that:

  • has an uplifting, positive feel
  • appeals to a wide audience
  • is sensitive to its setting and the people who view it. As such it should not offend or upset and the subject matter should not refer to illness or death.
  • is not landscape photography

Dependent on size of the artworks there is space to hang around 24 pictures. Maximum height for an artwork is 100cm, maximum weight per 2m rail is 80kg.

Duration of the exhibition is 6 months (this will be confirmed in the agreement) and during the exhibition the artworks cannot be removed.


Please note that glass is not permitted within our hospitals. Pictures must be framed using a poly-carbonate substitute that can be cleaned using a damp cloth


Artworks will be hung using our secure hanging system following these instructions:-

  • Artwork should be delivered to the Arts Coordinator in advance of the agreed exhibition start date with a short paragraph about the work and contact details of the artist. (please tell us if the work is for sale and please note that prices will not be displayed with the work as this contravenes our security policy)
  • A list of works (with the price of each work if the work is for sale) should be sent to the Arts Coordinator in advance of the agreed exhibition start date. No work shall be priced in excess of £5000.

There is no charge for using the space.  Should anyone wish to purchase the artwork on display then the buyer will contact the artist directly to arrange payment and collection/ delivery after the exhibition period has ended.

If an artwork is sold then the artists should inform the Arts Coordinator and a red dot will be placed next to the sold artwork.  The artist should keep a record of works sold and details of buyers.

A recommended donation of 20% of the sale price can be made directly to the Arts in Health Department via Sheffield Hospitals Charity.  Please visit https://www.sheffieldhospitalscharity.org.uk/ways-to-pay-in-your-fundraising

In the comments box please note that the donation is intended for Arts in Health

 To apply to exhibit you should visit our page on CuratorSpace where we ask you to:

  • Provide a short biography (250 words max.) and proposal (250 words max) with examples of the work you intend to display. Please make sure your contact details, website and/or social media details are provided so we can see you work and get in touch.
  • Tell us the number of artworks you wish to exhibit and their framed size
  • Confirm that you have insurance to cover your work while in transport and on display during the exhibition period.

The Gallery Selection Team will consider the applications and select a candidate on the strength of their application and the information that they provide.

Deadline for applications –  Friday 31st January 2020 (5pm)
We hope to make our selection and notify the successful candidate by 21st February 2020 and an exhibition agreement will be sent to the artist for their approval and signature.

We aim to open our first exhibition around mid April 2020 and will confirm this with the artist as soon as we know when the Gallery hanging system is installed.

image credit: ‘Sheffield in Pink’ by artist George Law, glycee print 2018 – commission for the Sexual Health Service at Royal Hallamshire Hospital