rb&hArts runs an innovative arts programme at Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust. It is designed to improve the clinical environment and patient experience, and enhance the well-being of patients, visitors, staff and the local communities surrounding each hospital.
The department manages a permanent collection of 1,200 artworks, delivers bespoke visual arts commissions, and runs an innovative participatory arts programme, comprising music on the wards and workshops. We engage over 5,000 people each year, often participating in the arts for the first time.
In 2018, we celebrated 10 years of our pioneering Singing For Breathing programme, supporting people living with breathlessness better manage their condition through singing and vocal coaching.
You can also buy rb&hArts merchandise from their online shop
What we do
NHS 70: Thanks for Everything
A commemoration of the history of care provided in our hospitals to mark the 70th anniversary of the NHS, delivered thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund leading to a new permanent commission by Carrie Reichardt. Find out more about our celebrations and watch the videos.
Special commission: Emily Gardiner
Ceramic artwork suggestive of the Mediterranean sun and sea by artist and ceramicist Emily Gardiner for Harefield transplant patients #Harefieldceramic. See more of Emily's work.
We work with artists and craftisans to run monthly ‘crafternoons’ and participatory workshops.
Singing for Breathing
Weekly workshops to learn breathing techniques, release physical tension, meet new people and have fun.
We work with artists and in collaboration with departments to improve clinical spaces, and enhance the patient experience in the hospitals. We also manage a collection of 1,200 pieces of art that are displayed in patients’ areas and across the hospitals. Find out more about our 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.
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. It is funded by BBC Children in Need, Brompton Fountain and Youth Music. To find out more, see the year one report (PDF, 182KB).
Musicians in residence
Musicians Adrian Garratt and Stac Dowdeswell provide live music on our adult wards each week.
Volunteer with us
We have some new and exciting volunteering opportunities for those who are looking to work with our Arts team and to learn some new and crafty skills! Find out more.
Support the rb&hArts programme
We are supported by a range of trusts, including Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity, as well as individual donors.