Hospital Rooms: The power couple transforming mental health spaces with art

Tim and Niamh are the co-founders of Hospital Rooms, a charity bringing “world class art to mental health hospitals”.

Pod and I first met Tim and Niamh at their recent exhibition at Unit 1 Gallery Workshop. The exhibition showcased their work for Bluebell Lodge, a locked rehabilitation unit for men at Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust. Participating artists included Anna Barriball, Rachael Champion, Steve Macleod, Tim A Shaw, Bob and Roberta Smith, Mark Titchner and Antony Gormley. 

As well as designing bespoke murals for the unit, Hospital Rooms also collaborated on workshops with patients, including helping patients to design and make their own camera obsura.  

It was clear through viewing the artworks that each artist had really considered the setting of their work. A particular highlight was a hand painted mural by Mark Titchner in the communal lounge. Both the quote on the wall and dedication to painting it induced a feeling of ease into the lounge.  

We were both instantly struck by the kindness of the community at the exhibition, and Hospital Rooms’s willingness to help us on our collective’s journey. We met with them in their offices in Bethnal Green the following week, to learn more about their work.  

Niamh and Tim taught us the importance of having a mission to really motivate what we do and how this will help when contacting hospitals for collaborations. They have been featured on the BBC and the Guardian, and are quickly establishing their names in the art in health scene.    

We are so grateful to Tim and Niamh for meeting with us and for all their help on our journey thus far. Please donate to their work if you can.

Sophia Luu