Artist Tim A Shaw and curator Niamh White founded Hospital Rooms after a close friend was sectioned and admitted to a mental health hospital. On visiting her, they were shocked to find that the hospital environment was cold and clinical at a time when she was so vulnerable. Having worked in the arts for 10 years each, they felt they had the skills and community to be able to transform these spaces with high quality artworks. In 2016, Dr Emma Whicher (now one of Hospital Rooms’ trustees) gave them the opportunity to run their first project at the Phoenix Unit, a rehabilitation unit for people with a diagnosis of schizophrenia. They commissioned Nick Knight, Gavin Turk, Assemble among other world class artists to work with patients and staff to create site specific artwork for the ward. The project received national press attention and Hospital Rooms has been inundated with requests for projects ever since.
So far, Hospital Rooms has undertaken a number of acclaimed projects, completed in some of the most challenging mental health settings.
For every Hospital Rooms’ project we carefully select a roster of artists according to the needs of each community. Our artists work closely with patients, staff and the NHS Trust to create unique, world class and site specific artwork.
Our artists have worked with and created artwork for everyone from adolescents in severe mental health crisis to older people with dementia as well as Psychiatric Intensive Care Units and longer term locked rehabilitation environments.
Our supporters enable us to continue transforming mental health hospitals with the world’s best artists, patients, staff and the wider community.
Together, we are ensuring all people in mental health services have access to extraordinary art.
Hospital Rooms would like to thank the following individuals, partners, charitable organisations and businesses for generously supporting our ambitious programme:
And all those who wish to remain anonymous, thank you.
Niamh White studied History of Art at Goldsmiths and was a 2018 Professional Fellow at the University of Leeds. She is curator of the Dentons Art Prize, a biannual £5,000 prize for early career artists. She has curated a broad range of exhibitions for public and commercial galleries including The Pierrot Project, which was funded by the Britten Pears Foundation and the Holst Foundation; and Papaver Rhoeas, a Wellcome Trust funded project by artist Paddy Hartley that has been displayed in 11 London museums including Kew Gardens, Saatchi Gallery, Freud Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum. In 2016, Niamh was commissioned by London College of Fashion to curate a moveable exhibition that travels to hard to reach audiences. She previously worked at SHOWstudio and Hauser & Wirth.
Tim A Shaw
Tim A Shaw lives and works in London. He studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martin’s. He has exhibited and lectured internationally and his recent exhibitions include: 1 Godley VC House, Griffin Gallery, London (2018), The Voice of a Generation, The Quin, New York (2018), Control to Collapse, Blythe Gallery, London (2018), The Needs Machine, various locations including Somerset House Inigo Rooms and Bethlem Gallery (2018), Refuge, Griffin Gallery Perimeter Space, London (2017), The Pierrot Studio, Display Gallery, London (2016), Entrances & Exits, The Warehouse, London (2015), Art I Curate/Ligne Roset, London (2014), The Pierrot Project, Generation & Display, London (2014), Intangible Beauty, Kasher Potamkin, New York (2014), In Your Face, SHOWstudio (2012).