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Ruth Charity runs artlink, an ongoing arts and music programme for the John Radcliffe, Churchill and Horton hospitals. Its aim is to create an attractive and welcoming hospital environment for patients, visitors and staff, and help reduce stress and anxiety. The programme includes integrated arts commissions, arts/science collaborations, a temporary exhibitions programme, music on wards, artist residencies and workshops and a staff arts club. See www.ouh.nhs.uk/artlink for full details.
BREATHe & Breathe Festival
Ruth Charity developed BREATHe, a music theatre composition by Orlando Gough, working with Oxford Contemporary Music, Oxford University’s Humanities department and Oxford University Museums. BREATHe reflects breath from birth to death, and was developed through a residency in the Respiratory Medicine department at the Churchill Hospital. It was performed at the North Wall with professional singers and an amateur chorus including patients with respiratory problems.
Ruth Charity developed an extensive programme of artwork by Gina Glover for the Oxford Fertility Centre’s new building. The aim of the project was to use art to create an attractive, reassuring and welcoming space for patients and reflect the Centre’s research.
John Henry Brookes Building
Ruth Charity works as art consultant to Oxford Brookes University on its public art programme. Artworks she has developed and managed include Download, a glass artwork by Andrew Small for the main piazza, and Resounding, a large suspended artwork commission for the atrium of the student building by Annie Cattrell. Resounding was designed specifically for the atrium space and is inspired by the movement of water. It is created from over 300 coloured cast resin droplets suspended from the ceiling