Cardiff Royal Infirmary Arts Report 2021-2022

After a year of working with staff, patients, visitors and the community at  Cardiff Royal Infirmary, the Arts for Health and Wellbeing team are excited and grateful for the opportunity to work to create a template to embed the creative arts in wellbeing health services and to provide a platform for all to engage in the creative arts and the numerous wellbeing benefits this can bring.

Collaboration with the Wales Millennium Centre

We were delighted to support artist and community connector, Nerida Bradley, to build new relationships with vulnerable and marginalised groups within our communities with the aim of discovering any hurdles which may exist for vulnerable young people to access our services.

The Health Charity Team visit Beloved Cardiff Royal Infirmary Painting at RMA Sandhurst

After arranging for a high-quality print of the painting to be gifted back to Cardiff Royal Infirmary, members of the Cardiff & Vale Health Charity team were invited to visit the painting at RMA Sandhurst and hear about the new findings that have been uncovered from the research around it.


The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Team were proud to commission Haf Weighton and Dewi Tannatt Lloyd to conceive and work on a project, GWELD (See) which used art and photography to widen the experience of Cardiff to a group of clients that attend Oasis using imagination and real experience of the service users at Oasis.

Duke Al Delivers Poetry Writing Sessions in Collaboration with Links Community Mental Health Service

We were delighted to commission Duke Al to design and deliver an 8 week poetry writing course for people attending our Links Community Mental Health Service. Sessions were tailored to the group in collaboration with Evey Damato, Occupational Therapist at the Links Team.

New Sound and Film Installation opens at Cardiff Royal Infirmary

The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Team are delighted to launch ‘HOSPES’, an immersive, site-specific installation and online portal created by award-winning composer & multimedia artist John Meirion Rea, in collaboration with cinematographer and photographer, Huw Talfryn Walters.

Cardiff Royal Infirmary Timeline

Through funding from the Staff Lottery at Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Programme are proud to create a timeline to reflect 200 years of organised healthcare being provided in the South and East Cardiff Locality area, which is now on display in the Therapies corridor at Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

Art for SARC

The Staff Lottery Bids Panel were delighted to fund the project, because it supports the important work being carried out by SARC who assist and care for extremely vulnerable individuals who come to use their service. The Bids Panel hope the artwork brings solace and tranquillity to those who need it most.

Rhian Gregory Kindly Donates Calming Woodland Photography Prints to SARC

Photographer Rhian Gregory has kindly donated two woodland photography canvas prints to the newly refurbished, Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC) at Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

COMSC X SHARE GAME JAM at Cardiff Royal Infirmary

The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Programme were delighted to host students from Cardiff University at Cardiff Royal Infirmary as part of the COMSC X SHARE GAME JAM. The mixed group of Computer Science and History students spent the week visiting and exploring the history of three heritage sites in Cardiff as inspiration for the video games they would create at the end of the week.

Cardiff and Vale Health Inclusion Service is Adorned with Art

To improve the environment for patients visiting Cardiff and Vale Health Inclusion Service (CAVHIS) at Cardiff Royal Infirmary, the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Programme commissioned an array of artwork, some of which were kindly supported by monies provided by NHS Charities Together, to be put on display for all to see.

Actor, Daniel Buck, Runs Creative Project with Tredegarville Primary School

Daniel is delivering innovative creative writing, improvisation and role-playing workshops with Illustrator, Holly Raddy, which are designed to improve oracy and writing skills through acting and storytelling.

Wall Vinyl to reflect our Superhero Health Board Staff

we installed this wonderful wall vinyl as a tribute to our superhero staff! Grosvenor Interiors created and fitted this piece which we commissioned using funding from NHS Charities Together. The wall vinyl is on display in the CAVHIS/Links corridor at Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

International Women’s Day Launch of Dancing the Self

In celebration of International Women’s Day, we will be hosting a Women’s Wellbeing Fair as an opportunity for women and people of underrepresented gender to learn more about the project, Dancing the Self.

Postcards of Thanks Gifted to Cardiff Royal Infirmary Staff and Supporters in Celebration of the Chapel’s Centenary

As the 100th anniversary of the Chapel at Cardiff Royal Infirmary is marked, the Staff Lottery, part of Cardiff & Vale Health Charity has funded for CRI staff and supporters to receive a card of thanks for their contribution to the hospital and its community.

Malcolm Murphy – Capel i Bawb : Chapel for All

Artist, Malcolm Murphy, was commissioned by the Arts for Health and Wellbeing Programme with funding from the Staff Lottery, to create a painting to acknowledge the 100 years of the Chapel at Cardiff Royal Infirmary and its bright and sustainable future.

Unlocked – A Spoken Word Performance by Duke Al Durham

Duke collaborated with videographer Trevor Burgess, illustrator Dom Tsoi and music producer Tom James, together with performance artist Ruby Atlanta Boland and staff members at Cardiff Royal Infirmary to create a spoken word performance showing thanks to NHS staff.

Artwork by Jaydan Alexander for Transgender Day of Remembrance

We are currently working with Jaydan Alexander, a transgender artist on a piece celebrating PRIDE to be displayed at Cardiff Royal Infirmary.

CRI Now: a Moment in Time – Exhibition

A new exhbition is displayed in the Cardiff Royal Infirmary chapel, featuring portraits of current staff captured by Lisa Marie-Mansfield as well and photographs of the site taken by the memembers of staff themselves.

Duke Al Durham Commissioned to Create Poem and Performance

We are privileged to work with inspiring artist, spoken word poet, Duke Al Durham and his team collaborators, illustrator Dom Tsoi, producer Tom James and visual creative Trevor Burgess in supporting them to create a unique poem and performance which we can share digitally and as part of a performative event next year.

John Meirion Rea Commissioned to Create Multi-media Soundscape

John Meirion Rea has been commissioned to create an inter-disciplinary artwork that will be presented as a soundscape installation and a digital legacy in collaboration with photographer and cinematographer, Huw Talfryn Walters and designer, Oliver Norcott.

Ophelia Dos Santos – My Grampy Mike

Ophelia created a body of work for Cardiff Royal Infirmary that aims to encourage cultural awareness, that people can be both Black and Welsh and to highlight stories and amplify voices that may not have been heard.

Clare Williams – Colours of the NHS

The Arts for Health and Wellbeing team commissioned artist Clare Williams to produce an original piece of art that celebrates diversity and inclusion within Cardiff, The Vale of Glamorgan and across Wales.

Adele Pask – Synergy

Artist Adele Pask is commissioned to create a piece of artwork as a response to the Black Lives Matter Movement and as part of Cardiff and Vale University Health Board’s Inclusion Agenda.

GUNK Illustration – Wonder

The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Team were proud to commission GUNK Illustration to produce Wonder, a double A0 sized illustrated mural, printed on board, to celebrate the diversity of staff and patients within the NHS.

Cardiff Royal Infirmary; People, Place, Future

The Arts for Health and Wellbeing Team at Cardiff & Vale Health Charity are delighted to receive funding and support from the Arts Council of Wales from the new National Lottery Arts, Health and Wellbeing Fund to commence the project Cardiff Royal Infirmary; people, place, future.

Care of the Wounded Soldiers Print Unveiled

A poignant painting, which once hung in Cardiff Royal Infirmary that depicted life on its Mametz Ward during the First World War, will soon be adorning the walls of the hospital’s Chapel once again, thanks to a donation from the Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps  Association (QARANC).

Nathan Wyburn – Gareth Thomas Portrait

Nathan Wyburn was commissioned to create this piece in tribute to his friend and LGBTQ+ icon Gareth Thomas to hang in the Department of Sexual Health. Nathan chose to use red paint and fingerprint to create this piece to use of red paint to symbolise blood and finger prints as identity to help break down HIV stigma.