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John Radcliffe

West wing


This 5-storey wall painting was created by internationally renowned artist Michael Craig-Martin and designed specifically for the Community Atrium.

He describes his thinking behind the work, "My principal aim has been to transform the bleak view from the windows of the children's wards facing into the atrium. The great height of the wall opposite has made it possible to create an image of immense scale, a highly coloured interplay of objects and giant letters spelling KIDS. I hope it will create a sense of pleasure and wonderment and act as a stimulus to the imagination of all, but particularly for those children confined to the wards, the only place where it will be possible to see the painting properly, at eye level and head-on."

Memories of the Radcliffe Infirmary

A series of artworks hang along the corridor to the West Wing from the main John Radcliffe building that relate to the Radcliffe Infirmary, the first hospital in Oxford, which was located in Jericho in the north of the city.

Portraits of those who helped found the hospital and have contributed to its development have been restored and hang in a public corridor for all to see. Captions provide an insight into the characters of those who stare out at you.

'Last Days': As the hospital was closing down, photographer Gina Glover spent time with staff and wandering the hospital corridors, capturing details of the buildings and portraits of those who worked there. Her composite images, collages of found transparencies and pin-hole camera images of the boardroom are an evocative reminder of a well-loved institution.

Nick White's images of the hospital date from his days working at the Radcliffe Infirmary as a medical photographer, and include a photograph of eighteenth and nineteenth century graffiti by those who built the hospital.

The Eye Hospital Waiting Rooms

'Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storms, but to add colour to my sunset sky' Rabindranath Tagore.

In 2010 the artist Nicky Hirst was commissioned to transform the Eye Hospital waiting areas into attractive and welcoming spaces.

The inspiration for her work comes from three paintings in the Ashmolean Museum - by John Constable, William Turner and Samuel Palmer - all of which contain beautifully painted skies. Selecting sections of sky from each painting and enlarging them to create backdrops or murals, she has brought a colour and a sense of space into these small waitings rooms. A framed reproduction of each Ashmolean painting, the same size as the original, is hung on top of each skyscape.

Picture to come

Sun Dial Night Watch

A large tapestry has been installed in the West Wing as part of a collaboration between artist Susan Morris and chronobiologist Katharina Wulff. Two further tapestries are installed in the Academic Centre. For Further details of the Academic Centre.

Neuroscience Ward

65 prints, photographs and paintings for single rooms in Neurosciences and Specialist Surgery wards have been purchased from artists living and working in Oxfordshire through an open selection process.