Arts and Heritage 

UCLH arts and heritage is committed to providing a welcoming, uplifting environment for all patients, visitors and staff through the use of a varied and stimulating arts and heritage programme. Its work aims to improve patient well-being, boost staff morale, increase engagement with the arts and celebrate the Trust’s unique heritage.

What will survive of us is love. 2012, Marmoleum flooring, By Grayson Perry

  • Why have the arts in hospitals?

    The last 25-30 years has seen a substantial growth in the arts for health field, and the importance of the arts on health and well-being is widely recognised.  Evidence shows that arts interventions in healthcare environments have a number of positive therapeutic and medical outcomes for patients including:

    • Reduction of stress
    • Reduction of depression and anxiety
    • Reduced blood pressure
    • Reduced pain intensity
    • Reduced need for medication
    • Improved mental health

    The Arts also:

    • Improve staff morale
    • Assist in the recruitment and retention of staff
    • Develop links and partnerships with the local community
    • Help us to learn about one another’s heritage
    • Encourage neighbourliness
  • Donations

    UCLH arts and heritage is funded by charitable donations. We welcome any donations and actively seek partners for collaborative projects. If you are interested in becoming involved or supporting UCLH Arts please contact the Arts Curator or Archivist.

    UCLH arts and heritage also welcomes potential donations of art work, however in order to maintain the appropriate environment for staff and visitors, proposed donations and purchases are subject to a number of conditions as outlined in the acquisitions and disposal policy available from the Arts Curator.

  • The Art Collection

    Typically hospital art collections across the country are developed from a foundation of paintings of the past and present leading clinicians, surgeons, governors, patrons, chairs and professors. UCLH’s collection is no exception and has a number of portraits, the oldest of which was painted by Robert Edge Pine (1742- 1790) depicting the Earl of Northumberland laying the foundation of the Middlesex Hospital. These paintings form a vital link to the past, to individuals who did so much for their respective institutions.  A typical, and rather fine example, is that of a portrait by the war artist Francis Edwin Hodges (1883 – 1949) of Lord Alfred Webb-Johnson, (1880 – 1958), resplendent in his robes. Other examples of Hodges work can be seen in the Imperial War Museum.

    Presently UCLH Arts collection predominantly relies on donations and loans from artists and patients and it has now gathered a modest collection of limited edition prints by active, up and coming young artists which can be seen across the Trust’s campus. Alongside this core collection the Trust has commissioned several large scale site specific artworks for the new University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre, including works by Sir Peter Blake, Grayson Perry and Stuart Haygarth.

  • Art programmes

    UCLH arts and heritage runs a variety of arts activity across the Trust including a number of exhibition areas, music performances on wards and public areas, artist residencies, poetry and art workshops for patients.
  • Exhibitions

    UCLH arts and heritage has one permanent and one temporary exhibition areas: The Heritage Trail and The Street Gallery at University College Hospital. The Heritage Trail, located within UCH, has museum grade showcases and graphic panels which celebrate UCLH rich history. The Street Gallery shows local and national artists work for all to enjoy. We welcome proposals from artists wishing to exhibit within UCH and artists wishing to do so are asked to complete the exhibition proposal form which is available from
  • Music and Performance

    UCLH arts and heritage programmes a diverse range of musical performances within the Atrium of UCH, University College Hospital Macmillan Cancer Centre and the Basil Samuel Outpatients Department, and the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery. Concerts usually last an hour and occur weekly. We work with the charity Live Music Now! to bring the best of young musical talent to our patients

  • Links to Arts in Health organisation

 Contact details

Art Curator:

Guy Noble
Arts Curator
Telephone: 020 3447 5451

Office address:  
Arts Curator
Capital Investment and Facilities Management Directorate,
4th Floor Maple House,
149 Tottenham Court Road


Telephone: 020 3447 7717

Office address:
Trust Archivist
ICT Department, 2nd floor, Maple House
149 Tottenham Court Road