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154 artworks by 60 artists

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Vital Arts is the arts organisation for Barts Health NHS Trust. We are charitably funded to deliver art projects that enhance the hospital environment and, in turn, improve the patient experience. With five hospitals in east London – The Royal London, St Bartholomew’s (Barts), Mile End, Whipps Cross and Newham University Hospital – and over 2.5 million patients, we see these important civic areas as ideal places to introduce new audiences to contemporary art. We offer patients, staff and visitors meaningful cultural encounters which they might not otherwise access. Founded in 1996, Vital Arts has grown into one of the UK’s leading Arts and Health organisations. The collection is diverse, made up of site-specific commissions for wards and departments, donations, participatory projects, purchases and currently consists of over 2,000 works of art. The works are displayed at the five hospital sites, in multiple buildings with varying access restrictions and our artworks are also occasionally loaned to exhibitions and programmes outside of the hospitals.