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John Radcliffe

Main Hospital

Radiology Department

Artist/designer Ella Doran has created a programme of artwork to transform the entire department, incorporating solar spectrum wallpaper, dichroic entrance lettering, light themed artwork and light box and colourful furniture and disposable curtains.

Two smiling women with lanyards sit and chat on plastic chairs in a corridor with three sunset pictures on the wall behind

Radiology... has recently invested in improving its environment by the installation of carefully chosen art, creating a brighter corridor and waiting room; a light box encompassing a light and shade theme has lifted and enhanced the area and promoted much positive comment and conversation.A calming ambience and attractive surroundings benefit all. Carefully selected art which is appropriate and broadly appealing absolutely enhances the patient/visitor experience and the working life of all the hospital staff. Helen Nicholl, CT Superintendent Radiographer

Ambulatory Assessment Unit

Colourful wallpaper has been installed in the waiting room to create a more uplifting space, and restful prints by Angie Lewin in the Day Room to create a calm space for meetings with patients and their families.

Wall painting of naive poppies on a clinic room wall

The staff and patients love the transformation. It's amazing that a simple wallpaper can transform the waiting room so dramatically... and the prints brighten up the room beautifully! Raymond Atienza-Hawkes, Unit Nurse Manager

Hands On - Lisa Milroy

Hands On is a drawing commission by artist Lisa Milroy, specially designed for the John Radcliffe Hospital's Emergency Department in Oxford.

Hands On comprises over a hundred watercolour and acrylic drawings of everyday objects, which have been photographed as an installation and were intended as a vinyl installation for a designated wall in the Emergency Department waiting area. The vinyl commission is on hold until future plans for the department are agreed, but 52 of the drawings have been framed and installed in groups in waiting rooms, corridors, a nurses' station and relatives' room in the Emergency Department and Emergency Assessment Department.

Single images have also been installed in some patient cubicles. It is hoped that the drawings will provide a useful talking point for patients, particularly older people with dementia.

Further Hands On drawings are for sale on line through Drawing Room.

The artist has very generously gifted her work to the hospital and proceeds from sales go to Oxford Hospitals Charity to support the artlink programme.


Artist Laura McCafferty has created new artwork based on the theme of seating - from young festival goers to older ladies playing bingo. Her work uses a collage of found textiles sewn onto careful line drawings derived from screenprints.


Three views of the Oxford skyline, taken from the top of the Women's Centre are by photographer Jan Palmer, who was once a nurse in the Trust. She also created the flower images in the smaller waiting areas as well as the long strip of small images along the corridor. These photographs were chosen by Jan after asking staff to name their 'favourite things'; each photograph represents something personal to a member of staff.

The Corridor Gallery

The Corridor Gallery in the main entrance corridor of the hospital shows a changing programme of temporary exhibitions by professional artists. Exhibitions change every six weeks to show a wide range of different work for the enjoyment of patients, visitors and staff. Most work is for sale and a percentage of profits support the Trust's arts programme.

Last reviewed:14 September 2023