rb&hArts runs an innovative art programme across both hospitals

rb&hArts brings the benefits of the arts to support in and outpatients at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals and the local communities surrounding each hospital.

Delivered through our Charity, rb&hArts raise additional funds to deliver a long-term programme aiming to increase levels of wellbeing, enhance the patient experience and improve the healthcare environment through the arts.

In the past year, 300 creative workshops were run, engaging 6,500 participants


How can you support the arts in our hospitals?

They are many ways in which you can support the arts programme.

  • You can donate to the Arts Programme here
  • Volunteer to bring the healing power of the arts to more people in hospital and outpatients.
  • Follow rb&hArts on Twitter/Facebook to find out more and join activities @rbh_Arts
  • Join the rb&hArts mailing list here

Or visit rbht.nhs.uk/arts

The core creative programme includes:

Commissions 

rb&hArts manages temporary exhibitions in a number of public spaces across the hospitals - the coffee shop and 3rd Floor in Sydney Wing, and Hungry Hare and ReBeat gallery in Harefield.

Vocal Beats

Two days a week on the paediatric ward, lead music facilitators Heather McClelland and Stac accompanied by beatboxers Bellatrix and Mc Zani, take young inpatients on a musical journey. The project aims to enhance levels of wellbeing, music skills and confidence. 

Singing for Breathing

Weekly workshops to learn breathing techniques, release physical tension, meet new people and have fun, supporting people with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), an incurable respiratory condition which makes breathing difficult. 

Musicians in residence

Live music, singing and creative music-making opportunities - Musicians Adrian Garratt and Stac Dowdeswell provide live music on our adult wards each week. 

Crafternoons

Working with artists and craftisans to run monthly ‘crafternoons’ and participatory workshops, bringing together volunteers, outpatients and inpatients to learn new creative skills.