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Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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About us

Our aim is to use the visual arts, performance, music and literature to make our hospitals welcoming and attractive environments and to help reduce stress and anxiety for those visiting.

There is now a wealth of research showing that the arts can provide real, measurable health benefits to patients - young and old. Studies have shown that music and the visual arts can reduce the length of a patient's stay in hospital, decrease levels of depression and reduce the perception of pain.

We believe that the creation of a positive and uplifting environment can do much to improve wellbeing and the quality of life for patients, visitors and staff.

Our arts projects are developed in close collaboration with staff to create a calming atmosphere in wards and departments and to distract, engage and bring pleasure to patients, visitors and staff.

Please explore these pages to see examples of the important and inspiring projects that help transform our hospitals.


Most of the artlink projects are funded by Oxford Hospitals Charity or from external trusts and foundations, including the John Radcliffe Hospital League of Friends. We are wholly dependent on the generosity of individuals and others to develop our work.

You can support the arts programme by giving a donation, buying artwork from one of our temporary exhibitions or buying one of Lisa Milroy's beautiful drawings.

Offers of artwork

We are often approached with generous offers of artwork from members of the public. To ensure that we only accept work which we have the funding to install and maintain in good condition, and which we feel will provide real benefit to patients, we have a process for considering these offers.

All offers of artwork are discussed by the Arts Forum, an advisory group of clinical and non-clinical staff and patient representatives, which meets quarterly. The group considers each artwork in terms of the quality of artistic work, suitability of the work to a hospital environment, infection control standards, and the cost of installing and maintaining the work. If the work is deemed suitable we explore possible locations and discuss the work with staff working there before accepting it.

In 2014 composer Orlando Gough created BREATHe, a new piece of music theatre through research in the Respiratory Medicine department at the Churchill Hospital and dialogue with doctors, patients, scientists and University of Oxford academics.

BREATHe - 2014

BREATHe was first performed at the North Wall in November 2014 as part of a one-day Breath Festival of events, talks, performances and exhibitions across Oxford's museums.

BREATHe cafè table tops in the John Radcliffe Hospital and Churchill Hospital cafès. Vinyl 'tablecloths' with facts, poetry and quotes about breath and breathing give visitors something to look at and talk about whilst they sip their coffee.

BREATHe trailer

Duration: 3 minutes 32 seconds

If you enjoyed the BREATHe trailer above, then watch the full 36 minute film on or

Contact us

John Radcliffe, Churchill or Horton General Hospital

Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre